Head of People Services / HR / Grade L / Force Headquarters : Force Headquarters

Posted on 30th Nov 2019

Head of People Services / HR / Grade L / Force Headquarters : Force Headquarters

Head of People Services

Grade L (£71,301 - £78,585)


Force Headquarters



Closing Date: Monday 6th January 2020


Merseyside Police is a modern force with traditional values and serves a population of 1.5 million people.  Our Force covers a geographical area of 647 square kilometres and currently employs over 6,000 people in a variety of roles. We are committed to putting our communities first, preventing crime, protecting people and pursuing offenders.

We are seeking a Head of People Services to lead our People Services functions.  This is a rare and exciting opportunity for an HR professional to serve as a key member of the senior leadership team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for providing strategic direction, development and execution of organisational effectiveness and talent management programs to achieve organisational results.


Key Responsibilities


  • Ensure effective relationships across the People Services portfolio working in partnership with key stakeholders to lead and co-ordinate the delivery of the People Services Strategy and other key objectives.
  • Managing a partnership approach to HR delivery for central and local support ensuring that operational delivery is maintained through effective people management.
  • Assist the Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) People Services in providing strategic direction to the Force on all aspects of people management, including co-ordinating the Force’s approach to strategic development, conditions of service at a regional and national policing level and in the wider People Services environment so that the aims and objectives determined by the Chief Constable are met.
  • Lead on the promotion of effective and productive employee relations at both strategic and corporate levels.
  • Position the Force to deal effectively with existing and future employment legislation.
  • To develop an ethos of continuous improvement within People Services.
  • Deputise for the ACC People Services as and when required.
  • Be accountable for all Force Health and Safety issues in order to fulfil statutory obligations.


Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive knowledge and experience at a strategic level in HR.
  • Possess chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) or degree level equivalent qualification.
  • Ability to adapt to change, challenge the status quo and develop innovative approaches to improve service provision.
  • Self-motivated and have the ability to work under pressure, prioritising differing demands from Chief Officers, customers and stakeholders, ensuring a comprehensive and consistent approach to the provision of an effective HR service.
  • Ability to determine clear courses of action, both within own remit and across the function where required.
  • Proven leadership skills in motivating, challenging, directing and supporting staff.
  • Ability to negotiate complex and sensitive issues on behalf of the Chief Constable with Staff Associations and Trade Unions.
  •  Ability to complete complex but succinct reports and give presentations to Chief Officers, Chief Officer Group/Senior Management Teams, Police and Crime Commissioner and other strategic and policy making forums. 

What We Offer


In addition to a competitive salary and a friendly working environment, we also offer:

  • 32 days holiday including bank holidays (pro rata)
  • Pension scheme with employer contributions
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • City-centre location
  • On-site parking


Please base your evidence on the knowledge and experience on the attached Job Description Questionnaire utilising the competencies contained within the Competency Value Framework (Level 3)

Equality Act 2010

Any candidate who has a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is required to inform us, in order to ensure that ‘reasonable adjustments’ can be made.  Our policy, at the stage of interview, is that we will ask all candidates whether we need to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.  Under the Equality Act, a disabled person is someone with a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

Positive Action

Merseyside Police are proud to use Positive Action to redress the balance of under representation our team will offer advice, guidance and support throughout the recruitment process to candidates from under-represented groups.  For more information please refer to our Positive Action page https://www.merseyside.police.uk/police-forces/merseyside-police/areas/careers/join-us/positive-action-recruitment-team/

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