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Head of HR
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What is a Head of HR?

 

The Head of HR in a business is responsible for leading the entire HR department, ensuring all HR initiatives are implemented thoroughly and that support is offered to staff in the right areas.

They are one of the most senior employees in a HR team and will work closely with other department heads to ensure that the business’s overall working culture is seen as positive and supportive.


 

What is the difference between a Head of HR and a HR Manager?

 

A Head of HR is typically a more senior position than a HR Manager and is usually a position seen more in larger businesses and organisations. 

A HR manager may oversee a team of staff or work solo in a smaller business, but a Head of HR may be positioned higher than them and manage company-wide HR matters and strategies.

 

 

What is a Head of HR?

 

The Head of HR in a business is responsible for leading the entire HR department, ensuring all HR initiatives are implemented thoroughly and that support is offered to staff in the right areas.

They are one of the most senior employees in a HR team and will work closely with other department heads to ensure that the business’s overall working culture is seen as positive and supportive.


 

What is the difference between a Head of HR and a HR Manager?

 

A Head of HR is typically a more senior position than a HR Manager and is usually a position seen more in larger businesses and organisations. 

A HR manager may oversee a team of staff or work solo in a smaller business, but a Head of HR may be positioned higher than them and manage company-wide HR matters and strategies.

 
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Head of HR Job Description

Our team has created a detailed and focused job description for the role of Head of HR:

 

Job Specifications

The key roles of a Head of HR include providing reports on HR related matters, such as payroll, employment, work culture, internal policies and staff issues. 

A Head of HR will also execute effective HR strategies to support current staff and promote effective recruitment strategies. They will also focus closely on company inclusion, diversity and equality.

 

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Head of HR Responsibilities

Heads of HR oversee and manage a wider HR team. Their responsibilities can include:

  • Managing and reporting on payroll, recruitment and internal working regulation and policies.
  • Focusing company attention on inclusion and equality.
  • Work on staff productivity and satisfaction through implementing strategies.
  • Mentor and support the HR team and general staff.
  • Ensure team leaders have the appropriate skills and knowledge to guide their teams.
  • Oversee recruitment strategies and ensure that effective onboarding strategies are being followed.

 

Working hours

Most Heads of HR will work Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. Depending on the company, you may be expected to do overtime.

 

 
 

Head of HR Skills and Experience

Key to a business’s finance team, a Head of HR should have:

 

Head of HR Skills

A Head of HR requires a number of skills in order to manage their team effectively. These include:

  • Strong knowledge of HR policies and employment regulations.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Ability to develop and implement HR strategies.
  • Compassion when dealing with sensitive HR matters.
  • Confidence in maintaining quality relationships between staff and the company.
  • Strong IT and communication skills.

 

Head of HR Experience

  • Experience in a previous HR role will be expected.
  • Experience in leading a team will be expected.
  • Experience in implementing HR related policies will be required.

 

Head of HR Qualifications

It is likely that a Head of HR role will demand professional qualifications. These qualifications include:

  • A bachelor's degree in HR Management or a business related subject;
  • Accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

 

Head of HR Salary

Depending on experience, location and age, a Head of HR salary can range largely from £40,000 - £100,000 per annum.

 

 
 

Where can I advertise a job for a Head of HR?

The finance industry is highly competitive when it comes to hiring suitably skilled and experienced candidates as a Head of HR. At Four Recruitment, we work directly with businesses looking to recruit for this position and can advertise relevant job openings on our site.

How can I recruit for a Head of HR?

We can help you to recruit a highly qualified and professional Head of HR that will fit well within your team. Through outsourcing your hiring processes, you can be sure that only the most appropriate candidate joins your finance team. You can also have a look at our blog post for advice on how to build out the ultimate finance team


If you’d like us to help support your recruitment efforts,contact us today to learn about how we can supplement your processes.

 

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