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Director of HR in Horsham, West Sussex at Sussex Healthcare

Date Posted: 10/26/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Director of HR

Responsible to : Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Liases with: The Senior Leadership and Senior Management Teams, Regioanl Operations Directors and Home Managers.

Overall Scope: Responsibility for delivery to business objectivies throughout the employee life-cycle, including Recruitment and Retention Learning and Development, and Employee Relations.



Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop a robust, customer-focussed HR strategy which enables vision, synergy and collaboration across all HR service strands; ensure the strategy includes, inducts and engages all staff into the future vision of the business.
  • Inform the direction of cultural and organisational development, including a focus on organisational values and employee engagement. Invest in a culture of promoting accountability and coaching Managers to inform the same.
  • Direct the definition, production and scrutiny of key metrics data governing employee relations and retention, recruitment, payroll and training as a tool in driving HR's overall strategy within an employee life-cycle culture.
  • Develop HR's structure to align with the agreed strategy, ensuring a data enabled, people-partnering HR service delivery model that supports wider change and two-way communication. Identify and engage the necessary resources to effectively support the HR strategy.
  • Define and direct the implementation of robust policies that reflect business objectives as well as the regulatory framework.
  • Implement a clear employee-value proposition, to include salary and benefit packages, incentive schemes, staff retention and staff development strategies.
  • Ensure a robust, effective and efficient training programme is in place to reflect mandatory, sector, organisational and specialist requirements; supported by mechanisms to maintain currency, assess competency and provide metrics.
  • Direct the implementation of technology to aid the collation and interpretation of statistics, and the engagement of staff in self-service activities - e.g. the booking of training, requesting annual leave.
  • Define and implement targeted recruitment campaigns that align with the cultural, developmental and financial needs of the business and its multiple services.
  • Forecast core needs within the business, including growth, diversity and external expectations; proactively inform policy, recruitment and training activities.
  • Ensure full compliance with all relevant legal requirements; advise on necessary actions; effectively manage the relationship between the business and its employment agencies (including those who provide the business' Bank staff) ensuring robust, structured and timely audits.
  • Direct the preparation and maintenance of all personnel records, files and reports.
  • Ensure effective management of the Employee Relations function, with consideration to HR, Operational, Business and Financial Risks.
  • Implement a robust systematic process of succession planning; to identify, assess and develop the business' employees to ensure they are ready to take on key roles within the organisation.
  • Direct the creation of an exceptional talent pool of staff (both permanent and Bank) to meet current and forecasted business needs.
  • Design and implement a Leadership and Management programme to develop existing tiers of management and support the succession planning process.
  • Identify needs and implement a culture of personal development plans across all areas of the business to promote continuous learning and the accountability for such at both an individual and organisational level.

  • Professional Responsibilities


  • Abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules regarding recruitment and employment practice including those relative to the recruitment of non-UK Nationals, and the UK's minimum wage regulations.
  • Ensure a high level of confidentiality at all times, treating all personal and sensitive personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Take responsibility for personal development and education including in-service training.
  • Maintain standards of conduct and dress to sustain the confidence of the people we support and visitors, in accordance with policy and the Sussex Health Care Mission Statement.

  • General


  • Assist and participate in all appropriate Quality Assurance Programmes.
  • Attend 2 mandatory training sessions per annum for Fire and Manual Handling.
  • Attend an annual appraisal.This job description should not be regarded as restrictive or definitive, but as a guide to the demands of the post.


  • Person Specification

  • Educated to degree commensurate with the role. CMIPD membership.
  • A proven track record in directing a Human Resources Department in the social care sector.
  • A driver (with a valid UK licence).
  • Sound knowledge and experience of implementing strategies and policies based around the 'employee life-cycle.'
  • Ability to work, and communicate effectively, with executives and board-level stakeholders.
  • Proven history of turning around poorly structured HR organisations.
  • Inspirational leadership skills.
  • Strong organisational skills, ability to work under pressure, meeting ever-changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information and exercise discretion at all times.
  • Strong problem solving, staff management and research skills.

  • Apply and join Sussex Healthcare!