Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources
Employer: Natural History Museum
Salary: £77,000 to £95,000 per annum, plus performance related bonus
Location: London

About you

A true people person, you will demonstrate a genuine interest in people and can build rapport and gain trust at all levels of the organisation. Calm, discreet and diplomatic, you will respect confidentiality in all matters and give honest feedback, whilst being warm, friendly and approachable. We are looking for someone who is productive and proactive, a finisher who enjoys getting things done.

An exceptional leader, you will need to manage, motivate and inspire a team consisting of HR, Health & Safety, Learning & Development, Apprentice & Volunteering, Recruitment and Reward professionals. You will lead by example and be a role model for other leaders within the Museum.

A trusted advisor to the leadership team, you will provide insightful, pragmatic advice as well as guidance and support on a whole range of people issues. You will implement people plans that are sustainable and will deliver long-term results.

You must have deep experience of organisational development, succession planning and recruitment to ensure that we attract, develop and retain talent and our strongest performers, and have effective and comprehensive measures in place for performance management.

We are connected, so you must have a collaborative, generous approach to work and share ideas. You must also have the confidence to make, and stand by, your decisions.

We value evidence. Data led, you will use HR analytics to identify trends, identify solutions to problems and inform management decisions.

We value creativity. You will need to be creative in your approach, brimming with great ideas, eager to try new things – enhancing our L&D offer, building upon our range of benefits, or developing new engagement initiatives. You must be commercially astute, numerate and a confident negotiator to ensure the Museum secures the best value with a wide range of HR service suppliers.

We value diversity, so you will be committed to improving the diversity of our work force by working closely with our diversity partners (ENEI), implementing our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. You will support our Apprenticeship Manager in seeking out new funding partners for apprenticeships and make best use of our Apprenticeship Levy funds.

Your written English must be exceptional. You will be able to draft new policies, all-staff communications, formal correspondence and HR marketing collateral with fluency and flair.

You should hold a CIPD qualification (at least level 7, ideally Fellowship of the CIPD) and will be committed to continuous professional development and expanding your professional network. To be successful in this role, you will have a blend of experience in private, public, academic and heritage sectors. You will have previous experience of working in a unionised environment. It helps if you can also demonstrate an understanding of, and a keen interest in, the vision of the Natural History Museum.

This is a career defining role for an exceptional HR professional. If you think this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

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