HR Manager - Go North West


About this job

We have a vacancy for a HR Manager at the Queens Road Depot, in Manchester. 

We will be running over 160 buses from our new site and are looking for a HR Generalist with experience of standalone HR leadership in a unionised environment.

We want someone who is comfortable taking a leadership role in a commercial environment.

The role

Reporting to the Head of Operations the purpose of this role is to lead the design and delivery of the organisation’s people plan, ensuring full alignment to the short, medium, and long-term business objectives.

Main responsibilities will include:
• Leading on organisational design and delivery activity such as role design, organisational reviews and policy and process design
• Ensuring effective and ongoing attraction, recruitment and retention through robust workforce planning
• Leading the employee engagement agenda, including the design and delivery of effective engagement and communications plans
• Overseeing core training and development plans, including licence acquisition, remedial training and Driver CPC
• Building capability levels through effective learning and development plans, including suitable apprenticeships and training programmes for technical and vocational roles, and management and leadership activity
• Facilitating and maintaining strong relationships with recognised employee groups and trade unions
• Establishing and maintaining effective people management systems
• Supporting the senior leadership team and line managers with all elements of people management activity
• Supporting and coaching line managers to ensure compliance to employment law, company policy and recognised best practice
• Ensuring effective performance improvement approaches, including goal setting and reviewing, and management of conduct and capability 
• Reviewing and updating HR policy and procedure to ensure continuous improvements, and compliance to legal and regulatory requirements and recognised best practice
• Acting as the local lead for employee pensions. Examples include chairing the local pensions committee, liaising with Group Pensions, and ensuring the accurate completion of pension-related requests such as early retirement, ill-health retirement and claims
• Working with the Go-Ahead Group to cross-fertilise talent, such as the virtual learning programme and other employee development schemes (e.g. graduate training Programme)
• Proactively supporting, encouraging and demonstrating the Go-Ahead Visions and Values to ensure that they become embedded in the culture across Manchester.

Skills, knowledge and experience
As an experienced HR Manager, you will be comfortable taking a leadership role in a commercial environment.
You’ll be a true HR Generalist with level 5 CIPD (or equivalent) and previous standalone HR leadership experience in a unionised environment.
You will also be an effective influencer and coach and have an excellent working knowledge of employment law.

You will need:
• Effective project management skills
• Strong communication & interpersonal skills
• Good numeracy and literacy levels
• Good administrative and IT skills
• Great organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise work activities
• Diplomacy and objectiveness
• To be trustworthy and discreet
• A team player and supportive
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Experience in transport industry (desirable)

In return you’ll receive a competitive salary based on your experience.

Applicants should clearly state any dates when they will not be available to attend an interview.

Go North West values diversity and promotes equality and we encourage and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Closing Date: Sunday 29th March 2019