Head of People & Culture for Change Mental Health

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £40,333.00 Salary (Band: 7.2)

Contract: 35 Hours per week / Full-Time / Permanent

Directorate: Operations

Reports To: Director of Operations

Closing Date: Wednesday 31st May at 12 noon

Interview Date: Wednesday 7th June

Interview Location: Great Michael House, 5 Links Place, Leith, EH6 7EZ.

Change Mental Health is a leading national mental health charity providing unique support to people with severe and enduring mental ill health. With over 50 years’ experience across Scotland, we believe people affected by poor mental health and illness deserve the highest quality of support in the community and that every person has the right to be valued and to share in the opportunities, challenges, and joys of everyday life.

The Head of People and Culture believes in the power of people to be a force for good and that within every individual there is a role to play to ensure no one has to face mental illness alone. The Head of People and Talent is both a strategic player in a high growth and high impact organisation, whilst simultaneously taking a practice operational role to enact and support change on the ground.

The Head of People and Culture will oversee all HR activities within the Charity, including supporting the onboarding and offboarding of staff, policy and compliance, and training, along with supporting specialist HR projects. They will develop our People and Culture strategy supporting ‘home grown’ managers and will set the tone for the Culture of the organisation along with the National Management and Senior Leadership Teams.

This role is a leadership role and feeds directly into the national strategic direction of the Charity through being a member of the National Management team. The role reports to the Director of Operations and supports line managers across the organisation. This is an exciting, high-impact, diverse, and rewarding role which complements both vision setting and hands-on delivery as being the joint vehicle for positive change.

This is an exciting, high-impact, diverse, and rewarding role which complements both vision setting and hands-on delivery as being the joint vehicle for positive change.

Essential Criteria:
Excellent knowledge of UK employment regulation and HR practices.
Experience of advising, coaching, and challenging senior staff when needed.
Significant practical experience in delivering human resources functions /activities.
An excellent understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and proven experience of implementing successful EDI strategies and plans.
Proactive in spotting issues and offering solutions.
Good organisation, time keeping, and project management skills with demonstrable experience of combining effective operational delivery and strategic work.
Effective in setting out and delivering against plans; and reporting against objectives.
First rate communication skills; able to relate to and work alongside colleagues at all levels in the organisation, with the ability to explain technical issues to non-HR colleagues, reinforce difficult messaging when needed, and to coach and support managers.
Good written English with proven ability to write policies, complex correspondence and business reports.
Kind, transparent, and principled leadership, with the ability to build the trust of managers and staff.
Committed to the values of Change Mental Health.

Desirable Criteria:
Demonstrable understanding and empathy towards mental health problems
Track record of managing geographically dispersed teams
Experience of leading change management
Achieved, or working towards an Advance Diploma in Human Resources and Learning and Development (CIPD Level 7 or equivalent qualification)


Please contact Alan Surgeon [email protected] or Donna McKay [email protected] to arrange a confidential discussion about this role. Suitable candidates will then be invited to apply with a CV and Cover Letter by clicking the Send Application button below.