Executive Recruitment

Chief People Officer

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Home Office
SCS2, £120,000 to £140,000
Closing date:
18th March
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Monday 18th March 2019
w/c 25th March 2019
w/c 8th & 15th April 2019
Psychological Assessments and Staff Engagement Event
w/c 22nd April to 10th May 2019
Final panel interviews
w/c 13th/20th May 2019

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The Home Office has a compelling and simple agenda: to keep our borders secure and our citizens safe.  We have three main systems – Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Border, Immigration and Citizenship and are underpinned by our Corporate Enablers and Capabilities function.  Our employees number around 30,000 dedicated and talented people, in a variety of roles, from policy making and working with Ministers to those delivering front-line operations and we are one of the most varied and complex Whitehall departments grappling with a range of social issues.

The wider HR function of the business currently numbers over 500 people, operating across multiple locations, with a diverse range of operations.  We have a strong foundation and an effective team in place, however maintaining the ambition to continuously improve and unlock our people’s potential is a key priority for us.  We are now looking for a leader with the breadth of HR experience at scale, to support us and add real value to our executive leadership team.

You will be a highly effective business partner who will bring a balance of experience across operational delivery and strategic leadership.  Committed to supporting diversity with an ambition to continue the journey of professionalising the HR function across the Home Office, you will bring added innovation and creativity as we continually seek to improve our performance. You will have the opportunity to work in one of the biggest departments in the civil service and be an integral part of the wider civil service HR team at a time of unparalleled transformational change.  This is a career defining opportunity that will help shape the department and its future direction.

If you have the appetite for the scale of this challenge, the creativity and determination to deliver, then we look forward to hearing from you.

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How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position please submit the following:

  • A comprehensive CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements, and details of your current salary and benefits (in confidence). 
  • A supporting statement (maximum 2 sides of A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the essential criteria.  Please note that the supporting statement is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • Please also complete and return the following:
  • diversity monitoring form – this is an online form which will appear automatically once you submit your application. Please note that the panel may not consider your application if this form is not returned as it will be considered incomplete.  If you do not wish to provide any of the information requested, please tick the ‘prefer not to say’ boxes.  Details of why we request this information and how it is used can be found below.
  • guaranteed interview request form for disabled persons (please complete for consideration if required).  Further information on the Guaranteed Interview Scheme can be found below.
  • nationality form which will be used to verify that you have the right to work in the UK.  

Please note: the documents stated are mandatory. Applications that do not include all the required documents will not be accepted.

Further Information

Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact Michael Dobson on 07891 142 325, Mark Turner on 0207 426 3983 or Duncan Ewart on 0113 205 6092 at Gatenby Sanderson.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18th March 2019


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Mark Turner
020 7426 3983
Duncan Ewart
0113 205 6092
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