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Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

West Sussex County Council
Chichester, West Sussex
Up to £110,000 per annum with relocation assistance
Closing date
30 Aug 2021

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team, Human Resources
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About Us

A county of contrasts, West Sussex covers both coast and the South Downs National Park, encompassing harbours, farmland and market towns whilst being home to significant businesses and the UK’s second largest international airport. The county council is on an improvement journey and over the past year, we have supported people through the pandemic, made significant service improvements and developed our corporate infrastructure.  Reporting to the Chief Executive and part of the Executive Leadership Team, this position will build on this progress, ensuring the centre of the organisation provides expert support to our service delivery teams and that we continue to place our residents, communities and businesses at the heart of everything we do.   

To find out more about our services and what we do please visit our WSCC website.

About The Job

Salary: up to £110,000 per annum with relocation assistance

Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)

Location: County Hall, Chichester

Closing date: 30 August 2021

Technical interviews and shortlist meeting: week commencing 13 September 2021

Final interview panels: week commencing 01 November 2021

This role leads the Council’s strategic thinking on workforce issues; developing effective ways of implementing modern people management strategies and good practice whilst contributing to the leadership of the council as a whole.

You will lead the HR element of Smarter Working across the organisation as we build on our experience gained during the pandemic and sustain the benefits of modern, flexible working.  Success will see the effective resourcing and development of a skilled, engaged and empowered workforce underpinned by a supportive and inclusive culture. 

An experienced Human Resources professional, you will have a track record of leading a diverse service and providing insight and advice to senior leaders in complex settings. 

Experience and Skills

You will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

Key Skills:

  1. Excellent communication skills at all levels with the ability to influence, negotiate and establish credibility to represent the County Council and enhance its reputation and form positive relationships with external partners and elected members.
  2. Ability to work proactively with fully delegated authority to use principles and seasoned judgement to deal with complex issues without referral, for example resolution of complex service issues.
  3. Ability to recognise where change is needed, to embrace and create an enthusiasm for change and to work effectively with others to develop creative, innovative, and customer-focused solutions.
  4. Ability to maintain a customer-focused approach, building working partnerships with others to foster effective joint working, based on collaboration and cooperation to deliver “joined up” services or programmes.
  5. Proven people management skills with the ability to inspire and provide direction and support promoting a “can do” attitude and an environment of creativity and innovation.
  6. Ability to delegate responsibility and provide constructive feedback and coaching to individuals in roles where there is a high degree of discretion in decision making.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • Fellow CIPD qualified (or equivalent experience) and relevant developed HR expertise.
  • Educated to post-graduate level or equivalent experience in one or more of the relevant technical specialist areas, for example, human resources, organisational change, or programme management.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Significant track record in executing team and individual performance effectively.
  • Experience of having worked at a senior level in a political environment.
  • Exceptional HR leader with experience in leading large teams and bringing about organisational change.
  • Recent experience of successfully leading the delivery of strategic objectives & business plans.
  • Significant experience of operating in leadership roles, translating strategy into effective operational plans.
  • Broad knowledge of public sector services, the macro social and economic context within which local authorities work and the implications of this for delivery of County Council’s aims.
  • Business acumen from creating a commercial environment where the management of cost and customer satisfaction is paramount.

Rewards and Benefits

In addition to 30 days annual leave and a generous pension scheme as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

Further Information

The reference number for this role is A000062.

For more information please click apply below or for a confidential conversation please call Jason Wheatley on 0203 667 1235, or Martin Tucker or Sarah Longbottom, both on 0121 312 3755.

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