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Director of HR

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Engineering / Manufacturing
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
General HR Function
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Job Details

Fantastic opportunity to join our AWE Leadership team as the new Director of HR.

In this role you will act as a strategic partner leading the HR business partner team, playing a crucial role in aligning the organisation's people strategy with business objectives. Fostering a strong corporate culture, implementing strategic workforce planning, performance focus and innovation, this role is instrumental in promoting employee development, satisfaction and engagement. The role will identify opportunities for overall efficiency, workforce transformation and ensure the business operates in accordance with organisational behaviours and purpose.

Key Accountabilities:

* Lead the development of the People Strategy and plans for functional area of the business, working with Executive Directors, HR business partners and HR Centres of Excellence's as required.
* Provide direction, support, coaching and training to Executive and Business leaders to deliver the people strategy and plan.
* Own the strategic workforce plan initiatives plan, driving delivery to plan and facilitating risk optioneering discussions.
* Identify internal and external trends and commission strategic analysis and recommendations from the wider HR team, including external benchmarking to facilitate key people recommendations and decisions that deliver the people aspects of the business plan.
* As part of the HR Senior Leadership team drive cultural change both within the function and across AWE.
* Initiate, sponsor and direct strategic HR project delivery, managing change for specific projects and initiatives that deliver business value.
* Drive succession planning for Directors & senior leaders, ensuring linkage across all functional areas.
* Act as an interface between the AWE business and HR function to ensure alignment and delivery of strategic initiatives and service delivery to meet demands and commercial objectives.
* Provide leadership and management to the HRBP team, developing and maintaining the right culture to retain and develop staff, serve the needs of the business and promote customer service excellence.

Required skills:

* Strong leadership skills and decision making abilities
* Strong business acumen
* Exceptional communication skills
* Proven strategic thinking
* High degree of emotional intelligence
* Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
* Proven literacy and numeracy
* Credibility to partner Board level executives, and the ability to build rapport and influence key stakeholders across the business
* An ability to develop deep understanding of organisational requirements and to develop strategies and solutions to drive business performance
* Knowledge of employment law, compensation, organisation planning, organisation development, leadership and talent development.

Qualifications and/or professional memberships - CIPD or equivalent HR qualification.

Location - Reading and surrounding areas.

Package - Competitive leadership salary depending on experience, performance related bonus, flexible benefit scheme.

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

* Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
* Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle.
* Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
* Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
* A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
* Life Assurance
* Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
* Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
* A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site.

Closing date - 16th February 2024.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


Our role in keeping the nation safe is to manufacture, maintain and develop the warheads for Trident, the UK’s ultimate deterrent, and use our unique skills and expertise to support nuclear threat reduction.

We believe that talent is talent – no matter what a person’s gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or social background.

Whether you're an engineer, a scientist, a mechanic or a business professional. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we’re always looking for high quality candidates.


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