Head of HR

Head of HR

Job Title: Head of HR
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Corby, Northamptonshire
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000
REF: 896539
Contact Name: Eloise Shelton
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 2 years ago

Job Description

Working on behalf of a dynamic, forward thinking and highly skilled business, who provide innovative and secure solutions for over 300 clients and their thousands of brands. Our client is uniquely positioned to deliver insights on UK consumer promotions and is considered an expert in the media.

As an experienced Head of HR, you will report directly into the Managing Director for the UK and Europe. This role is a stand-alone position and you will sit on the UK's Executive Management Team. The purpose of this generalist HR role is to provide guidance and leadership for all people based activities within the business from an operational HR perspective, predominately for the UK and Poland. The role plays a key part in supporting the Vice President of Human Resources in the USA with overseeing Europe covering Germany, Spain and Italy.

The successful candidate will be a strong HR professional with the ability to influence, coach and build excellent relationships and foster effective communication with the core leadership team. To succeed in this role proven experience of implementing strategic HR initiatives and strong experience in a leadership HR role are required.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Coordinating and overseeing all recruitment, selection and induction programs for the UK. Outside of the UK these activities will be delivered locally
  • Facilitating performance management appraisals and personal development plans
  • Managing the payroll and expenses accurately and timely on a monthly basis using Trace Payroll and Web Expenses, experience of using these systems would be advantageous
  • Plan and organisation of development and training
  • Support and advise on organisational change management and structural changes
  • Attend the monthly executive meeting to provide an update on key HR issues and activities
  • Support the VPHR in the USA with gathering, collating and reviewing information across Europe
  • Support and guide managers to ensure any performance or grievance issues are managed in a legally compliant and professional way
  • Oversee the HR activities carried out by the Office Manager in the Poland operation to include, providing advice and support, conducting a weekly 121 and visiting 2/3 times per year
  • Requesting and implementing salary increases and supporting promotions with Line Managers
  • HR policy development, documentation and implementation, ensuring all policies are kept up to date and are compliant with the relevant legislation
  • Ensure company relations are good at all times, using surveys and communication to continuously improve and encourage employee engagement
  • Facilitate company-wide programs, performance appraisals, reward and recognition, compliance training and weekly updates
  • Maintaining ISO9001:2015, conducting internal audits and facilitating 6 monthly periodic external audits
  • Development of employee orientated culture that emphasises quality, continuous improvement and high performance

Skills and experience required:

  • 5+ years operational HR Manager experience
  • Qualified to CIPD level 7
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Strong experience in a leadership HR role and understanding of the HR function
  • A strong knowledge of employment law
  • Ability to influence, coach and build strong relationships
  • Demonstrates maturity, professionalism and gravitas and quickly establishes credibility and respect amongst peers
  • Demonstrable understanding of personalities and behavioural styles in order to make informed decisions around resourcing, reporting structures and relationships
  • Ability to adapt leadership style to situations
  • Able to facilitate others in the decision-making process and explain unpopular decisions to others
  • Proven experience of implementing strategic HR initiatives
  • Previous experience of working in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries and complaints
  • Ability to travel across European sites as required

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Relevant management degree
  • Experience of training, designing and implementing training programmes
  • Understanding of payroll
  • Auditing skills specific to ISO
  • Understanding of European legislation (Spain, Italy, Germany & Poland)


  • 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Salary and benefits:

  • £45,000 - £50,000
  • 10% annual management bonus based on personal and business objectives
  • 25 days holiday plus statutory 8 days
  • Contributory pension scheme: 3% employee & 5% employer
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible working & fully expensed travel to Poland
  • Family healthcare cover
  • Lap top and mobile phone