Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development

  • Job Reference: 473093408-2
  • Date Posted: 14 January 2022
  • Recruiter: PSPS
  • Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £68,750 to £74,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: 30 days AL, 21.9% pension
  • Sector: HR, Recruitment
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Public Sector Partnership Services (PSPS) is looking its for its next Head of HR & OD.
The Company
PSPS is a local authority trading company which is wholly owned by its three shareholder councils, which includes South Holland District Council (SHDC), East Lindsay District Council (ELDC) and Boston Borough Council (BBC) in Lincolnshire. It delivers a range of front and back-office services which includes, HR & OD, Financial Services, ICT and Digital, Revenue and Benefits, Customer Contact, Health and Safety and has an internal Corporate Services function. PSPS employs 280 employees and delivers HR services to the Councils 1100 employees, and across 40% of the Lincolnshire district Council's local communities. Our councils have recently created an exciting sub-regional Council partnership, known as the South and East Lincolnshire Council Partnership (S&ELCP). The company operates at arm length to the Councils and its governance arrangements are overseen by a Board of Directors. PSPS was established in 2010 and has recently secured a further 10-year contract to 2030. The company operates from each of the council offices in Spalding, Boston and Manby (note we are relocating our Manby office to Horncastle in late 2022).
The Role
The Head of HR & OD is responsible for the strategic delivery and performance of the HR & Payroll service across the four organisations and leads the HR Team which includes Payroll, Employee Relations, Operations, Recruitment, and Learning and Development. The Head of HR & OD reports directly to the Chief Executive of PSPS and is part of the company Senior Leadership Team and sits on the Corporate Management Group. They are responsible for the oversight of circa 27 HR professionals who deliver the day-to-day HR services. They are responsible for ensuring the delivery of services in line with agreed SLA's and KPI's. They are required to work effectively and in partnership with key client leads in support of their internal OD and culture work streams, including significant change and transformation activity. They are also the strategic lead for the company's transformation programmes relating to people and HR services.
The Person
We are looking for an experienced strategic HR leader, who is a customer focussed, innovative, and an inspiring senior HR professional, who can continue the great work which the current incumbent and her team have been delivering over the last two years. The person will need to be level 7 CIPD qualified, who has experience of leading a multi-disciplined HR team of comparable scale and size and who has led the delivery of change and transformation across multiple and different organisations, ideally with experience of developing and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships. The person will need to have evidence of strategic leadership and resilience to deliver multiple HR requirements, including technical and operational knowledge of the delivery of payroll services. The ideal candidate will have experience of either commercial HR shared services delivery, public/third sector experience or within the local government sector. The cultural fit of the individual will also be very important within the HR team, wider organisations and within the Senior Leadership Team and, therefore, they will need to possess strong interpersonal skills, be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and be able to develop strategic programmes of work outlined in our People Plan (see attached) and Transformation Programme.
Our offer
In return for the above, the role will offer the following;
Salary starting from £68,750 p/a.- 39hr week (fulltime role)
Local Government pension scheme (circa 21.9% ECR)
Company Car / Lease Allowance (changes in July 22)
30 Days Annual Leave (plus Bank Holidays)
Private Healthcare (currently with BUPA)
Support with career development/progression
Family friendly policies and practices
Health & Wellbeing scheme - including birthday leave
A great place to work and a great HR team
The majority of our services are continuing to work remotely from home, however we anticipate a phased return during 2022. We are due to finalise and implement our new agile/hybrid working approach from April 2022, when we anticipate 50% of a working week will be spent in the office. As this role forms part of our Senior Leadership, additional attendance and travel should be anticipated, subject to business needs.
If you wish to have an informal discussion about the role with our Chief Executive, Lewis Ducket or the current Head of HR & OD, Nikki Harding, this can be arranged by contacting Executive Assistant, Tracey Borrett on (phone number removed)
Your application
1. A copy of your latest CV (max 4 pages).
2. A supporting statement (max 2 pages) which outlines your suitability and interest for the role against the requirements and job description.
These should be submitted online, through our First4 Recruitment portal.
Closing date for applications will be Sunday 23th January 2022
Interviews are planned for week commencing 7th February 2022.
The assessment process will involve a competency-based interview and presentation of a subject notified in advance and an informal employee and stakeholder engagement panel.
A psychometric/personality profile will be completed for shortlisted candidates who are invited to interview. You will need to be available for one-hour in between the shortlisting and interview dates