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Head of HR

Not For Profit People
Devon/Hybrid (onsite attendance currently anticipated to be 1-2 days per week)
Up to £60,000 per annum, depending on experience
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

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Head of HR

We have an excellent opportunity for a professional and inspirational individual with outstanding leadership, communication and organisational skills to join our dedicated People Team. 

Position: 1558 Head of People (Business Partnering, Operations and Employee Relations)

Location: Devon/Hybrid (onsite attendance currently anticipated to be 1-2 days per week)

Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week, 08.30-16.30, Monday-Friday

Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum, depending on experience

Contract: Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 7 January 2024

The Role

As Head of People (Business Partnering, Operations and Employee Relations) you will lead the Business Partners and HR Operations function in driving positive change throughout the charity, enhancing, creating, and embedding HR programs, processes and performance strategies across the organisation globally to ensure the effective management of our diverse workforce.

Responsibilities will include:


  • Participating fully as a member of the People Team Leadership team to align people and organisational strategies as key enablers, sustainably delivering measurable outcomes.
  • Developing and implementing strategic HR initiatives aligned with organisational goals and objectives.
  • Ensuring the People Function is recognised and valued as a strategic business partner offering relevant expertise and advice, proactively sharing insights and shaping change to efficiently deliver strategic priorities.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with external networks and other HR professionals to ensure that the Sanctuary makes best use of current practice, methodology and ideas.
  • Building and maintaining a highly motivated, high performing and collaborative team with the appropriate skills to deliver the current and future people needs of the whole organisation.
  • Ensuring the provision of a professional HR advisory service to the organisation, advising on complex and sensitive organisational and people issues to enable senior managers to take appropriate action in an effective and timely manner.
  • Working with the Learning and Development, Total Reward, and Health and Safety teams to utilise the skillset and role of the Business Partners to help drive the People Team strategy and initiatives


About You

As Head of People you will be FCIPD qualified with post qualification experience or have equivalent expertise through experience of working within a multi-site environment.

You will also have experience of:


  • Highly complex employee relations issues and strong knowledge of employment law
  • Managing and advising others on employee relations matters.
  • Establishing, building and maintaining successful professional partnerships with relevant managers, enhancing the credibility of the People Team service.
  • Operating a business partnering approach to service delivery.
  • Influencing and liaising at senior management or executive level.
  • Leading change management projects and people strategy development.
  • Leadership experience, including leading, coaching and motivating multi-discipline, multi-site teams.


About the Organisation

The charity is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities, currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide, working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.

“The Sanctuary is a positive place to work with friendly staff and a wonderful charity. With amazing work throughout the world, once you join you never want to leave!”

Benefits include:


  • Competitive pension.
  • Life Assurance.
  • 31 Days holiday (including Bank holidays), rising to 34 will each full year of service.
  • Wellbeing Team.
  • Recorded Pilates and Yoga classes.
  • Long Service Awards.
  • Healthshield Plan
  • Free parking.
  • Subsidised restaurant and shop.


The organisation is a Disability Confident Employer and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults) and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

You may also have experience in areas such as HR, Human Resources, Personnel, People, Head of HR, Head of Human Resources, Head of Personnel, Head of People, Director of HR, Director of Human Resources, Director of Personnel, Director of People, HR Director, Human Resources Director.

PLEASE NOTE: This role is being advertised by NFP People on behalf of the organisation.


We are Not-For-Profit People.

We recruit exclusively for organisations in the challenging Not-For-Profit sector. We’re fully behind the charities and bodies that aim to change the world – one project at a time. Whether you’re seeking exceptional leaders, committed staff or a combination of the two, you probably want to know exactly how we’re different and why it matters to you. We don’t do business as usual. We deliver a recruitment solution that replaces clunky, costly, contracted processes with a single, seamless solution.

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