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Assistant HR Director, Recruitment Services

Competition & Markets Authority
London and Manchester
£71,300 - £77,550
Closing date
1 May 2024

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is embarking on a significant growth journey, with expanding responsibilities. As we prepare to evolve and diversify our talent pool, we are seeking a dynamic Assistant HR Director, Recruitment Services (Head of Recruitment) to play a key role in attracting and recruiting individuals with the right skills, based on merit and through fair and open competition.

About the CMA

We help people, businesses, and the UK economy by promoting competitive markets and tackling unfair behaviour. Our work is wide ranging, ambitious and often new and challenging.

The role

As the Assistant HR Director, Recruitment Services, you will co-lead a team focused on attracting and recruiting top talent into the CMA, particularly in hard-to-recruit professions in our emerging areas of growth, such as data and digital experts. Collaborating closely with business leaders, you’ll drive resourcing strategies, while also contributing to our regional expansion efforts in Belfast, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh and Manchester under the Places for Growth programme. 

With your leadership, we aim to refresh our ambitious talent attraction strategy, conduct an end-to-end review of our recruitment processes, and prepare for the integration of new recruitment technology in 2024/25. Additionally, you will drive improvements in our strategic workforce planning approach, working closely with senior stakeholders across the organisation to consider skills we need for the future and ensuring alignment with organisational priorities and responsibilities.

About you

We are seeking a leader with substantial experience in steering high-quality, in-house recruitment services within fast-paced, high-volume environments, alongside a proven track record of crafting and executing organisational resourcing strategies. 

Proficiency in project management, particularly in orchestrating the design, leadership, and successful delivery of recruitment and HR initiatives, will be instrumental. A comprehensive understanding of current employment law and VISA sponsorship matters is also essential.

Beyond technical expertise, excellent interpersonal skills are essential, as effective stakeholder management and relationship-building capabilities are central to the role. We seek a candidate who embodies resilience, excels under pressure, and demonstrates agile leadership. 

The CMA is a hugely rewarding, diverse and stimulating place to work – we offer an opportunity to work for the public good and to stretch and develop yourself in doing so. All CMA staff enjoy generous benefits, including an excellent pension scheme, at least 25 days leave (increasing to 30 over five years), and generous maternity/paternity leave provision. You can also take advantage of interest-free season ticket loans, a cycle to work scheme, and favourable consideration of flexible working.

To find out more about this opportunity and about working for the CMA, please click on the APPLY button.

Closing date for applications: 11:55pm on Wednesday 1st May 2024.

The CMA, like many other organisations, operate a hybrid working model with a mix of office and home working. We believe this supports us to deliver our best work while allowing the flexibility to maintain balanced and healthy lives. 

The CMA are an accredited Disability Confident Employer, and we are an equal opportunities employer, welcoming suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds. 

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

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