Director of Human Resources

Luton, Bedfordshire
£90,000 per year
18 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About us

The University of Bedfordshire is a modern, innovative university with an educational heritage going back more than 100 years. We nurture our students, many the first members of their families to go to university, so that they can become rounded, successful and highly employable members of society. Delivering this transformative mission is only made possible through the exceptional commitment, dedication and professionalism of more than 1200 staff.

We are looking to appoint a visionary Director of Human Resources who can develop and deliver a comprehensive HR strategy built on our commitment to integrity, staff engagement and greater inclusion. We wish to create a stimulating and rewarding working environment where contribution is recognised, talent developed and both the staff and student experience enhanced.

The role

This is a key senior management role responsible for the HR function and reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor. The role embraces all aspects of HR including resourcing, leadership and development, employee relations, reward, organisational development and equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I).

As a member of the University Executive you will play a key part in developing the vision and direction of a well-founded university with enormous potential and a profound regional presence. The scope and opportunity for HR to make a highly significant impact should attract candidates with energy and the skills to envisage and lead positive change.

We have our strengths but need to develop the Business Partner model of engagement and support of our faculties and service functions. A coaching style is looked for in the person we appoint together with a breadth of experience in all areas of HR. The person we appoint should have the ability and insight to identify where HR can deliver most value and how the hard-working and enthusiastic HR team itself is best deployed, coached and developed.

Skills and experience

We’re looking for intuitive, motivational candidates with strong operational HR experience gained in medium to large, complex organisations. You may be an established Head of HR looking to come into Higher Education for the first time or may be already working at a senior operational level within a university, ambitious to lead your own team.

Strategic insight will be key and you should be influential, persuasive and adept at stakeholder management.

We are looking for candidates with a degree or post-grad qualification in a relevant subject, along with full CIPD membership.


We’re a university that has great ambitions for everyone that works here. We believe we offer a first-class opportunity for the person we appoint to develop and grow both professionally and individually. We offer a competitive salary, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, generous annual leave and a wide range of other benefits including car parking and discounted gym membership.

For a copy of our applicant information pack, please click the apply button.

Please note CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

All applications must be received by midnight 9th July 2020. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline.

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and values the diversity of all its workforce and student population.

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