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Strategic Head of HR

Manchester City Council
Manchester, Greater Manchester
£76,422 - £82,558 (+ pay review pending)
Closing date
5 Apr 2024

The role

Manchester is a thriving, modern metropolis, respected as a leading economic centre, with transformational urban regeneration and renowned globally for our sports and culture.  Our people are at the centre of all we do – in their communities and in our workforce. This role is at the heart of the dynamic City Council, delivering high quality services whilst leading, supporting and shaping change that embraces a new future. We’re always looking to innovate, to modernise and to improve, introducing new technologies, embracing change and developing our culture.

The Strategic Head of HR oversees a wide span of key HR services, supporting every aspect of Council operations whilst helping to shape and support culture change.  Our size and scale mean the span of influence and oversight is comparable to many Director roles in smaller organisations, and many Deputy HR Directors.  We want someone who can have an impact corporately and in the HR Service, able to strike the right balance between strategic and operational leadership; a sophisticated senior manager with the ambition and hunger to grow.

The person

We’re less worried about where you are now, and more focused on your skills, insight, judgement, management depth, leadership ability and capacity to grow and perform in a fast-paced, ambitious Council - someone who has:

  • overseen a breadth of comparable HR services, including many of those functions covered by this role. 
  • experience of working through different managers within HR to deliver change, and supporting, empowering and enabling service managers to be better. 
  • experience in a dynamic organisation, with a wide range of services, of sufficient scale to have a significant HR function, in a unionised environment, but not necessarily in local government.
  • exercised insightful judgement in their role, probably while overseeing a complex ER or knotty organisational change related challenge.
  • the potential and ambition to go further, an aspiring HR Director.
  • reflect our values and behaviours drive our commitment to improve equalities, diversity and inclusion.

We recognise we want a lot. For the right person, we’ll provide support to adapt to this role – whether it’s about learning the language of local government, learning about our services or adapting to our scale. You don’t need to be the finished article or tick all the boxes, but we’ll need to be sure you have the core abilities to succeed, can have an impact across the Council with the potential to go further.

Excited, inspired or just intrigued - want to find out more?

Visit and then speak in confidence to Steve Cooley 07747 698 829 or Mark Tobin 07717 725 844

Closing date: 5th April.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.


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