Head of HR Operations

City of Edinburgh
Grade 8, £64,603- £73,630 per annum + excellent package
09 Feb 2021
07 Mar 2021
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP, Manager
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

About Us


Edinburgh Napier University is the ‘#1 Modern University in Scotland’. An innovative, learner centric university with a modern and fresh outlook, Edinburgh Napier is ambitious, inclusive in its ethos and applied in its approach.


The University is committed to delivering a personalised learning experience for students, set against an agenda of inclusivity, employability and sustainability. We have an outstanding academic reputation for delivering the highest quality education and research, alongside a purpose to add value to the social, cultural and economic capital of its communities to empower individuals, transform communities, build careers and shape futures.


The role


Reporting to the Director of People and Services, the Head of HR Operations will be responsible for the delivery of effective generalist HR services across the University, including reward and payroll, HR Partnering and recruitment. You will lead, motivate and inspire a team of HR professionals, circa 29, driving the strategic direction of the team whilst ensuring the provision of a tailored and effective HR service. You will also lead all employee relations processes and the strategic direction of the trade union relationship taking an active role in consultation and negotiation.


The Head of HR Operations will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure the people strategy supports the University’s strategic goals. You will provide advice, support and effective influence to ensure Edinburgh Napier is a great place to work and provides opportunities to allow staff to progress their career. Collaborating across the University, building strong relationships, you will bring a values driven approach with credibility and professionalism. 


Who we are looking for


You will have a strong generalist HR background within academia or industry at a senior level. Educated to degree level with CIPD qualifications, you will be confident in all aspects of HR with a solid foundation in providing complex HR advice to senior stakeholders. You will be commercially minded with the ability to ensure that decisions are based on values and robust analysis. Proven people management and leadership skill are essential coupled with the ability to navigate and build rapport with senior stakeholders across the University and externally.


This is a unique opportunity for an experienced HR leader to join a progressive and modern University in a senior influential role.


Benefits We Offer


In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefit package. This includes a generous pension scheme and holiday allowance. More information on our benefits can be found.


  • Salary: Grade 8, £64,603- £73,630 per annum Additional Information


  • Closing date – Sunday 7 March (midnight)
  • Interview date – likely to be wc 22 March

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations (Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter) and holds Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status.