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Head of People (HR Generalist)

Head of People (HR Generalist)

We are looking for an engaging, dynamic, passionate and committed CIPD qualified professional to become Head of People at UK Youth.

Operating in a busy and inspiring organisation, you will provide excellent strategic HR advice and guidance on the full range of people issues across a rewarding and inspiring Charity which makes a difference in the lives of young people across the UK.

About UK Youth

Founded over 100 years ago, UK Youth is a leading national charity that exists to ensure all young people aged 9-25 are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. UK Youth provides young people with life skills, delivered through a network of local youth organisations which make up the UK Youth Movement.

The UK Youth Movement is made up of over 5,500 local youth organisations across the UK. We deliver innovative youth services with a focus on personal and social skills development to more than 100,000 young people every year. We grow effective practice and campaign to increase support for all young people in the UK and the 1.6 million young people reached through our network.

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About the role

The charity is embarking on an exciting journey of transformation as we implement an ambitious new strategy, underpinned by our People First mantra. Reporting to the Director of Operations, you will work with the CEO and wider leadership and management team, leading on the development and implementation of our People First Strategy.

The core of the role is to provide excellent strategic HR advice and guidance on the full range of people issues including:
• Culture and EDI
• Recruitment and on-boarding
• Organisational development and talent management,
• Reward, recognition, compensation and benefits
• Performance, disciplinary, grievance and capability issues
• People analytics.
• Policies and procedures
• Employee engagement and staff well-being.

As an experienced, motivated and independently minded leader, you will be able to act on your own initiative and be a confident, authentic and credible communicator. You’ll need to be comfortable working at pace, often on multiple day to day operating tasks at the same time using your excellent analytical, problem solving and influencing skills. Acting as a coach to all levels of management, you will play a key role in embedding best practice in people management and shaping the culture of the organisation. Above all, you will share our passion for making a difference to the lives of Young people.

You’ll also be responsible for managing and developing a small team currently comprised of an HR Administrator, and Office Manager and overseeing the day to day running of our London office

You will be able to work at a high level both within UK Youth and with our charity and corporate partners, have a flexible approach to work and be prepared to travel away from home on occasion to meet operational needs.

Why work at UK Youth?

We are a value-based, passionate and committed organisation offering a friendly working environment with lots of opportunities for professional development and socialising with colleagues through activities such as office yoga, lunch and learn sessions and potluck lunches; as well as optional out of work social events such as bowling, tennis and baking.

This role will be located at our new Head Office in Westminster, although due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the role will initially be home-based.

UK Youth prides itself on being an Equal Opportunity employer and we would particularly welcome applications for this role from those who identify under one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, which include race, age, disability, gender, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings and are committed to inclusivity, and to employing and supporting a diverse workforce. Our selection procedures ensure that people are treated on the basis of their relevant merits, experience, skills and abilities and that no individual receives more or less favourable treatment. We can offer flexibility through the interview process and endeavour to accommodate candidate’s needs.

What we can offer you?

The salary for this role is £38,000 - £40,000 dependent on experience however other benefits include:

• 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)
• Pension scheme (currently UK Youth match employee contributions up to 5%)
• Membership of our life insurance scheme which would pay out up to 4 times your salary
• Cycle, tech and season ticket loans
• Employee Assistance programme to support employees both professionally and personally
• 20% discount off bookings at Avon Tyrrell our New Forest Outdoor Centre including, camping, lodges and outdoor activities

We are committed to investing in the personal and professional development of everyone at UK Youth. Every staff member is entitled to 1 days paid development per calendar year in addition to the 2 days charity wide staff training days as well as volunteering leave one full day or two half days per calendar year.

Additional Information

As part of the recruitment process UK Youth will be gathering and uses certain information about you. For further information regarding this please review our Data protection privacy notice (recruitment) which explains what data of yours we process and how we use it.

As this role involves working in a regulated environment with young people any offer will be conditional to satisfactory background checks which include criminal record check and employment reference.

Job Location
London, some travel is required across the UK, London, some travel maybe required across the UK, London, UK
Remote work from: This role will be located at our new Head Office in Westminster, although due to the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the role will initially be home-based.
Working Hours
37.5 Hours per week
Base Salary
£ 38000 - £ 48000
Employment Type
This role is fixed term for 6 months
Date posted
July 31, 2020
Valid through
August 17, 2020
How to Apply

To apply please send a covering letter addressing the job description and personal specification along with your CV to .

Closing date for applications will be 9am, 17 August 2020

Interviews from the 21 August 2020 onwards.

Job Description & Person Specification
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Position: Head of People (HR Generalist)

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Wishing you luck with your application to join UK Youth

Kind regards,
Deborah Woolf
Head of People | UK Youth
M: 07718423686 | T: 020 3137 3812