People Director

Service Area:
Business Services
Salary Details:
About The Role

Purpose of the Job

The Horwich Farrelly People Director will work closely with the leadership team to support the Firm to achieve its strategic vision.  The role will support the development and delivery of strategic People programmes to enhance our overall capability and performance, whilst providing the delivery of high quality guidance and support. 

The individual will be an experienced people leader who has a passion for growth, who is keen to be instrumental in the support of a high performing organisation, who is willing to lead and deliver in new and different ways with proven experience of building collaborative relationships at senior level.

This role will support the vision of our People strategy to create a great place to work by attracting, developing and engaging all our people from all backgrounds to become part of the HF family to provide excellence in legal services, insight and innovation.

Main Responsibilities

People Strategy

  • Own the development of a Horwich Farrelly People Strategy to deliver on the wider HF strategy and vision.
  • Drive thinking on how to develop the HF culture to develop the organisational capabilities we need to realise our ambition and enable us to be a great place to work.
  • Together with the COO and Directors co-lead transformative change across HF to build, develop and deliver the strategic capabilities of the Firm to meet its objectives.
  • Lead on special projects and communicate and direct on strategy and implementation.
  • Champion change initiatives getting buy-in from board members.
  • Translate key data into an effective and commercially focused People strategy, working with senior management and influencing them on the best course of action.

Executive role and Leadership Team

  • Represent the People department consistently and with professionalism - facing the boardroom and workforce with confidence and skill.
  • Contribute to the overall leadership, management and governance of Horwich Farrelly as part of the Leadership team.
  • Partner with the COO to develop the capability of the leadership team.
  • Ensure people issues are represented and people’s voices are heard internally especially within key decision making.
  • Establish strong collaborative partnerships with senior management – influence them to deliver best people practice – building engagement, creating excellence in people management throughout their functions, driving talent management and delivering excellent employee survey results.
  • Lead on diversity, gender and inclusiveness strategy

People Strategy, Leadership & Effectiveness

  • Lead, develop and deliver a coherent People strategy to realise the Firm’s vision in a way that is valued and inspirational.
  • Lead a successful and confident People department that delivers the needs of a changing organisation.
  • Maintain a strong, strategic People function to take a whole system approach, acting across the HR delivery model – Employee Relations, HR Service Centre, Talent Acquisition, CSR & Engagement, Reward and Learning and Development. This will include reviewing structures, roles, capabilities and relationships across HF.
  • Provide company-wide information by interpreting people data and analysing figures on employee turnover, cost per hire etc.
  • Champion a performance culture and continuously review productivity and employee development making recommendations for improvements.
  • Ensure legal compliance is met in all HR activities.

People Leadership Team

  • Create a cohesive and high performing People leadership team working to the same vision and goal.
  • Work with the newly implemented “Head of” level to provide strong and clear people leadership.
  • Continuously review the responsibilities of the People department and make bold decisions when necessary.
  • Champion a performance culture and continuously review productivity and employee development making recommendations for improvements.

Successful Applicant

Essential Requirements

  • Must be operating at a Director level ideally within a Partnership or privately owned business
  • Excellent people management skills and proven experience in a leadership capacity
  • Experience of leading a People department consisting of a shared service with centres of excellence
  • Proven expertise in delivering a People strategy which aligns closely to the needs of the business
  • High level of ER knowledge and experience including TUPE, restructure, tribunal
  • Advanced knowledge of UK Employment Law
  • Commercially focussed
  • Proven ability to challenge the status quo
  • Strong project and change management experience
  • Strong influencing and communication skills with the ability to build credible relationships with key stakeholders in sometimes challenging situations
  • CIPD qualified with evidence of continued professional development

Desirable Requirements

  • Chartered Fellow of the CIPD
  • Able to assimilate and interpret data in order to inform decisions and take key actions
  • Results driven
  • Positive self- starter with a personal approach
  • Problem solver who is solutions focused
  • Works collaboratively, empowering individuals