Director of Human Resources

Director of Human Resources – £92,852 – £98,315

As the Director of Human Resource, you’ll focus on establishing a culture where people thrive and perform at the highest levels.   With your guidance, insight and judgement, we’ll be a flexible, futureproof and engaged organisation where talented people consistently deliver for the District with passion, purpose and confidence.  Your impact will earn the trust of leaders across Bradford and beyond.

As a large organisation, we constantly need to ensure our core processes, systems and policies are fit for purpose, now and going forward; performance management is fully embedded across the organisation, supports managers and helps all staff to give their best; online support is streamlined and industrial relations are positive and productive.  As the Council’s transformation continues apace, we need to fully harness all our talents within an outcome focussed, more entrepreneurial culture.

You could come from any sector, will be CIPD qualified and will bring deep experience of employee relations, HR practice, improving organisational performance and supporting complex organisations through change.  You’ll embrace innovation when it leads to results and will value the balance between meaningful organisational development and effective HR practice.  You’ll have excellent political antennae and experience of exercising sound judgement in challenging circumstances at the highest levels.  We set the bar high.  Our last Director was recognised as PPMA HR Director of the year in 2017.  You’ll move us on, making us a recognised beacon of employee engagement, talent management and pioneering HR practice.  Your leadership within and beyond the council will transform the experience of working in and with Bradford.

Recent Achievements

  • 10th most productive upper tier council in UK (Impower 2017)
  • Most productive economic area in Yorkshire (ONS)
  • Best place to start a high growth business of the 20 largest cities in UK (Barclays 2017)
  • Fourth most improved District for educational attainment in 2017
  • Positive peer review and JTAI (domestic abuse) (2017)
  • Northern Powerhouse Station proposed for Bradford by Transport for the North (January 2018)
  • Investment of circa 1 billion in city centre regeneration 2008-2017
  • Opening of The David Hockney Gallery in 2017 – celebrating Hockney’s 80th birthday and abiding relationship with his home city
  • Bradford Literature Festival rated the third most significant UK literature festival – after Edinburgh and Hay.
  • City Hall to house the national museum of rugby league from 2020
  • The NEC to operate The Odeon from 2021 – the largest mid sized venue outside London
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