Group Human Resources Director

The Connells Group is one of the largest and is the most successful estate agency and property services provider in the UK.  Our recent history is one of sustained and profitable growth and we are now a diversified group employing approximately 7,400 people and with a turnover of over £400m.  On the estate agency side we trade under 26 brands operating from almost 600 branches and on the broader property services side, we own businesses and brands in the survey and valuation, asset management, mortgage broking and legal services space, many of which are highly successful market leaders in their own right.

Due to the growth and success of our Group, we are now looking to appoint our first ever Group Human Resources Director who will be able to add a strategic dimension to our HR capabilities; for example by shaping an approach to HR and organisational development that is aligned with the Group’s overall commercial objectives and by bringing fresh thinking and external best practice into the HR mix.  However, it is really important to stress that there are critical operational dimensions to this role as well and it is essential that you pro-actively lead the delivery of a high quality, effective and partnership based HR service that adds real bottom-line value.  The role’s remit is very broad, covering most areas of the HR mix – including an important initial focus upon reviewing our approach to reward – and all group companies; although some do have more stand-alone HR capabilities than others.
To be considered, it is essential that you have gained senior level HR experience within a sizeable organisation, ideally a group, which includes considerable interaction with the organisation’s top executives and in some cases non-executives.  This experience must not only have included shaping and delivering HR and organisational development strategies but also successfully adopting a partnership based approach to the delivery of a broad range of HR services, whereby your team provided a high quality and effective service that added real bottom-line value.  It is also important that you have been involved with the development of reward approaches and policies for staff at different levels of seniority, which has ideally included exposure to Board RemCo.  It would be helpful if you have gained your experience within consumer focused service businesses, for example retail financial services or high street retail.

Above all though, your personal approach will be key to ensuring success in this role.  This means being able to balance sound strategic capability with a pragmatic and hands-on approach to delivery all the while ensuring that HR strategies and interventions are commercially grounded and focused upon bottom-line improvement and value-added HR management.  You must be an excellent relationship builder, able to work across the Group in a positive and collaborative manner and a highly adept communicator, able to adapt your style and address potential conflicts in a constructive but robust manner.  Good at motivating, managing and developing your own team, you will also be able to coach, influence and support senior leaders across the Group to evaluate options and reach optimal conclusions.  Underpinning all of this will be your innate drive, resilience and focus upon getting things done.

A detailed briefing pack is available and will be emailed to people who either apply or who call Christian Blunden or Gavin Burgess at Aquista on 01765 635 105.


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