Head of People - Hove

Head of People Jobs

Staffing of a business has been revolutionized over the past 10–15 years as companies recognize and capitalize on the advantages of having a happy, satisfied and fulfilled workforce. It’s all about ensuring the human factor is a part of human resources. While perks and bonuses have long played a part in the equation, with a modern recognition that it’s a more complex and finely tuned process, HR departments are now employing heads of people to oversee and refine the workplace processes to help with satisfaction and therefore retention and attractiveness to talent.

The head of people typically looks after a team or a department, often reporting to a people manager or director. Those members of staff have direct contact with the board and have access to the funds and the strategic information required to put people-focused initiatives into action. The head of people is normally required to understand and interpret plans and implement them at team level, often as one of several heads of people in a company.

The skills required

A background in delivering bonuses and benefits to teams is a key asset in this role. That can often mean basing benefits on individual assessments to create focused, personalized schemes, or it could be a generalized task over complete teams. You are expected to implement strategies and initiatives that drive cultural change throughout the business, as dictated by the board and your line managers. Whether they go into detail on how these are implemented or you are expected to interpret them into actions depends on the policy of the company.

Experience within the industry the company operates in is useful as employees in different sectors have different expectations and motivations. You must be able to demonstrate that you can implement complex initiatives that have been possibly decided without your input.

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Head of People Jobs in Hove

Hove is a south coast town that adjoins Brighton completely along its east side, and the two are collectively part of the city of Brighton and Hove. Although Hove proper has a population of 90,000, the local authority of Brighton and Hove is home to over a quarter of a million people, making it a sizeable concentration of people. Brighton is well known as being a holiday resort, whereas Hove, despite its coastline which is almost identical to its neighbour, is considered more of a residential area. Indeed, people from Hove (often light-heartedly) point out that they are from this more upmarket part of the area rather than Brighton, even if they are actually from Brighton! In recent years, with Brighton gaining a much more fashionable and bohemian image, perhaps the pendulum will swing the other way, particularly when people are selling their homes …

The town is a reasonably affluent and attractive place to live, and has an economically active populace attracted by pleasant surroundings and good shopping and entertainment areas. The UK’s largest distributor of snack foods, Palmer and Harvey (P&H) has its headquarters in Hove, as does the Mace convenience store chain.

The large population of economically active people in Hove and its surrounding area means that Head of People jobs turn up from time to time here. The town and its mother city are busy all the year round; thanks to its vibrant entertainment and residential scene, Hove and Brighton do not become ghost towns out of season like some other resorts.

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