Head of HR in London at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 6/22/2018

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Job Description

We are recruiting for a diverse Head of HR to be responsible for over 200 staff across 10 businesses within 7 different offices within the M25 region. You will be supporting the Regional Managing Partners and Group on strategy as well as overseeing the operational side including and assistant.

Due to growth within the largest and most progressive region of Haines Watts we are looking for highly skilled entrepreneurial individuals to join to the team to assist us in achieving our strategic goal of being the number one advisor to owner managed businesses.

We are a top 15 accountancy firm specialising within the owner managed business area across the UK. A well-established firm since the 1930's with an entrepreneurial and dynamic feel who are continuing to grow nationally as well as regionally.

In return the Head of HR role is offering a competitive salary with huge career progression within the firm and great benefits package. This role will included regional travel to each office on a regular basis.

The Head of HR duties will be:

  • Implementing strategy for HR management and development (including discipline, grievance, counselling, pay and conditions, contracts, training and development, succession planning and performance appraisals)
  • Overseeing the operational HR needs across the region
  • Working closely with Regional Management team and Group with HR strategy
  • Maintaining awareness and knowledge of contemporary HR development theory and methods and provide suitable interpretation to partners, managers and staff within the organisation
  • Contributing to the evaluation and development of HR strategy and performance in cooperation with the executive team
  • Ensuring mechanisms and opportunities exist for staff development and coaching
  • Providing an efficient HR service to the Partnerships, ensuring legal compliance and encouraging best practice
  • Dealing with staffing issues at a strategic and Regional level
  • Contributing to the provision of an excellent service to a diverse range of partners, providing support to staff and partners
  • Liaising with Staff Partners to deal with more local office issues to ensure consistency throughout the Firm
  • Advising Partners and Managers on best practice regarding people management issues i.e. welfare, development and discipline
  • Managing and controlling departmental expenditure within agreed budgets
  • Managing HR assistant
  • Liaising with other functional/departmental managers so as to understand all necessary aspects and needs of HR development
  • Monitoring, measuring and reporting on HR issues, opportunities and development plans and achievements within agreed formats and timescales
  • Ensuring that the firms remain legally compliant regarding changes in employment law
  • Ensuring mergers and acquisitions are conducted in a legally compliant and procedurally efficient way, minimising the impact to partners and staff
  • Ensuring staff are properly developed and coached at all levels
  • Supporting people managers with absence concerns. Arranging occupational health reports where appropriate
  • Advising the Firm on the market rates for salaries throughout the firm and the corresponding benefits and managing the pay review across the region
  • Administering and co-ordinating the Annual Appraisal and Mid Year Reviews


  • Previous experience of managing HR within a Medium sized organisation
  • Preferably have worked within a professional services environment
  • Experience of managing multiple businesses, locations and stakeholders and advantage


  • CIPD qualified with 5 years PQE

If you are keen to secure a progressive Head of HR role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm offering a great career progression, please apply today to find out more.

We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the Haines Watts Recruitment team, Haines Watts reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment any agency fee.