Securing an HR director job is tough.
There are some common factors that employers look for when hiring. Ideally, you’ll be someone who is currently a senior HR business partner or a head of HR, or someone who is already an HR director looking for a change of employer.
Specific sector experience is generally considered important at this level, particularly in financial and professional services. But there is likely to be crossover between closely aligned sectors within commerce (eg retail & fast-moving consumer goods, media & advertising, and telecommunications & technology).
- Commercial understanding of the business
- Knowledge of the positive impact of HR on the bottom line
- An ability to represent HR in a credible way at board level
- Occupational development, change and restructuring experience.
Although the HR recruitment market has proved challenging over the past 18 months, most of the movement we have been seeing has been at the mid- (ie in the £30-70k salary bracket) rather than senior level. So there aren’t many of these roles available at the moment.
This global marketing group seeks a new UK HR director to contribute to the growth of its UK business by driving high-calibre forward-thinking HR practices, which maximise company performance and improve employee satisfaction across the business.
Reporting to the Group CEO, the successful candidate’s responsibilities will include translating HR strategy into initiatives and policies that enable the business to recruit and retain the best people.
Martyn Wright is director of HR recruitment at recruitment consultancy, Robert Walters.