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Head of People

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Type: Full Time

Salary: £67,000 - £70,000 depending on experience

Location: Nottingham

Closing Date: 25th April 2024

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As a not-for-profit organisation, the SCAPE Group comprises of six companies enabling public sector organisations to deliver their essential built environment projects. Our mission is to create a world everyone deserves, by empowering the public sector to collaborate with the private sector and create a legacy for local communities.

Our companies:

  • SCAPE procures consultancy, civil engineering, and construction frameworks for the public sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • SCAPE Scotland procures consultancy, civil engineering and construction frameworks for the public sector in Scotland.
  • SCAPE Venture procures built environment frameworks in the private sector for the public good.
  • Arc Partnership is a joint venture between Nottinghamshire County Council and SCAPE, formed in 2016 to support the council in creating an efficient, safe and sustainable land and property portfolio, whilst delivering real value together.
  • Lungfish Architects is a design-led, award-winning architecture and interior design practice.
  • Construction Waste Portal is an anytime, anywhere, digital platform that allows you to predict, plan and prevent construction waste, putting your contribution to the circular economy in the palm of your hand.

The SCAPE Group is wholly-owned by six local authority shareholders, and any surplus income we make is returned to the public sector – meaning we don’t just work with the public sector, we are the public sector.

We’re looking for a Head of People to join our team and lead on the implementation and delivery of our people strategies.

Your new role

Reporting directly to the Group Chief Executive, you will be a strategic partner to our senior leaders, driving initiatives to attract, retain, and develop top talent while fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture. This is a truly generalist role, leading a small team, which oversees and gets involved with all the key HR services, whilst also helping to shape and support our culture.

You will have the opportunity to lead and support the business on:

Strategic Human Resources Leadership developing strategies to support the overall business goals and subsidiary business plans.

Workforce and success planning ensuring the business has the right roles, skills and capabilities to deliver its current and future business plans and goals.

Learning and development developing and overseeing initiatives to build a learning culture that includes formal training, self learning, and career advancement opportunities.

Culture taking a lead role in developing our values and behaviours implementing actions to embed these into our people practices.

Employee engagement promoting and developing opportunities for collaboration and involvement and providing support and activities to ensure the health and wellbeing of employees.

Reward and recognition ensuring that we continue to offer a competitive and fair package of pay and benefits.

Diversity and inclusion leading the continuous development and implementation of actions that value EDI and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Employee relations and compliance providing advice and guidance to employees and managers, ensuring compliance with employment legislation, best practice, policies and procedures.

HR Operations overseeing HR administration, employee benefits, HRIS management, policy and process development.

What you'll bring

  • Significant experience in a senior people role with a demonstrable track record of delivering successful HR operations and strategy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong, trusting relationships, particularly with senior leaders.
  • A thorough working knowledge of employment law, best practice and employee relations
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, role modelling values, behaviours and culture of the company.
  • Self-motivated, with a can-do attitude, energetic, enthusiastic, with drive and ambition for the development and growth of the Group.
  • Experience of organisational development activities including development of values to support culture change.
  • Experience in public and private sector organisations, ideally with some knowledge of local government term and conditions.
  • A basic understanding of sustainability in the workplace, and be committed to support the business with its carbon reduction strategy.

What we offer

We offer a wide range of employment benefits, initiatives and working arrangements to create a positive working environment, where our employees can work to their full potential and achieve a healthy work/life balance.

As well as being an accredited living wage employer, our benefits include:

  • Attractive salary starting from £67,000 - £70,000 depending on experience.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays and additional birthday leave.
  • Private medical insurance.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme including generous employer contribution.
  • Based at our Nottingham office, flexible and hybrid working hours with policies to support your work/life balance.
  • A welcoming and inclusive working environment with activities to support your health and wellbeing.

Apply today

To apply for this role, please submit a CV and covering letter by Thursday 25 April 2024 setting out how you meet the role requirements. To find out more about us, please visit

We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We therefore encourage applications from all genders, races, religions, ages, and sexual orientations, as well as parents, people living with disabilities, and any other groups that could bring diverse perspectives to our business.

If you would like any support with the application process, require the job information in an alternative format, or would like an informal chat about the role please contact Jane Dackiewicz on 07866 127165.