Human resources is probably the most important part of any business. Without employees, there’s no productivity, and without satisfied, skilled and experienced employees, work-rate will never be optimal as high staff turnover scuppers progress. That’s why it’s vital that good HR managers are in place, monitoring and planning the staffing of a whole site.
The HR manager will often be part of a network of HR managers over various locations. Working beneath a regional HR manager and the board (perhaps with dedicated HR representation at board level), this role is the eyes and ears on the ground, informing the upper management layers of needs and projections, but also ensuring the strategic instructions from above are implemented. This often requires a degree of autonomy as the board deals with more strategic issues, rather than micro-managing local employees.
The HR manager first and foremost needs to be a great communicator. In this intermediary role, information, advice and instructions needs to flow through you as they pass from the shop floor to key decision-makers. It will be your responsibility to ensure staffing is always at its optimal level and that employees are trained up and in compliance with any regulations that apply to the sector. Clearly, HR experience in the relevant sector will be of huge advantage.
A methodical mindset is also a key requirement for this role. You may be asked to review and constantly improve processes and procedures. People skills along with a fair and balanced approach is also important, as it is usually the HR manager to whom employees come with grievances, and you will be the person charged with implementing disciplinary procedures at site level. An understanding of employment law in your sector will help to keep you on a firm legal footing throughout such matters.
Cast UK is one of the most agile recruitment consultancies in the UK. We have offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester (where we were founded) but deal with recruitment for companies the length and breadth of the UK, and beyond. We achieve this by forging close relationships with companies in our specialist sectors. Our clients trust Cast UK to find skilled potential employees for the roles they need filling. That’s great news for them, as they spend less time interviewing and fielding applications; but it’s also great news for the talent too, as we can match candidates with potentially rewarding opportunities thanks to our knowledge of the role.
Looking to take the next step in your HR management career? Call us today on 0333 121 3345.
The most northern of the counties in the north-east of England, Northumberland is bordered by Cumbria, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. It also shares a border with Scotland and has coastline on the North Sea.
Those looking for HR Manager roles in Northumberland will have a variety of opportunities to consider, particularly in the major settlements, such as Morpeth, Ponteland, Prudhoe and Alnwick. Parts of the county are also common choices for those who want to work in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but live away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Northumberland has a tumultuous history. It was occupied by the Angles and Romans, and as an important location in the wars between Scotland and England, the region is known for having more castles than anywhere else in England. Many of these are now popular tourist destinations, such as Lindisfarne, Alnwick and Bamburgh.
The modern economy of Northumberland is predominantly based in tourism, as well as the service sector and retail.
A few large companies have factories in the area. These include SCA Hygiene - once part of Kimberly-Clark, the company manufactures paper products like tissues - and Hammerite Products, which makes paints and paint-thinning products.
Other large companies include Eclipse Translations, Barter Books and Thompsons of Prudhoe. There's also the Sanofi Alnwick Research Centre - it specialises in the research and testing of pharmaceuticals.
To find out more about the HR Manager opportunities available in Northumberland - or anywhere else in the country - get in touch with Cast UK today.
Our recruitment consultants have a thorough knowledge of the logistics, supply chain and procurement fields and we work closely with clients and candidates in order to match the best talent to every position.
We also have a team of regional specialists who can provide advice and information on the local job opportunities, potential employers and expected salaries.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you find and recruit candidates within Northumberland or source a new job in Northumberland then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
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