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Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development (two-year fixed term)

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service
Based in Aylesbury, with some local and national travel
up to £113,802
Closing date
2 May 2024

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Emergency Services
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
General HR Function, Organisational Development
CIPD Membership
Non CIPD member

Organisation: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Role: Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development (two-year fixed term)

Salary: up to £113,802

Location: Based in Aylesbury, with some local and national travel

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service (BFRS) provides a vital public safety service for our communities across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. We serve over 800,000 people across this varied rural and city settings which also include the River Thames, the M1, M25 and M40 motorways, as well as rail infrastructure. All this demands the services of nearly 500 of the very best, well trained and well equipped firefighters and support teams to deliver on our promise:

  • Committed to providing an excellent, modern and agile Fire & Rescue Service for our community
  • Dedicated to having the right people, at the right time with the right skills to keep you safe Together we will work to protect and safeguard people and places

There is much to be proud of in BFRS, but we also know there is much to be done. Our determination to continually improve means we are seeking an interim Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development (on an initial two-year fixed term contract) who will bring a relentless focus on inspiring our people and Service to ever greater levels of performance. We do not underestimate that challenge either, as we know these are challenging times for all Fire and Rescue Services nationally, with our cultures under deserved scrutiny. We have set clear expectations on ourselves to do whatever it takes to ensure everyone in our team feels safe, supported and included.

The Director will provide visible strategic managerial leadership and direction in shaping and facilitating the delivery of corporate objectives for BFRS, providing HR/OD leadership and expertise, supporting the development of organisational capability. We are ambitious and want to be at the forefront as a modern Fire and Rescue Service. Keeping all our teams at the leading edge of best practice requires constant attention and planning.

At the core of this role will be the development of BFRS’s standards as an inclusive place for all, embedding our culture and EDI plans and ensuring lessons from national reviews are fully embedded. The postholder will develop the People function and establish an efficient and effective platform for all people-related activities and oversee and support the training plans for the service, ensuring a quality of delivery that is fit for purpose and provides a workforce with the right skills and attributes to fulfil their roles.

This is why we want to attract the very best for this role and so are open-minded about the leadership experiences you bring. What matters is that you share our ambition for what can be achieved, you can inspire trust from our people, and you can deliver for our communities.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, the required experience and how to apply, please visit our recruitment partner’s website by clicking 'Apply'. Having read the available information, if you would like an informal, confidential discussion, please contact GatenbySanderson and speak to Duncan Collins on 07586 705475.

The closing date for applications is 08:00 on Thursday 2nd May 2024

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