Job description - Head of Human Resources

Head of Human Resources
Up to £75,000 per annum, 37 hours per week
Permanent Contract

Witney/Cirencester/Coleford/Cheltenham/Agile and Home Working

About the role

We are looking for an experienced people professional who can help us be the great place to work that we aspire to be. We have already made huge progress, with Investors in People accreditation, and you will help us take the next steps from good to great, by helping us to make the best of our greatest asset: our people. You will want to make a difference, and with us, you can.

You will represent the HR Department consistently and with professionalism across Publica and partner Councils and Clients, providing strategic leadership across the HR team to ensure a strong, sustainable future for Publica, working closely with Business Manager peers, Assistant Directors, the Executive Leadership, Senior Officers at the partner Councils and the company Board. You will need to have a strategic mind-set and be able to champion a performance culture and continuously review productivity and employee development making recommendations for improvements.

As part of this role, you will act as the senior manager for our Human Resources team and you will support our Assistant Director, Organisational Effectiveness on our People Strategy, cultural shift, our Great Place to Work plan and our aspiration to create a value add Human Resources function.  Bringing your broad experience to bear from the private, third or public sector arenas you will drive improvements to modernise the people function. You will also be able to support the development of your team across HR to be the best they can.

We are looking for someone who has experience in change and organisational design, establishing departmental accountabilities for the range of HR functions, which include Talent, Recruitment, Wellbeing, HR Support and Reward.

We think this is an exciting role. We often say that every year working for Publica, providing services for four Councils in two counties alongside our sister Teckal company Ubico and other external partners, is the equivalent of four or five years at a single Council! 

We have produced a comprehensive and up-to-date Job Description that will give you a strong idea of the agenda we have in mind.

If you think this sounds like a role where you could thrive, truly make a difference and bring the creative, forward thinking Publica is looking for, we look forward to hearing from you.

Our future

The pace of change in the world of local government is getting faster, whether it be levelling up, climate change or local pressures, such as affordable housing, we are being asked to do more, faster and with less money. Publica has already established a strong track record in delivering savings and improving services, but we want to go further. The Head of HR is key to driving organisational effectiveness. We also want to explore ways to provide more of the things that our existing Council partners want and to look beyond our existing boundaries to see how what we do might benefit new partners.

You will need 

Special conditions

Who are we

Publica is a unique place to work – we’re a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer focused organisation driven by real user needs.


What can we do for you

Terms and conditions apply.

These are just a handful of the benefits that you can enjoy when you join us!



How to apply

To find out more, please click on 'Apply now' below. For a confidential discussion with our recruitment partners at James Andrews Recruitment Solutions, please contact Peter Bennett, Tel: 0121 2740187, Email:

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Closing date: Monday 10 April 2023

First stage interview: Friday 21 April 2023

Final interview: Thursday 27 April 2023