HR Director

Coventry is changing – and so is our workforce

HR Director – Competitive salary

We are a Council that’s looking for fresh ways of working to tackle new – and old – challenges. We have new offices, hot-desking, flexible working and the systems and equipment to back it up. You would help us take that to the next level and play a key role in creating a modern HR service supporting a modern Council.

And there’s plenty be proud about in Coventry.

We are the UK City of Culture 2021 and European City of Sport 2019, a host city for Commonwealth Games’ netball and the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.We are home to amazing events like the Godiva Festival, Motofest and Pride; sports fans can watch teams such as the Sky Blues, the Wasps, the Blaze Ice Hockey and Wasps Netball; and we have a thriving arts, leisure and cultural scene that is growing all the time as we head to 2021. We have two award-winning universities that attract the best students from around the world and we are famous as a city of peace and reconciliation. We are changing lives in our city – helping people of all ages live a little better and a little healthier.

We are a Marmot City, an Age-Friendly City, and a young city. Our Children’s Services have seen major improvements recognised by Ofsted and we are also working with communities to find new ways of running vital services such as libraries, nurseries and youth clubs.

We want someone with the skill and the vision to help lead the way as we continue to reshape the way we work, embrace new technologies and deliver top level services to the people of our city. Our workforce has seen massive changes in recent years, but there are more opportunities and challenges ahead – and this is a chance to be right at the heart of it all.

This is a highly visible role and you’ll need experience of the worlds of HR and local government; the confidence to challenge and be challenged; and the imagination to bring in new solutions and new approaches to innovation and risk. You would bring experience of inclusive change and transformation and the ability to work in partnership with a variety of stakeholders.

Leading a highly professional and dedicated team, you would work with elected members and senior officers to project-manage major workforce initiatives as part of our One Coventry programme and develop an employee and industrial relations policy that ensures we build on our core Council priorities. You’ll need a CV that shows you have the skills, the enthusiasm and the drive to get the job done.

We want our staff to have a voice, to feel valued and to play an active part as we adapt for the future – and we need the right person to help empower them to do that.

In return, you would be joining a local authority that has been shortlisted for the LGC Council of the Year and one where a recent LGA Peer Challenge praised the obvious ‘pride’ of staff in their work and their city.

It’s all part of our work with staff, partners, community organisations and residents – One Coventry! 

To apply, please click Apply here on Changeboard.

As a Council we want our workforce to represent the people that we serve and we recognise the value of having a diverse workforce and the variety of skills, knowledge and perspectives that this brings.  As such, we have no pre-conceptions on where the right person for this role comes from, or what they look like and we are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all.

For a confidential discussion, please call Rebecca Rampat on 07739 985332 or David Slatter on 07500 828610 at our recruitment partners, Penna.

Closing Date – Monday 25th March 2019 at 9am 

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