Head of HR

Head of HR

Haywards Heath
HR and Learning & Development
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We’re on the hunt for a talented, ambitious Head of HR to join our Human Resources team in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

The successful candidate will need to develop and deliver the HR strategy while driving the performance of our people and business.

You’ll lead a team of HR professionals, empowering them to drive impact across the business as true business partners whilst maintaining focus on delivering a compelling and rewarding colleague experience to enable us to recruit, motivate and retain key talent.
Job responsibilities
  • Act as a strategic partner to the Executive and Senior Management team to support delivery of the business plan and have a particular focus on people and organisational effectiveness
  • Provide functional expertise in the areas of Talent & Resourcing, Employee Relations, Organisational Design, Reward Management, Performance Management and HR processing
  • Oversee and guide the company’s approach to employee relations, lead on escalated or complex cases and ensure the business is kept informed of all legislation within HR and employment law
  • Lead on pay and reward strategies, including leading the annual salary and bonus process
  • Play a lead role in embedding diversity and inclusion and driving our chosen culture
  • Work with the Executive and Senior Management team to ensure that HR implications are considered when devising or reviewing business strategies and initiatives
  • Engage with the Executive and Senior Management to enhance our organisational design and effectiveness to support delivery of the business plan
  • Proactively use relevant data and metrics to identify trends and initiatives to drive initiatives to improve HR performance
  • Lead the budget setting process within HR and proactively manage spend during the year
  • Develop and deliver people management processes and solutions to meet business needs, improve internal efficiencies and ensure compliance with relevant legislations
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • CIPD qualification required
  • Strong experience operating at a senior executive level
  • Significant commercial experience within the insurance industry with profit & loss responsibility
  • Experience of developing and delivering people strategies
  • Variance and financial/budgetary analysis
  • Strong understanding of the requirements of the FCA
  • Excellent understanding of employment law and employment market trends
  • Business case analysis and development
  • Customer focused
  • Business and Commercial understanding
  • People leadership skills
  • Communications and influencing skills
  • Accountable and goal-driven
What can we do for you? 

We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle, including a company pension scheme, group life assurance, enhanced maternity and paternity pay, professional subscription fees, the opportunity to buy additional holiday, health cash plan, help with travel expenses and the opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work.

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

For further information on what we can offer and to learn more about this role, feel free to contact our dedicated Recruitment team.
​So, if you’re up for the challenge and would like to join our vibrant and busy team, we want to hear from you today.
We pride ourselves on being a great place to work. Check out our Glassdoor page to see what our employees think about working here.

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75% of people would recommend a friend to work at First Central

Based on 87 Glassdoor reviews (January 2020)


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Pension scheme

We offer a workplace pension scheme for all employees.

Get your birthday off

We give you an extra day off to celebrate your special day.

Generous holiday entitlement

All employees receive a generous holiday entitlement.

Health cash plan

Claim money back on your healthcare costs, such as dental check-ups and eye tests.

Holiday Extra

We give you the option to buy up to five additional days of annual leave.

Season ticket loan

We provide interest-free loans to cover the cost of season tickets for rail, bus or car parking.