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Chief People Officer

Croydon London Borough Council
Croydon (City/Town), London (Greater)
£100,000+/ under review
Closing date
2 Dec 2021

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Corporate Services, Corporate Management Team
Job role
Chief Executive
Salary Band
Contract Type
Full time
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Inspire Excellence

Croydon is a council on a journey. By accepting and addressing the challenges of its past, the council is transforming itself into a modern, sustainable, and resident-focused local authority.

This is an opportunity to be part of a new chapter for Croydon and help shape the future of the council. A council with a passion for driving positive change and delivering excellence; a community with a rich heritage, a diverse population and a distinct identity. It’s an environment in which you can find fresh inspiration and inspire others in equal measure.

Welcome to Croydon Council – and a role that will challenge you and fulfil you like never before. Join us as our Chief People Officer and you’ll deliver the Croydon Renewal Improvement Plan, the council’s most important priorities and a financially sustainable budget by March 2024. It’s a vital role.

The impact you’ll have

We want to deliver excellent services to the people of Croydon. And we know we can only do that if we have the right people on board. We’re already a home to many talented staff. Now, we’re looking for a highly skilled Chief People Officer who can get the best out of our people and get the organisation to support them in the best way possible.

There will be difficult decisions to make and tough budgets to deliver. But you’ll relish the chance to apply your ideas and ingenuity to find the best way forward.

Your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Leading a portfolio of human resources, workforce related equality, diversity and inclusion activity, culture change, along with strategic workforce planning and organisational development. 
  • Providing high quality professional advice to a series of senior stakeholders including the Leader and Cabinet and chief executive, and other external bodies.
  • Managing the division, ensuring that services are delivered to meet the new budget in the medium-term financial strategy 2021-2024.
  • Leading on the people and workforce issues that impact the entire council.
  • Collaborating with the corporate directors of adult social care and health and children, young people and education, helping to raise the quality of their services, through joint workforce planning
  • Creating excellent working relationships with trade unions, partners and suppliers.
  • Being responsible for the delivery of a best practice employee relations service.
  • Taking a ‘one Council’ approach to promote corporate working and effective outcomes.

The skills and experience you’ll bring

We’re looking for someone inspiring, motivational, and collaborative, to live and breathe our values. Importantly, you’ll be passionate about shaping the future of our organisation and encouraging excellence in human resources and organisational development. With personal gravitas and professional credibility, you’ll be confident managing colleagues, empowering people and setting clear direction. And, thanks to your experience, you’ll be able to see things from different perspectives, while still focusing on the detail.

Who we are – and where we’re going

We fully acknowledge the fact that we haven’t got things right in the past and have strengthened our resolve do them better. With a clear financial strategy in place together with an unwavering commitment to listening to our residents and putting them first, this is a reenergised Croydon. A determined Croydon, with a fantastic team of people who care about our community, and how we can support the many different people who live and work here.

We have a vision of what improvement success looks like for us – a future where we have a vibrant local economy, a great team of people, and delivering new ideas that will mean we can be at our best for the communities in Croydon.

How to apply

If you’d like to find out more, please click on the Apply Button below.

Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are happy to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role. We’re committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and we expect every member of our team to share this commitment.

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