Bristol, Bristol City
£41,881 - £44,863 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are excited to be recruiting our next Head of People to lead our organisation’s delivery of employment law, people policy, processes, vision and strategy. A visible, approachable and accessible presence in our organisation, our Head of People is pivotal to our inclusive and dynamic working culture. If you think you can deliver what we need, read on.

We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black, Asian and Muslim candidates as they are currently under-represented in our organisation.

Please find full details of how to apply via our Website in the advert below. The deadline for application submissions is 23:59, 12 July 2021.

We are a multi award-winning youth homelessness & care leavers charity based in the South West, working with over 1,500 young people. We have strong local partnerships and adhere to the best practice in the sector.  We build trusting relationships between our young people and our colleagues and this is at the core of our work. We are passionate about what we do, and we work hard to make a positive change to young people’s lives.  Join us and be a part of this amazing effort to end youth homelessness! 

What we are looking for:

Our ideal candidate will be an expert in employment law and also creative and innovative, with a strong work ethic and a values driven attitude to People. Our Head of People plays an important role in making our organisation a great place to be, so with this in mind, in an ideal world:

  • You are passionate about making a positive difference to young people’s lives and ending youth homelessness.
  • You are an experienced Senior People Generalist, who thrives when working in partnership with other leaders, to develop and deliver on complex and ambitious People initiatives.
  • You have a strong analytical mind and you apply this in all areas of your work, with a consistent approach that others can trust and rely on. 
  • You are People focused, by which we mean, you are always thinking about ‘People’ in all that you do and you are always asking yourself ‘is there a way to create a win-win situation’.
  • You lead by example; you strive to make a positive difference to the working lives of our colleagues, and you do this with a great sense of professionalism, integrity and empathy.
  • You are proactive, you spot challenges and opportunities and you tackle these with a flexible, open mind and an awareness of our organisational values. 
  • You are experienced in handling a high volume, varied and fast-paced portfolio of priorities, with the flexibility to adapt to change and the humility to work effectively with a variety of leadership styles.

What you will be doing:

This Senior People Generalist role covers a large spectrum of activity relating to not just the full employment cycle of our colleagues but also a whole range of People initiatives, through partnerships and collaborative working. We are currently working on some important People initiatives and we are excited for our new Head of People to help drive these forward. You will contribute to some of these initiatives in the following ways:

  • Using your skills of research, analysis and creativity, you will develop the next phase of our People Strategy; with drive and commitment, you will deliver the Strategy through an ambitious action plan, recognising and acting on potential for collaborative working throughout the organisation.
  • Using your skills of coaching, you will guide our People Advisor through complex people management challenges, supporting them in their quest to provide sound advice on employment law and People best practice.
  • Tapping into your employment law expertise and values driven people agenda, you will lead on the continuation of the review and revision of all our People Policies, Procedures and Processes, ensuring these are not only legally compliant but also revised to reflect our people focused culture, through values driven language and emphasis on inclusivity.
  • Working closely with our People Advisor, you will use your knowledge of learning and development principles and your coaching skills to continue the roll out of our People Management Training Programme, devising and delivering a series of People Management Workshops for all our Line Managers, ensuring that the training is accessible, engaging and that it upskills the participants.
  • Working closely with our leaders, you will apply your People focus to the roll out of our Agile Working Framework to ensure that the organisation supports our colleagues through this change, taking into account our supportive colleague culture, employment law and People best practice. 

You will be part of our Central Services Department. You will lead the People team, with line management responsibility for a People Advisor and a People Support Officer. You will report into our Chief Executive Officer.

What we are offering: 

  • A very generous annual leave entitlement of 30 days per annum plus all Bank Holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • A very supportive environment with reflective practice, regular supervisions, team, cross departmental and organisational development days 
  • The opportunity to truly influence how we look after our biggest asset, our people
  • Employee Health Cash Plan with UK Healthcare

Contract details: 

  • Hours per week: 37.5 (this represents full time hours)
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Pay: NJC 38 - 41, £41,881 - £44,863
  • The location: Your base will be our Kingsley Hall office, close to Bristol’s main train and bus stations as well as the vibrant Bristol city centre. Currently, our Central Services team are largely working from home. With our Agile Working Framework in mind, there will be an opportunity to perform much of the role from home.

Important dates: 

  • Application deadline closes: 23:59, 12 July 2021.
  • If you have not heard from us by 16 July 2021, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. 
  • Interviews will be face to face on 19 July 2021 at our Kingsley Hall office in Bristol city centre. 

Covering Letter / Supporting Statement Guidance:
Please note that the online application form cannot be saved until it is fully complete.  We recommend that you prepare your Covering Letter before you start the online application.  

Your Covering Letter is essentially your Supporting Statement and will form the most important basis on which your skills, experience and behavioural competencies will be tested against the job criteria.  Without it, your application cannot progress to the shortlisting stage. 

You should refer to the Person Specification document within the Job Pack and cover only the elements that are tested at this stage of the recruitment process.  Elements that only have the word ‘interview’ next to them will be tested at the next stage of the process and do not need to be covered in your letter.  

Please try to keep the word limit to 250 words per criterion. 


Equal opportunities for everyone:
We safeguard and promote the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Any job offer will depend on a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Barred List Disclosure Check. 

We believe those with a criminal record should have an equal chance to become employees or volunteers.  We also pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender identity, race, religion and beliefs, sex and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to increase applications from Black and Minority Ethnic groups and Males as they are currently under-represented.

Please see our Policies section on the website, for further information.   If you need an adjustment made to any part of the recruitment process, please let us know as soon as possible. 

Posted on: 18 June 2021
Closed date: 28 June 2021
Tags: Human Resources, Management