Group Head of HR

Activate Learning
£50,000 - £55,000 Per Year
26 Apr 2021 16:09
14 May 2021 23:59
Further Education
Job Level
HR / Training
Contract Type
Full Time
Organisational Type
General Further Education College

Group Head of HR

Activate Learning has been through an exciting and transformational period of growth. We are aiming for far-reaching, progressive change and impact through learning and this is at the heart of all we do.  We believe that each and every one of our employees is key to achieving this aim. Our mission as a Group HR team is to provide talent for the Activate Learning group and enable our employees to transform lives through our learning philosophy, driving an innovative people culture which embraces diverse thinking and progression. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Group Head of HR to join our HR Senior Leadership team to support our mission and ensure the delivery of our HR Strategic Plan. 

We are a wide and varied people organisation where the post holder will need to be adaptable and intuitive to the changing needs of the business. As a strategic and operational leader, you will provide advisory and operational HR Leadership to a team of HR Business Partners, the HRIS and Reward team, across our Activate Group, to share your vision and drive the delivery of strategic HR solutions, with an unwavering focus on service excellence. 

The post holder will be confident in driving a partnership/resolution approach to employee relations and provide expert advice and guidance on employment law and employee relations issues including organisational change projects, TUPE transfers, mergers and restructures. 

As a pivotal role within the HR Leadership Team, you will be experienced in executing people related strategies and will have worked in a fast-paced environment. You will drive consistent people data led decision making to encourage accountability and achieve the best outcomes for the organisation, with an awareness of where improvements can be developed and implemented. You will build strong working relationships with key stakeholders to ensure a learning and working environment that supports our Learning Philosophy.   


What do you need to be successful in this role?  

You will be an established senior HR leader with a proven track record of dealing with complex and sensitive employee relations issues.  You will have sound experience and knowledge of the legal framework related to HR together with current practical experience of confidently interpreting and applying this positively and pragmatically to a range of situations, across a large multi-sited organisation. You will be an inspiring and authentic leader and will bring excellent influencing and communication skills.  You will have a track record in managing change and implementing projects and initiatives to drive forward the HR strategy. Your energy and enthusiasm will foster strong internal stakeholder relationships and you will be confident to actively engage with employees at all levels.  Strong organisational skills and the ability to work at pace will allow you to prioritise, manage and delegate multiple streams of activity with varying priorities.


What are the benefits of working for Activate Learning Group? 

At Activate Learning we are pioneering education with an unwavering focus on providing talent for business and transforming lives through our award-winning Learning Philosophy. Our student experience is the result of our attention to detail in recruiting, developing and retaining the right staff who match and promote the values and behaviours of our brand.

We reward our employees with generous annual leave entitlements, access to training and development, travel subsidies – bus and train, cycle scheme, onsite parking (first come first served), plenty of public transport options for all sites, discounted membership to the Lifestyle Centre (on some campuses) and Employee Assistance Programme.

Applications are reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and we reserve the right to interview, appoint and close adverts early due to the volume of applications we receive.

We therefore encourage you to apply at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as once we have closed a vacancy you will be unable to submit your application form.

Activate Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo a DBS check at the appropriate level.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permits and work permits from other organisations are unacceptable as proof of right to work in the UK.

Applications are encouraged from all candidates meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria for the role regardless of age, disability, gender, orientation, race, religion or ethnicity.

Activate Learning are committed to employing people with disabilities and will ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible. If you require any reasonable adjustments either at application or interview stage please contact the talent team directly.

If an agency submits an unsolicited CV to any partner or employee of our company, you should be aware that they have no authority to enter into an arrangement with you. Should we require recruitment agency involvement, we will contact the agencies on our preferred suppliers list, and we would ask that you respect the relationships we have already built with these suppliers.


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