Chief People Officer (Role appointed to)

  • Type: Chief People Officer
  • Location: UK, Cardiff, South Wales
  • Reference: CPO

VANA HR Resourcing are delighted to be working with the Principality Building Society as their exclusive partner in the search and selection for a Chief People Officer.

The Principality is a progressive mutual society, currently the UK’s 6th largest building society, with over 500,000 customers and 1100 colleagues.  Their heritage and expertise together with strong balance sheet and profitability provides firm foundations for their growth plans. The combined knowledge and capability within the Board and the Senior Management Teams continues to place the Society in a strong position to continue their strategy to deliver long term value and security to their Members, Colleagues and Local Communities.

Ranked 11th in the UK’s best places to work; with consistently strong colleague engagement, and NPS scores over 80%, their employee value proposition is compelling.

This role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to make an immediate contribution, and take ultimate accountability for further embedding a commercially aligned people strategy.  To achieve their ambitious growth plan whilst remaining agile in a continually evolving industry and regulatory landscape, this is a key role as the Society continues to implement and embed a significant infrastructure and organisational development programme; driving effective cultural and transformational change whilst maintaining the Society’s superior level of customer experience.  Early priorities will also include onboarding of a new CEO (the final selection process is currently in play).

As a regular Board attendee, the CPO has executive accountability for People; Culture, Leadership, Talent, Reward, Health & Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion, and Internal Communications, supported by 9 direct reports.  With further accountability for Facilities Management, this is a significant leadership role with of a total team of 53.  In addition to the Principality Board, the CPO also plays an active contributory role to RemCo, and the Nomination and Governance Committee.

The current CPO has been with the Society for 5 years and is currently serving their notice period with the team, before leaving to commence a new venture.

In this search, we are looking for an experienced HR Director/CPO who thrives in a role that demands a strong balance of strategic and operational leadership.  With significant experience of working at Board and Board Management Committee level the successful candidate will have developed superb presentation skills, together with the ability to form relationships with multiple stakeholders, and influence decisions more informally, with candour and empathy.

Strong generalist experience is critical, combined with a track record for leading organisational development and change, and increasing leadership capability.   Financial services experience is a strong preference; a familiarity that will allow for immediate and effective contribution.

If Wales is not home, we are pleased to confirm that the Principality will offer a competitive relocation package to help you make the move to Cardiff or surrounding area.  We can fill you in on the broader benefits package but highlights include; competitive base, variable pay schemes, PMI family cover, annual medical, pension scheme, 30 days’ holiday (with the option to buy more).

Closing date for applications: 26th June 2020. We are actively out to search, and anticipate interviewing long-listed candidates w/c 29th June, with Principality first interviews taking place w/c 13th July.

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Date Posted: 2020-06-12

Closing date: 2020--06-26

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