Head of People

  • Type: Permanent
  • Location: UK, HQ London - hybrid home working plus multi-site locations
  • Reference: J10589

With new investors and a new highly experienced Executive team, our client is poised to create something really special; taking what’s good and making it truly great.  Their journey of transformation and expansion has begun, and it’s a perfect time for you to be a part of it.

Reporting to the CPO, you will lead the Business Partnering Team and HR Operations, connecting employee lifecycle activities with your peers; Head of Talent Acquisition and Head of L&D.  Whilst providing business partnering support to the UK MD.

Their current community of 2800 colleagues operate across 85 locations and new openings will be announced shortly.  It’s well and truly in growth phase and the pace of change is fast.  High-energy works well here, as you’ll be joining a HR team at the forefront of creating a truly industry leading employer brand and reputation.

Key priorities will include; creating, embedding and directing the implementation of a People Operations strategy that will reinforce brand and culture, support business goals and aspirations, and build both individual and organisational capability.  Connecting all people activities, ensuring processes are user-friendly and efficient and supporting managers to help equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge; including quality MI and data reporting to help inform people decisions and talent identification and planning.

We are seeking an experienced Head of People, someone who can demonstrate an understanding of working at pace in a multisite, highly customer centric environment – this experience is likely to have been developed within the sectors of Retail or Hospitality.

You’ll bring evidence of building and coaching high performing teams, managing effective stakeholder relationships that help initiate and embed change, and your proudest achievements as a culture champion.

Ultimately, you’ll understand how to play an integral role in creating and delivering a robust, commercial People strategy that’s aligned with business strategy, brand & culture.


Location: Head office is in London, but UK-wide travel will be required (c.1 day a week) and remote working is standard practice.

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VANA HR Resourcing

Date Posted: 06/07/2021

Closing date: 30/07/2021

Client testimonials
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Debbie introduced me to Ladbrokes Coral and has since hired a further member of the HR Leadership Team. She has deep insight into the Senior HR market and her selection and assessment skills are highly credible. Debbie is a great person to work with - friendly, great character and genuine interest in achieving the right result for all. Supported by a great team, Debbie is a trusted source of talent!

Dominique Ogilvie, Corporate & HR Services Director at GVC Plc