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Head of People and Organisational Development – South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Salary of £72,933 - £79,878 on the scale Exec 5 plus generous employee benefits.
Closing date
26 Nov 2021

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Head of People and Organisational Development – South Yorkshire Police

This permanent post is for the Head of People and Organisational Development (POD) and is responsible for all aspects of people strategy and the leadership of POD for South Yorkshire Police.

This is a critical appointment for South Yorkshire Police and requires someone who is passionate about people, bringing quality and focus to delivering an outstanding public service experience, whilst demonstrating excellent interpersonal skills.

Pivotal to the success of this role is the ability to provide strategic leadership, and to act as both an influencer and enabler, ensuring that the role adds demonstrable value to the strategic aims of the Organisation.

We are looking for a people person who will act as the senior role model for the Force. A true brand ambassador to embed our values and be a senior advocate in cultural change.  Equally a person that shows true engagement through their own management style.

The department covers a wide range of human resourcing functions, spanning talent acquisition, work force planning, organisational development and the health and wellbeing of the workforce. The role will require you to oversee one of the biggest increases in police officer numbers in recent years following the government’s commitment to funding 20,000 new recruits nationally. At the same time, you will have strategic responsibility in training the current workforce to be ready for future challenges and priorities such as cyber-crime and preventing violence against women and girls.  Furthermore, the role is responsible for ensuring the unique challenges to the wellbeing of police employees, both new and current, are recognised as being key to their retention and ability to deliver for the communities of South Yorkshire. The role therefore represents a huge opportunity for a candidate who is passionate about public service, to deliver for communities across South Yorkshire and the police workforce who serve them.

The successful candidate will:

Lead the strategic development and professional oversight of POD, proactively promoting and embedding the desired culture and behaviours within all HR services and activities

Be responsible for ensuring our People and OD strategies and approaches enable a high performing, agile and engaged workforce and facilitate transformational change across the Force

Lead on the development of our people and innovative organisational practices to ensure the Force attracts, retains and invests in the workforce to fulfil the overall Force Strategic Plan.

Develop a workforce that is highly skilled, motivated and can deliver on their ambitious goals Champion and evolve cultural vision and values

Develop and lead the overall People Strategy for the Force, taking the function forward and implementing new and efficient ways of working, ensuring it is aligned to the Force Strategic Vision and supports the Police and Crime Plan.

Essential experience:

Fully professional qualified in HR with extensive applied experience in a full range of HR sub disciplines.

You must have significant strategic people and OD experience that blends advocacy, authentic leadership and proven ability to deliver strategic transformational change, gained in a large, complex and Unionised organisational context.

You will also be able to evidence success in shaping the delivery of people and OD services to ensure efficient and progressive approaches.

You will be dynamic and a confident leader with the ability to challenge the status quo and have a proven track record of defining an organisations culture

You must evidence considerable influence as a leader of staff groups, internally and externally to gain support for policies. Including the negotiation with senior leaders and professionals.

You must evidence a real passion for people engagement, cultivating teams and delivering amazing innovation. 

You must show evidence of constructive collaborative working with both peers and senior management.

You must evidence financial acumen. With evidence of balancing resources, an understanding of financial implications and financial governance.

You should show evidence of Technological savvy and how that has been used in an innovative way.

The post will be based at Nunnery Square, Sheffield; however, we are currently looking at a more agile approach to the workplace.

For further information relating to the responsibility, decision making, roles and tasks of this position please refer to the attached role requirement and Application Pack.


Applicants must meet the minimum requirement checkable history criteria, which must be taken into account for individuals applying to work with South Yorkshire Police in any capacity.  A minimum checkable history of 5 years is required for this role and successfully undergoing recruitment vetting procedure is a pre-requisite of employment with South Yorkshire Police.

Appearance & Standards:

All tattoos and piercings must be in line with South Yorkshire Police’s Appearance and Standards policy.  Tattoos visible on your face, neck, hands or head are not permitted.  Any tattoos which could be deemed inappropriate or cause offence will also not be accepted.  If you have tattoos, you will need to make a declaration at the time of application.

Diversity & Inclusion:

South Yorkshire Police welcome applications from under-represented communities.  For further information on diversity and inclusion within South Yorkshire Police, please visit the diversity and inclusion page:

Apply for the role:

CV’s and covering letters are required for this vacancy and must be submitted to  by the closing date of Friday 26th November 2021.

Closing dates are not normally extended, other than in exceptional circumstances and agreement is made with the Talent Acquisition Manager, Recruitment and the Line Manager for the role.

For further information about this post please, contact Jackie Bland, Director of Resources on

 T: 0114 2523435

M: 07769131482

Email –

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