Our client, a global leader in nuclear technology are looking for an energetic Head of Human Resources to support the expansion of the UK team. The Head of Human Resource will be a key contributor to the development of a skilled and qualified workforce as part of the company strategy and will have the dedication to act towards enhancing the company footprint in the UK.


Role description

The UK Human Resources Manager will report to the Managing Director and to Head of HR international network, and will work functionally in close relation with the various stakeholders interacting with the company (Corporate HR departments in France, Head of HR of other group companies in the UK).

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

These will include:

  • Human Resources management
  • Establish and develop a Shared Service Centre in UK providing HR support to Permanent Establishments and Projects in the UK.
  • Oversee recruitment
    • Oversee the UK HR function (application of policies, Handbook) and support management team on all HR and associated matters
    • Oversee HR Development
    • Oversee HR Compensation & Benefits
  • Payroll
    • Manage payroll for all local employees including tax
    • Set up and manage dedicated modified payroll
    • Manage absence processes (sick leave, holiday, parental leave)
    • Manage benefits for local employees i.e. pension, permanent health insurance, life assurance, medical insurance, child benefit
  • Compensation & Benefits
    • Manage salary review for local employees in line with country budget
    • Manage bonus review for local employees
  • Recruitment
    • Contribute to international mobilities to the UK including liaising on authorisation, grading, pricing, producing local contract
    • Manage the process for local hires including grading, pricing, local contracts
  • Human Resources Development
    • Delivery of Personal Appraisals and Developments meetings
    • Manage People Review and Succession Planning
  • Training
    • Induction of new starters
    • Management of training process
  • HR Performance
    • Reporting on UK headcount (local and expats)
    • Manage exits from Company in line with UK law
  • Bid and project support
    • Compliance Management: STBV
    • Manage sponsorship license application and renewal process
    • Compliance: work permits for non-EU
    • Expat support: embedding, induction to UK

Essential skills

Experience will include:

  • Bachelor’s degree is minimum in business administration, human resources management, industrial relations, or even a law degree is desirable.
  • CIPD level 7 qualified with evidence of continuous professional development.
  • Successful previous experience in managing team/office
  • Proven ability to work autonomously
  • Demonstrated leadership and strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience of building a team and of line management of other HR professionals.

General and technical background expected:

  • Computer literate: Standard Microsoft Office suite
  • Proficiency in English, French is a plus
  • Results orientated
  • Communication skills – verbal and written
  • Presentation skills
  • Restless curiosity
  • Use of social media i.e. LinkedIn, Twitter

The UK Human Resources manager:

  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, is able to communicate both internally and externally
  • Displays cultural sensitivity and the ability to communicate effectively across various geographies
  • Has a proven ability to work effectively within a local and remote team
  • Has administrative and technical mix in order to propose relevant development actions for the company
  • Hand’s on woks autonomously
James Ball