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Head of People

Students’ Union

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £36,914 to £40,322
Closing Date:  Monday 30 November 2020
Reference:  1306520SU

Starting salary: £36,914 - £40,322, with potential progression to £45,361

Full-time, permanent position, 35 hours per week. The role is temporarily remote due to home-working, however it will be based at the Students’ Union on the Highfield Campus, University of Southampton. 

Are you an experienced HR/People professional looking for an exciting new challenge within an not-for-profit organisation? If so, the University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) has an exciting new opportunity for a Head of People to join the team!

The Role

We are currently looking for an experienced Head of People to lead our People Team to develop and implement activities which will enable us to recruit, retain, rewards, and develop the best talent. Our current Director of People is moving onto a new challenge and we have decided to appoint a Head of People to be a key part of our senior management team.

Working alongside our elected student officers and core staff, you will manage employee relations and develop a positive culture which is fair and supportive, and advise, support, and develop staff to ensure our immediate and long-term people and organisational requirements are met.

About You

You will be committed to and enthusiastic about the development of yourself and our people, and about developing and maintaining a positive, fair, and supportive culture within our organisation. You will ideally be CIPD qualified, however we will consider the right candidate with equivalent specialist experience. You will have strong experience as a practicing people professional, with up to date employment law, legislation, and HR process knowledge, and of providing top quality people advice to managers. You will also be a team leader and an experienced people manager, able to empower your team. 

The Company

The University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) exists to ensure every student loves their time at Southampton. We are a registered charity with a £7M turnover and provide a comprehensive platform of offers, support, representation, services and spaces for our members to enhance the overall University experience across a number of campuses. We have approximately 65 core staff, and around 300 casual staff employed throughout the year.

What we will offer

The University of Southampton Students’ Union has a vision of creating a positive impact with every student during their time at the University. As a not for profit organisation the Students’ Union provides a comprehensive platform of opportunities, support, representation and places for our members to enhance their overall University experience.

Benefits of Working at SUSU

On top of developing you within your role, we recognise our people are our greatest assets and offer a number of benefits over and above your monthly pay.

  • Annual leave of 44 days, including a week at Christmas and Easter (including public holidays)
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 6% employee)
  • Attractive contractual family leave options after 6-months service for new parents
  • Staff social activities
  • Staff discounts on entertainment (including 40% off cinema), eating out, retail and travel
  • Free access to LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Office 365 applications on your device
  • Comprehensive induction and strong learning and development offer
  • An Employee Assistance Programme
  • A beautiful campus, with on-site commercial outlets

Apply now

For further information about the role, please see attached the information pack, or visit our website https://www.susu.org/work-with-us/about/308/head-of-people.html for the full role profile and terms.

You can apply by sending your CV and cover letter (of no more than 2 sides of A4) addressing the requirements of the role by emailing them to anthony@susu.org. Informal enquiries can be made to Anthony Douglas, Director of People, on anthony@susu.org.

Closing Date and Time: Monday 30th November at 9am, however if sufficient applications are received before this date we may close applications early. Therefore, we would encourage and advise early application if this role is of interest to you. Interviews week commencing 4th January 2021. Please note feedback will not be provided if you are not shortlisted for interview.

SUSU is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce and we want to reflect the student body that we represent. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination and will ensure that our recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.

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