Head of Human Resources

Greater Belfast
£65,422 - £78,275
28 Sep 2018
18 Oct 2018
Specialist Area
HR function
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Job summary

The Head of Human Resources is responsible for leading and coordinating a wide range of professional HR services to support police officers and staff in keeping people safe. The role includes working at both strategic and operational management levels, and advising the Senior Executive Team (SET).

About the PSNI

Vision: To help build a safe, confident & peaceful society

Northern Ireland continues to develop and thrive. It is the role of the PSNI to collaborate with the
Northern Ireland Executive, business, community and voluntary groups to build a safe, confident and peaceful society.

Purpose: Keeping people safe

The PSNI will work with partners and communities to keep people safe, through frontline service
delivery and enabling services.

Preventing harm by working with our partners to foster trust, resilience and citizen involvement,
reduce offending and prevent crime.

Protecting citizens and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, by delivering professional
policing operations and services in accordance with human rights standards.

Detecting offences and investigating suspects, by working with justice partners to carry out
professional investigations and deliver prompt, visible, and fair outcomes. This will build the
confidence of victims, witnesses and communities.

How: Policing with the community

We are at our strongest when we work in partnership with communities and when we involve those communities in policing. We best achieve this by demonstrating the following behaviours:

1. Accountability
Accountability is the fundamental building block to securing trust and legitimacy for any Police
Service. It is the way to earn public co-operation, collaboration and information. Accountability helps us achieve our policing purpose of keeping people safe.

2. Acting with fairness, courtesy and respect
Fairness, courtesy and respect are the minimum standards for how we treat others, both inside and outside the organisation. These standards are non-negotiable no matter the context or provocation to
act otherwise, and are key to securing our communities’ confidence and trust.

3. We will be collaborative in our decision making
Decisions are often too important, complex or far-reaching to be left to the police alone, which is why collaborative decision making is vital. Collaborative decision making is based upon the concepts of partnership and engagement, but takes it a step further and outlines the critical need for clear decisions to be made. This process has at its core collective responsibility and accountability. Involving others shares the opportunity behind every challenging and important decision. These behaviours will also guide how we treat each other within the organisation.

Who: The Police Service of Northern

We are a diverse group of people who strive to be representative of the communities we serve in both our staff profile and culture. We are proud to serve the people of Northern Ireland and to work as part of an organisation which is committed to keeping people safe within this society.

Background (About the role in the context of the PSNI)

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has an overall purpose of keeping people safe. We
achieve this goal through policing with the community and partners. The organisation’s ambition is to build a safe, confident and peaceful society.

The PSNI is a non-departmental public body (NDPB), sponsored by the Department of Justice (DoJ) and funded by supply grants from the Northern Ireland Consolidated Fund. The work of the PSNI is overseen through a system of accountability structures, including the Northern Ireland Policing Board, the DoJ and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

The PSNI currently employs approximately 6,700 full-time regular police officers, over 400 part-time reserve constables and 2,450 police staff.

Main functions

The Head of Human Resources will:

  • set the Human Resources Strategy in support of the PSNI’s aims
  • monitor, report and be accountable for the organisation’s performance against the strategy
  • advocate the importance of HR planning and ensure that it is given due recognition in
  • corporate decision-making
  • undertake long-term scenario planning to set the ideal workforce mix as part of the annual
  • integrated planning process
  • develop and deliver detailed recruitment, promotion and specialist selection programmes to support the HR plan
  • develop and maintain a modern suite of HR policies
  • deliver transactional HR services
  • improve workforce attendance, wellbeing and diversity
  • design and implement a fit-for-purpose reward strategy
  • facilitate greater levels of engagement between officers, staff and stakeholders
  • develop the corporate reward strategy, including engagement with the Police Pay Review Body
  • provide support to the Director of Human Resources and professional HR advice to the SET
  • engage with representative bodies:

o The Police Federation of Northern Ireland

o The Superintendents Association of Northern Ireland
o Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance
o Unite

  • act as the appeal authority in any formal disciplinary sanctions applied to a member of staff.

Budgets and staff

The Head of Human Resources is responsible for a branch of approximately 100 staff in the PSNI’s Human Resources Department, currently located in Lisnasharragh, Belfast.

The office holder is directly accountable for a budget of £2.7 million (in addition to salary costs). They have the authority to influence spend and must comply with government accounting rules by
preparing the business case for each spend and ensuring value-for-money.

The role also carries responsibility for the approval of PSNI pay remits for each police and staff

Resources and reporting

The Head of Human Resources reports directly to the Director of Human Resources, a member of the SET. The office holder will be required to represent the Director when required.

Nature of the role

Policing is a people business, and the Head of Human Resources plays a key role in supporting the overall organisational effort. The role is integral to delivering key services and is closely involved in decision-making at a senior level.

It is a challenging role, with shrinking resources and increased demands. Planning for the long-term, maximising levels of attendance, and boosting staff engagement are crucial.

The Head of Human Resources is often required to make difficult and complex decisions. They are required to give account to both senior internal and external stakeholders. They must manage
complex and inter-related factors in a dynamic and fluid resource and staffing environment.

The Head of Human Resources may seek advice and guidance from lawyers within the PSNI’s Legal Services Branch, and senior officials from the Department of Finance and Department of Justice.


This role is for an accredited and experienced human resources professional. The minimum essential requirement is a third-level qualification and membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The office holder must have five years’ post-qualification experience of senior human resources
management in a challenging, large scale business environment. They must have the capacity to be a strategic thinker and to take a long-term view. They must have well-developed communication and inter-personal skills, exhibit strong leadership and the ability to motivate staff.

The main duties and responsibilities reflect the main elements of those associated with this position. It is not intended to exclusive or exhaustive.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £65,422.00 to £78,275.00 /year