Head of HR – 12-month Fixed Term Contract

Location: Derby Head Office

Job Description

We have a unique opportunity to join us at Node4 on a 12 month fixed term basis.

With a deep understanding and experience in HR you will be responsible for the HR, Recruitment and Learning and Development areas of the business. Node4 launched in 2004, and since then we have expanded rapidly. Today, our comprehensive service offering is delivered to businesses up and down the UK, thanks in part to the demand for better hosted IT and communications solutions.

We are seen as a great place to work and as the Head of HR you will be expected to continue this by developing and championing the embedding of the brand values, and driving a business focused HR strategy, working with senior management and influencing them on the people agenda.

Key Responsibilities

  • Represent the HR department consistently and with professionalism.
  • Be passionate about ensuring Node4 remains a “Great Place to Work”.
  • Demonstrate Node4 values in everything you do – Passion – Innovation – Trust.
  • Translate key data into an effective and commercially focused HR and people strategy.
  • Work with senior management and influence them on the best course of action.
  • Provide company-wide information by interpreting people data and analysing figures on staff turnover, cost per hire etc.
  • Give counsel and oversee complex employee relations issues such as grievance and disciplinary cases and manage difficult cases with professionalism.
  • Establish departmental accountabilities for the range of HR functions from talent acquisition to health and safety compliance.
  • Oversee the Learning and Development function, ensuring continuous improvement.
  • Oversee talent acquisition, recruitment strategy and its implementation.
  • Co-ordinate remuneration policies and advise senior management on staff salaries in reference to external benchmarks.
  • Update and review HR policies, procedures and guidelines and enforce organisation values.
  • Champion a performance culture and continuously review productivity and employee development making recommendations for improvements.
  • Control the HR budget and report on current and future staffing costs and initiatives.
  • Lead on special projects and communicate and direct on strategy and implementation.
  • Champion change initiatives getting buy-in from board members.
  • Ensure legal compliance is met in all HR activities.
  • Challenge the Board where appropriate and suggest alternative paths.
  • Deliver bad news and offer pragmatic solutions.
  • Continuously review the responsibilities of the HR department and make bold decisions when necessary.

Essential Skills

  • Held previous position of seniority, able to establish credibility and build department accountability.
  • Able to problem solve and demonstrate operational and strategic skills.
  • Comfortable in developing team members and empowering staff.
  • Demonstrates commercial acumen – partners with the business to deliver commercially focused people strategies and has a good overall understanding of company finances and uses this to develop policies.
  • Solid employment law knowledge and proven experience of applying updated legislation to a variety of HR situations.
  • Experience of managing redundancy situations and coaching managers through this and leading where necessary.
  • Familiarity of managing TUPE situations and able to counsel senior management on appropriate practice.
  • Evidence of having a passion for working with people and working beyond the confines of the job description.
  • Outstanding communication skills – able to deliver bad news and give it a positive outlook as well as ability to influence board members.
  • Proven organisation skills and ability to prioritise.
  • Thrives on constant change.