Director of HR Consultancy and Research

This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful and dynamic team, developing and leading our HR and employer-facing work. The Institute for Employment Studies is an influential and internationally-renowned not-for-profit employment research and consultancy centre based in Brighton, with a satellite office in London.

About you

We’re looking for a Director of HR Consultancy and Research to lead our HR-related programme of work, develop successful relationships with existing and potential clients, diversify our funding base and deliver impactful projects in a range of fields.

You will lead our work in areas such as pay and reward, performance management, workforce strategy, employee experience, leadership, change-readiness, employee wellbeing, and equality and diversity.

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • experience in leading a range of HR projects, most likely with a background in an HR consultancy, a research organisation, HR management, the civil service or other public agencies;
  • high levels of credibility working with senior teams to deliver results;
  • proven ability to develop relationships and solutions with clients, to identify funding and partnership opportunities and to bid for and win projects;
  • a strong track record of leadership in a dynamic and changing environment; and
  • the ability to represent the Institute and build its external profile in HR.

Your benefits

We offer excellent benefits including 31 days’ holiday per year for full-time staff, plus bank holidays and a contributory career-average defined-benefit pension scheme (USS).

Job specification (.pdf)

How to apply

Candidates should submit a full CV with a covering letter explaining their interest in the post and highlighting how they meet the criteria. Please provide details on your salary expectations for the role. An equal opportunities monitoring form should also be completed:

Please email your CV, covering letter, and equal opportunities monitoring form, for the attention of Tony Wilson, Institute Director, to:

Closing date for applications: midday, Monday, 17 December, 2018

Initial nterview date: Tuesday, 8 January, 2019

Shortlisted candidates will attend an interview and will be expected to give a presentation as part of the assessment. Fuller details of the process will be provided to shortlisted applicants.

Shortlisted candidates who wish to will also have the opportunity for informal conversations about the job and the Institute, with Tony Wilson (Institute Director).

Legal note

The Institute for Employment Studies is committed to equality of opportunity and we encourage diversity in the workplace. The current British and European law states that we cannot employ a person aged 16 or over who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to your situation before applying for any jobs (see Home Office UK Border Agency website).

The Institute for Employment Studies:

  • is a registered charity (no. 258390)
  • seeks to be an equal opportunities employer
  • is an Investor in People