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Head of People

Scottish Canals

Head of People

Glasgow or Falkirk


Scottish Canals are looking for a highly skilled Head of People who will be responsible for providing Human Resource functions and expertise including but not limited to; employee wellbeing, relations, inclusion and diversity, talent management and development, performance improvement, resourcing, employee engagement, learning and development, reward and benefits, and organisational development.

As a member of the Senior Management Group, the Head of People contributes to the shared governance of Scottish Canals, take a leading role in implementing the strategic plans and priorities of the People Strategy whilst promoting Scottish Canal’s vision, values and reputation. The Head of People is responsible for leading and contributing to the priorities identified through the Corporate Plan delivering continuous improvements in performance and outcomes across services delivered via the People Strategy with alignment to Scottish Canals annual Business Plan. As the Head of People, you will also be responsible for 3 staff, plus additional consultant support, and have budget responsibilities inclusive of payroll and pension administration (£10m).

This role is offered on a permanent full-time basis, attracting a competitive salary of circa £50,000 per annum. The successful candidate will participate in a blended working model with 3 days at home and 2 days in the Glasgow or Falkirk office. Scottish Canals also offers flexible working, a generous annual leave entitlement of 34 days rising to 39 after 5 years (inc. public holidays), along with enhanced company sick pay, childcare vouchers, discounted shopping vouchers, and a contributory pension scheme with up to a 10% employer contribution.

The main duties of the role are:

  • Responsible for the creation, implementation and delivery of people strategies designed to support the overall corporate agenda.
  • Responsible for managing and leading a People Team that provides a service and expertise of all aspects of HR to the business.
  • Promote a positive culture of empowerment, creativity and innovation which challenges existing ways of working, promotes change and recognises and rewards success.
  • Develop, support, and maintain the optimum strategy for constructive union relationship partnerships.
  • Ensure compliance with Scottish Canal’s external and internal Corporate Governance Framework in line with the statutory, regulatory, and best practice requirements of Scottish public bodies an employment law.

For a confidential discussion about the opportunity, please contact Debbie Shields at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

More information can be found within the Job Description below:

Job Description

To apply, please upload your CV and cover letter below.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 27th September 2021