Head of People

CH&Co Group
Head Office - Reading
£50,000 - £55,000
27 Mar 2019
23 Apr 2019
Job Function
Contract Type
Full Time

We are CH&CO, a group of chefs, nutritionists and people pleasers with a shared passion for food that fuels emotional positivity as well as physical wellbeing. In a world where what we consume is becoming ever faster and more disposable, we’re proud to take a more thoughtful, mindful approach to the food experiences we source, prepare and present.

Role Purpose:

To drive the business forward as an employer of choice and execute the people strategy to promote a high-performance culture that supports the business needs and long-term strategic goals. This will include the development and implementation of a proactive human resources function to provide a comprehensive range of HR services and activities.

Particular to this post

Develop and implement the operational plan to deliver the people strategy.

Lead and manage a comprehensive human resources service through a range of projects and activities in areas such as, but not limited to:

  • Workforce planning and Recruitment
  • On-boarding/exit and Employment Services
  • Performance Management
  • Learning and Development
  • Business Partnering
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employment Law Compliance
  • TUPE transfers

Employee Relations

  • Identify, develop and implement innovative HR projects in order to improve employee engagement, organisational performance and support business strategic goals.
  • Develop and implement a plan to build and embed our culture and values across the organisation.
  • Analyse and use HR metrics and data to inform the Senior Management Team’s decisions.
  • Work with senior management to plan talent development and growth for the future.
  • Provide support, coaching, training and advice to managers and staff on all human resource issues.
  • Develop an effective performance management system ensuring that organisational values are translated into measurable competencies, behaviours and objectives, and that appraisals are carried out accordingly.
  • Develop and implement creative and meaningful learning and development initiatives for all staff.
  • Develop and implement an integral staff well-being programme.
  • Other duties and/or projects as may reasonably be requested



CIPD qualification (or equivalent).

Essential Experience Evidence of:

  • Experience of working within a generalist HR function at mid-senior level, preferably in a stand-alone role.
  • Experience of developing and implementing a wide range of projects and activities in all areas of HR including, including:
  • Organisational culture and design,
  • Recruitment and Talent Planning,
  • Learning and Development,
  • Performance Management,
  • Compensation and Reward,
  • Employee Engagement, Employee Relations.
  • Skills, Knowledge and Expertise
  • Sound knowledge of current HR legislation.
  • Strong analytical skills to think in a logical manner, identify root causes of problems, and makes systematic and rational judgements based on relevant information.
  • Ability to work autonomously, take responsibility for own actions and make decisions with minimal direction.
  • Ability to think creatively and solve problems.
  • Ability to confidently articulate human resources issues to internal staff and external stakeholders both in writing and verbally.
  • Highly effective networking, interpersonal and collaboration skills and the ability to establish working relationships
  • Influencing skills to establish credibility and negotiate well with others in a way that results in acceptance and agreement.
  • Leadership skills to guide and steer discussion in order to achieve objectives and promote best practice.
  • Excellent people’s skills and ability to build relationships and communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Empathy and listening skills to understand other’s opinions and tolerate differing needs and viewpoints.
  • Tact and ability to identify and manage conflict.

Personal Qualities

  • Vocation and passion for the work with, and for, people
  • Self-confidence and assertiveness
  • Strong work ethic and integrity
  • Self-starter with the ability to take own initiative
  • Highly motivated and proactive
  • A collaborative team player
  • Calm under pressure and in changing circumstances, flexible, friendly and helpful
  • CH&CO values diversity and is committed to making appointments on merit by fair and open processes, in accordance with its equal opportunities policy.
  • Must reside in the primary geographical area