HSE jobs – Director, People and Capability

  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Key responsibilities
  • Skills and experience required
  • Personal attributes
  • How to apply


This post provides a challenging opportunity for an experienced HR professional. You will be refining and delivering the People Strategy for the HSE. We expect a strong focus on engaging and developing a highly capable and flexible workforce that is able to respond positively to the opportunities of a rapidly changing external landscape.

The Director People and Capability reports directly to the Chief Executive (Richard Judge) and is a member of the Senior Management Team (which provides organisational leadership across the HSE in a 2-tier governance structure in which the HSE Board is entirely non-executive).


  • to make an active contribution to the leadership of HSE and its people through membership of the Senior Management Team, accepting collective responsibility (with the HSE Board) for HSE’s long term success;
  • to provide cost-effective, responsive and integrated HR, organisational development and learning services that enable the successful delivery of the business strategy and that support the continuing development of the HSE.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensuring that the HSE has an engaged, skilled and motivated workforce, both now and in the future, by working with Directors to deliver effective workforce planning, succession and talent management;
  • Leading Organisational Development programmes that support continuous improvement and innovation, share good practice, and that enable sustained high performance for the HSE through the involvement of people and teams at all levels;
  • Releasing the full potential of people in all areas of HSE through effective employee engagement strategies and communications, focussed learning and development opportunities, and high quality performance management;
  • Providing the highest standards of strategic HR advice, support and challenge to the Chief Executive, the HSE Board and other senior managers, within the context of our values, civil service HR policies, and relevant regulatory frameworks;
  • Fostering a constructive climate for employee and Trade Union relations, and liaising productively with a wide range of external stakeholders (including DWP, the Treasury and other government departments);
  • Providing a high quality range of essential HR, core learning services and related management information to the HSE, collaborating across the wider civil service and securing value from external/ shared service suppliers;
  • Improving our HR systems and related processes to reduce cost and complexity, and involving people across HSE in responding to feedback and ideas.

The post-holder has direct functional and line management responsibility for about 50 employees delivering core HR functions and a number of business support roles with a budget of around £4 million.

The role is based in Liverpool (Bootle), where the HR team are located and where we would expect the majority of time to be spent. It will also involve regular travel to London and HSE’s other major sites.

Skills and experience required

(to be used as the basis of the sift and shortlisting for interview. For those invited to interview, evidence will be further developed and discussed)

The role requires expertise and stature to establish professional credibility and authority quickly. It requires a relevant professional qualification (e.g. Chartered CIPD) and/ or significant expertise as an HR professional leading the key areas of HR and OD.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their ability in;

  • Leading and building the strategic capability of a professional HR/OD team, working at senior/ Board level within a multisite organisation of equivalent scale and complexity, with a predominantly specialist technical/ professional workforce;
  • Delivering significant Organisational Development (OD) programmes that require influencing of wider management teams to implement sustainable changes;
  • Developing and delivering a value-added HR service that is aligned with and contributes directly to the achievement of business goals. This should include experience of managing suppliers/ partners, such as outsourced transactional services;
  • Operating as a specialist advisor, with the demonstrable technical expertise, practical understanding and business insight that supports advice on the key areas of HR;
  • Developing strong partnership based employee relations, ideally including experience of leading on the relevant aspects of internal communications and engagement;
  • Contributing to strategic debate and business decisions at Board level (or equivalent) on corporate issues beyond HR/OD is highly desirable;
  • A blend of public and private sector experience (or equivalent blends of skills in a business-like/ commercial environment) is highly desirable.

Personal attributes

((tested through psychometric testing following shortlisting and at interview)

The Core Competencies overleaf set out the expectations of HR Directors at this level. The following competencies are most important:

  • Strong leadership skills, both of teams and corporately;
  • The ability to work at pace in a complex and senior multi-stakeholder environment, able to pick up new issues and resolve them quickly;
  • Highly developed strategic thinking skills, able to identify tensions, set priorities and make trade-offs between the strategic and the pragmatic;
  • Highly developed communication, influencing and negotiation skills;
  • Collaborative approach, able to coach and to contribute as part of a broader team; and
  • A proven track record of winning and retaining the trust of top management, Boards and relevant external stakeholders (e.g. Ministers).

How to apply

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 11th March 2015 (12.00am).

For full details about this position and how to apply please read the Recruitment Brief available via Civil Service Jobs.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/careers/hr-scsb2-director-people-and-capability.htm