Salary £48,925 – £51,378
Based: Eastleigh Town Centre
Full time, permanent – 37 Hours


Do you want to make a real difference?
We are committed to making a positive difference for all the residents, businesses and visitors to Eastleigh and we are proud to be delivering on our promise to create sustainable and healthy communities and increase employment and wellbeing opportunities for all. Essential to achieving this is ensuring we have a comprehensive People Strategy and an effective HR team in place that fully supports the Council and all our employees to be the very best we can. Due to promotion, we are now looking for a new Head of HR to lead this work and champion our continued success.

About the Role
In this pivotal role, working as part of the Senior Leadership Team, you will ensure that people management practices, strategies and initiatives support the delivery of the Council’s objectives and aspirations, as well as ensuring compliance and good practice. This is our most senior HR role so together with your team, you will be responsible for all HR functions including recruitment and resourcing, payroll and renumeration policies, employee engagement, learning and development, policies and procedures, workforce planning and HR data, wellbeing, employee relations, employee performance management as well as being a champion for transformational change and diversity and inclusion.

Developing strategic initiatives, providing expert advice on complex HR issues and acting as a trusted advisor to senior managers is all in a day’s work and you will have the experience, confidence and competence to effectively manage a broad range of reactive work as well maintaining a key grasp of projects and longer-term strategic initiatives to ensure continuous improvement in service delivery.

You will be supported by a fantastic, committed and very competent team for whom you will set the work programme and objectives ensuring effective performance management and personal development.

About You
A strategic thinker with a high work ethic and strong professional standards, you will be passionate about supporting and developing our people and, as a good leader with excellent communication and organisational skills, you will be confident in setting and delivering the people management agenda for the Council.

Your strong knowledge of HR legislation and policies together with your keen eye for detail, problem solving abilities and your proven ability to build effective working relationships will ensure you will quickly gain creditability and buy-in from your colleagues. With solid experience in a leadership role and a commercial approach you will play a key role in shaping our people agenda and will be a strong influencer for innovation and change.

This is a great opportunity for an established HR leader or for someone who wants to take their next career move and can demonstrate the key skills outlined above. You will be a chartered member of the CIPD, however experience of working within the public sector in an HR role is not essential as we are a fast paced, forward thinking authority and for us it is all about having people with the right, can-do attitude and the commitment to making a positive difference for our residents and service users.

About Us
We are a diverse and talented team and as an employer we are committed to supporting and developing all our staff and creating a culture that is inclusive, innovative and enjoyable. We offer excellent opportunities for continuous professional development and support our staff in maintaining a good work life balance through our innovative flexi-time system and wellness plans.

If you are excited by this opportunity and feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you.

We offer a good range of benefits and facilities which include:

30 days annual leave
Local Government pension scheme (defined benefits scheme)
Corporate rate membership (30% reduction) to the state of the art Leisure Complex, Places Leisure.
Confidential Employee Advice and Support Programme
Support for continuous professional development and payment of professional fees
Flexible Working Scheme and the ability to accrue 2 additional days flexi leave a month
For further information please contact Sarah King, Corporate Director Support Services on 023 8068 8011 or Catherine Granville, Head of HR on 023 8068 8124 or visit

To apply please send your application form and CV to

Closing date:                       20 January 2020
Interview date:                   To be confirmed

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