HR Director

House of Commons


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Competitive remuneration and benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    18 July 2019

  • Client

    House of Commons

Ref: GSe55537

The House of Commons Service supports the House and its MPs in performing their parliamentary duties.  Our 2,800 staff are a remarkable group of people with an amazingly rich and varied range of skills and experience – ours is a truly ‘live’ environment, employing chefs and clockmakers, barristers and baristas, engineers and librarians.

The dedicated and talented Human Resources professionals supporting the House and its Members need to be flexible and responsive to the demands of an organisation undergoing a major transformation. Our aim is to become a modern, cost effective, forward-looking function, which is seen as a trusted partner and which supports a truly engaged workforce.  

You will work closely with our newly appointed Managing Director, Human Resources & Diversity to shape and deliver a best-in-class HR service. Leading a team of c65, you will be responsible for the ‘engine room’ of the function, including business partnering, advice & policy, and HR services. Your teams will advise both the House’s staff and Members’ offices, and you will also oversee the bicameral health & wellbeing service we deliver to both the Commons and the Lords. This is a demanding but rewarding role, and we are looking for an exceptional professional to assume a truly unique portfolio at a time of unprecedented change, both for the House and for UK politics as a whole.

An inspiring leader, you will drive a culture of customer focus and high performance, where a valued workforce is supported and developed to deliver exceptional service. Outstanding communication skills, powerful credentials in motivating teams, and proven success embedding change to cultures and behaviours are essential. You will combine a strategic mindset with first class operational leadership and bring a demonstrable track record in the delivery of sustainable performance improvement, introducing fresh-thinking, alternative perspective, and best practice. Equally important will be your ability to influence, advise, persuade and inspire at all levels.

Closing Date12 noon, Friday 19 July
Longlist Meetingw/c Monday 26 July
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySandersonw/c Monday 29 July
Shortlist Meetingw/c Monday 5 August
Additional assessment / informal conversationsFrom w/c Monday 5 August
Final Interviewsw/c Monday 19 August
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation via GatenbySanderson’s website by no later than 12 noon on Friday 19 July.

  • A CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two A4 pages) setting out how your knowledge, skills, experience and personal qualities meet the essential criteria as set out in the person specification above.
  • A completed Equality Opportunities Monitoring Form – this will appear onscreen when you submit your application. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way.

If applying under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS), please complete the form on GatenbySanderson’s website when you complete your application. Please see the Inclusion & Diversity section below for more information on the GIS.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours please email Julie Smith at

You can call Jemima Dalgliesh on 07393013066 or Matt Malone on 0113 205 6063 for an informal, confidential discussion.