Executive Recruitment

Head of Joint Human Resources

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Northamptonshire Police
Currently Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, pending relocation to Wellingborough, Northants, in early 2021
£71,643 to £76,791
Closing date:
25th October
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
23.59 Sunday 25th October 2020
Longlist Meeting
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c 9th November 2020
Shortlist Meeting
Tuesday 24th November 2020
Psychometric Assessments
Tuesday 24th November 2020 onwards
Final Panel Interviews
Monday 7th December 2020


Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Services, are committed to working together to deliver unrivalled policing and fire and rescue services across the County to fight crime, protect people and keep communities safe. Working alongside and under the governance of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, we aim to provide the most efficient and effective services possible, putting people first and continually seeking to develop and grow, through hard work, innovation and collaboration. Having a combined Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, enables us to explore truly ground-breaking, modern ways of working in order to nurture and grow a truly diverse work force which aligns with the strategic priorities and values of our organisation.

The Role

Reporting to the Director for Enabling Services, the Head of Human Resources will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing innovative L&D strategies and people plans, which incorporate all Human Resource functional areas and policies and procedures across Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Services.  Our pending relocation to a new combined premises, presents an exceptional opportunity to provide strategic leadership to the HR Service in relation to all HR Policy, Employee Relations and related legislation to ensure the provision of up-to-date information and advice on best practice in these specific areas.

As Head of Human Resources, you will be responsible for advising and influencing Chief Officers on all functional HR matters, developing People Plans to create an environment that develops a professional and diverse workforce through effective resource planning, recruitment and professional development that delivers strategic improvements, long term performance and cultural change needs for the organisation. 

The Person

The ideal candidate will be a proven HR leader ideally CIPD qualified (or equivalent), with a track record operating at a strategic level, delivering transformational change and shaping new policies and processes in a variety of HR roles across the public sector. You will possess the flair to work collaboratively with strategic leads across corporate functions contributing to the effective delivery of key business objectives. Engagement with trade unions will also be a key part of your remit, and you will play a central role in developing and nurturing strong working relationships to help develop a forward-looking function, which is seen as a trusted partner and which supports a truly engaged workforce.

You will have gained extensive experience within a comparable public sector environment and be used to working and navigating the complexities related to the sector. You must possess the leadership skills to motivate, inspire and empower and support diverse teams and demonstrate comprehensive and current knowledge of employment and equality legislation in order to advise on complex cases.

How to apply

To find out how to be part of the change go to  https://northants-police-fire-careers.com.  For an informal discussion to explore the role and your fit in more detail, please contact our retained recruitment partners – GatenbySanderson - Peter Guilder - M: 07545 441127 or by email peter.guilder@gatenbysanderson.com

This may be at the end, but it is far from an afterthought; we are committed to creating an inclusive environment, which promotes and supports inclusivity and respect, with a culture that supports our communities and partners and celebrates all aspects of diversity. Achieving our aim to lead to a working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation. We are a Disability Confident organisation.

Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Services is also a sponsor of the Armed Forces Covenant.

With the potential for a relocation package available, this could be your moment to join the change, so don’t miss the closing date for applications.

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How To Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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