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We are recruiting: Interim Head of Human Resources

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The Elders are are looking for an exceptional individual to lead the effective management and integration of the HR function for the organisation.
This is a part time (3 or 4 days a week) with a fixed term contract. To make an application please visit the Michael Page website. Applications close on Monday 11 March 2024.


Role Overview

Responsible for leading the effective management and integration of the HR function for the organisation. Working as an HR specialist as part of the wider Corporate Services team and reporting to the Director of Development and Corporate Services. There will be interoperability and collegiality with the Chief of Staff who also works on some areas of HR.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

Recruitment and New Starters

  • Lead the recruitment process, including but not limited to:
    • Liaise with managers to define the need and discuss options for recruitment such as internal, international and differing types of contracts. 
    • Provide salary advice and advice on job descriptions, recruitment agencies and advertising channels
    • Manage applications, interview process, panels, and candidate feedback
  • Draw up employment contracts and coordinate the induction programme for new staff
  • Establish and manage relationships and negotiate with Employer of Record agencies
  • Undertake exit interviews for departing staff

Reward and Recognition

  • Provide monthly data to Finance for staff payroll and work to resolve any queries
  • Coordinate staff benefits schemes, including managing provider relationships
  • Oversight of management of sick, toil and annual leave records for staff
  • Provide annual pay review research and provide guidance to SMT on remuneration

Policies, Procedures and Regulatory Compliance

  • Lead on the maintenance of the Staff Handbook and staff HR policies
  • Ensure job descriptions and contracts remain current and are updated as required
  • Maintain employee records
  • Monitor HR law and policy developments and proactively suggest changes or improvements to SMT

Performance Management

  • Manage the appraisal cycle including the gathering of 360 feedback
  • Together with the Chief of Staff, deliver and design staff workshops and training
  • Support managers with their staff’s personal development needs, working collaboratively with the Chief of Staff to provide advice, support and guidance to line managers on staffing issues such as absence, capability, the management of performance, disciplinary and grievance procedures

Employee Engagement and Relations

  • Monitor staff morale, mental health and welfare needs
  • Advise on individual employee matters, from flexible and remote working requests to parental leave; one of the first points of contact for HR queries
  • Communicate effectively with all staff as necessary, as a point of contact for all HR queries


  • Be a thought partner to SMT on a wide variety of organisational matters, offering an HR lens and insight
  • Lead on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ensuring it is proactively factored into all elements of the employee experience
  • Ensure that all employees are fairly represented and there is a consistent approach in all HR policies and organisational decisions
  • Assist with other tasks as required, ensuring the smooth running of HR operations


Person Specification

Experience and Skills

  • Experienced HR generalist with significant previous experience (7 years plus) of leading on a wide range of HR processes, policies and of supporting employees across a broad range of HR issues.
  • Proven ability to propose and implement organisational wide HR initiatives and of influencing and working with Senior teams
  • Excellent technical knowledge and understanding of employment law and regulations
  • Demonstrable experience of recruiting and working with employees based overseas
  • Able to prioritise and manage concurrent deadlines
  • Diplomatic telephone and interpersonal skills with excellent written and spoken English
  • Ability to interpret financial data and a strong ability to work with Excel
  • Ability to multi-task, remaining flexible and willing to take on tasks as requested
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as on own initiative


  • Self-motivated, resourceful and able to work under pressure and react quickly and calmly during difficult situations
  • Dependable, reliable, discreet, trustworthy and affable
  • A strong personal commitment to the mission and values of The Elders
  • A flexible style and willingness to work in a small, collaborative team
  • This role will not involve any international travel. You may be required to attend staff or Elders events in the UK from time to time.


Working at The Elders

We operate a hybrid working policy, with a high degree of flexibility for staff. We ask staff to attend the office based on need, not a quota of days. We believe there are certain activities that are best conducted in person and also hold monthly “in days” when the whole team comes together. Additionally, some roles involve international travel, the timing of which is usually decided by Elders’ commitments. Aside from these obligations, staff are free to choose the balance between working remotely and working in the office that suits them best. We are based close to Green Park station in London, in a newly refurbished office.

In addition to a competitive salary we offer the following benefits:

  • Private pension scheme with 10% employer contributions
  • Optional private medical and dental insurance
  • Group life assurance equivalent to 5 x annual salary
  • 28 days of paid annual leave (with 3 of these days on stipulated dates between the Christmas/New Year holidays) plus all UK bank holidays and public holidays
  • Enhanced parental leave


The Application Process

To make an application please visit the Michael Page website. Applications close on Monday 11 March 2024.

The Elders is committed to creating an inclusive working environment that values diversity and equal opportunities. We welcome and encourage applicants of any ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Given the Elders’ global outlook, we particularly welcome applicants originally from countries in the Global South. As we are not able to sponsor visas, all applicants must have the right to work in the country where the role they are applying for is based. We will assess purely on your abilities and fit for a role. We are happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a fair recruitment process and to enable you to be successful in your role if selected.


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