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26 Oct 2020

Full-Time DE&S Head of Human Resources – Land Domain

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Job Description


£71,000 – £93,000  Per annum (plus benefits). Salary dependent on skills and experience. 

About the job 


Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) is proud to manage exciting and complex projects that equip and support the UK’s Armed Forces. From jet engines in the sky to submarines beneath the seas, there is no area off-limits amidst the services we provide to the UK troops serving across the whole of the globe. Headquartered in Bristol, we employ around 12,200 people and over the next 10 years we shall deliver an equipment and support programme of some £157 billion to the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The breadth and depth of what we do means a career with us gives you fantastic variety, challenge and career development. We want your unique contribution and energy as you become a key enabler in coordinating and enhancing activities between DE&S and key suppliers, interfacing with both industry partners and Front Line Commands. With threats against the UK ever present and growing, the work we do here in DE&S is of great importance, ensuring our organisation is shaped to meet the current and long-term needs of our national defence programme. 

Job description 

Reporting to the HR Director and as a member of the HR Senior Management Team, the Head of HR – Land Domain, will be responsible for providing the strategic direction to enable DE&S to meet its business goals through its people. Working as ‘One HR’ collaboratively with the Centres of Expertise and HR Operations, leading a team of HR Business Partners to provide a leading-edge HR service which supports the people model and delivers enhanced business performance to the Land Domain.

You will also work as an integral member of the HR Senior Management Team to develop the capability and reputation of the wider HR function and as a member of the Land Domain Management Committee.

As Head of HR – Land Domain, your duties will include: –

• Act as Head of HR for the Land Domain that comprising 4,600 Civil Servants across multiple UK sites (c.50% of whom are based in Bristol, Abbey Wood).
• Promote and embed DE&S’s ‘One HR’ culture, ensuring strong collaboration with HR Centres of Excellence and HR Operations.
• Act as trusted adviser to Director General Land in relation to organisational development, employee engagement, people management and workforce performance in business areas.
• Take an organisation-wide view to improve strategic capability, ensuring strong relationships and strategic solutions between the Land Domain and central HR function, ensuring DE&S HR delivery and compliance alongside meeting the strategic needs of the Domain.
• Advise and coach Directors and Executive Board Members on the identification of people implications of business change, taking a whole-system view and providing associated HR advice.
• Drive creation and utilisation of relevant HR management information to support business decision making processes, working in partnership with the relevant HR CoE.
• Drive a positive and inclusive working environment, developing management and leadership capability and practice across the whole employee life cycle.
• Provide leadership and direction to the HRBP Team, developing capability and delivery of team goals and deliverables.
• Play an active role in pan-DE&S leadership (in accordance with the Civil Service Leadership Statement – Inspiring, Confident and Empowering and in accordance with the civil service leadership attributes):
– Be proactive in building and sustaining an effective pan-DE&S leadership network that supports integrated outputs and helps DE&S delivery performance to be more than a simple sum of its parts;
– Invest in the development of people across DE&S, building organisational capability to address both current and future challenges;
– Lead and be accountable for the delivery of DE&S outputs;
– Consistently demonstrate exemplary conduct and behaviours. 


As a successful Head of HR, you will have:


• Extensive Divisional level ‘business facing’ HR leadership experience within a large, complex organisation.
• Experience of leading HR that supports a varied workforce that operates across a diverse operational landscape.
• Change leadership experience, including the development and implementation of both steady state continuous improvement activity and transformational change.
• Experience of engaging with and managing Trade Union negotiations.
• A track record of operating effectively on a business/Function senior management board as a trusted adviser managing competing priorities, influencing decisions and challenging behaviours.
• Proven people management skills and experience of working within a matrix HR environment with central Centres of Excellence / HR Operations.
• Strong HR generalist with Advanced (level 7) HR related qualifications (or equivalent).

Personal Skills

• Ability to work collaboratively across a range of stakeholders across DE&S, and within wider government and industry environments.
• Strong personal credibility with exceptional influencing and negotiating skills, the ability to impact across a broad spectrum, and to resolve conflicts at a high level.
• Results focused and ‘can do’ mind-set with an eye for identifying and optimising people processes.
• Ability to work autonomously and with ambiguity to deliver an agenda built on constant improvement.
• Commercial acumen, and ability to apply this to people related solutions.
• Appreciation of balancing public sector nuances with DE&S’ ambitions for modernisation.
• First rate stakeholder management skills, managing and engaging across a diverse and demanding range of partners and stakeholders at group and strategic level.
• Personal impact, gravitas and credibility to instill confidence and influence effectively.
• Comfortable working with systems and complex data complemented by an intellectual capacity to quickly understand, interpret and deliver insight.
• Natural people person who champions engagement and the development and involvement of others.
• High levels of energy and resilience with an ability to maintain a positive approach in times of ambiguity. 

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by midnight on 4th November 2020 to 
If you would like to discuss the role in more detail before submitting an application, please contact John Rainsbury, +44 (0) 117 312 6789). 
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. 

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Defence, human resources, and Senior Leadership. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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