- The post will make a real and significant contribution towards the shaping and delivery of our new Organisational Development Strategy to enable the achievement of corporate and strategic objectives. This will be achieved through leading work on a change programme ensuring that organisational values and culture are reflected in themes such as recruitment, training and development, employee engagement and wellbeing, workstyles, leadership styles, induction etc.
- The post will play a fundamental role in our Modern Workplace Programme which aims to maximise the benefits from adoption of new technology to enhance productivity, collaboration, innovation and employee wellbeing. The postholder will lead key strands of the programme to embed and promote flexible working, strengthen recruitment and retention as well as improving digital skills.
- The post will lead on ensuring good employee relations across the Council, building upon our strong trade union partnerships. The postholder will ensure strong employee engagement and promote a healthy workplace.
- The post will provide assurance to the Council all on health and safety matters to ensure it meets its requirements under relevant legislation and provides a safe working environment for its employees.
- To lead and manage the HR and OD service providing flexible, enabling and solution focussed services that provides advice and support to a range of stakeholders across the Council.
- Work closely and proactively with Elected Members, senior officers, Trades Unions, partners and local communities, to support the shaping and implementation of the Council's overall goals, set out in its updated corporate strategy and related plans.
- Work with Elected Members and senior officers to develop, implement and review an organisational development strategy which promotes flexible working, maximises engagement and the potential of elected members and the workforce underpinned by a shared set of values, behaviours and culture.
- Effectively manage all training and development budgets to maximise staff recruitment and retention, workforce and succession planning to ensure that employees and elected members have the capability to meet current and future skill requirements.
- Develop effective performance management, coaching and quality assurance arrangements to stimulate improvements to service delivery and improved outcomes ensuring a “golden thread” from strategic objectives through to individual goals.
- Champion the values of equality, diversity and inclusion and embed in the conduct and behaviours of staff and elected members as well as Council policies and strategies.
- Lead on an effective and inclusive workforce planning strategy anticipating future requirements to ensure organisational objectives are achieved.
- Develop performance and quality management systems that deliver excellence and innovation but also motivate and develop staff.
- Develop appropriate systems and processes to programme manage and monitor all human resources initiatives across the Council and its partners and enable managers and employees to work effectively and self-sufficiently.
- Lead and participate actively in a range of corporate and transformation projects.
- Ensure that the human resources strategies, plans and programmes being delivered reflect the needs, requirements and aspirations of our communities and a wide range of stakeholders.
- Nurture productive internal and external partnerships ensuring good employee relations are maintained between the Council and its partners.
- Provide support to the Council’s leadership and Elected Members, assisting them to manage the Council’s reputation internally and externally.
- Engage with other senior managers to provide senior leadership across all areas of the Council and with partner agencies.
- Represent the Council on appropriate matters, as requested by the Director at meetings with other local authorities, external bodies or other organisations.
- Ensure the HR and OD Service maintains a highly motivated and skilled team that keeps pace with current and future practice in the related fields and bring its knowledge to support a wide and diverse range of customers.
- Lead the Health and Safety Team to ensure the Council meets its legislative obligations in relation to health and safety and monitors suitably risk assessed working arrangements.
- Lead the Occupational Health Facility to support a healthy workforce and promotes strategies to improve employee wellbeing.
- Develop excellent partnership working arrangements to deliver the human resource priorities of South Tyneside and ensure that the full range of resources are deployed to best effect.
In addition to the above responsibilities and tasks, you may be required to undertake additional or other duties and responsibilities in order meet the needs of the Council, as determined by the Director.
All employees have a responsibility to undertake training and development as required. They also have a responsibility to assist, where appropriate and necessary, with the training and development of fellow employees.
All employees have a responsibility of care for their own and others’ health and safety.
The standard working week is 37 hours. The nature of the role is such that you will regularly need to work outside normal working hours, including attendance at evening meetings.