HR Director

House of Lords

London with potential for flexible working

  • Location

    London with potential for flexible working

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £95,000, plus pension and benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    08 February 2021

  • Client

    House of Lords

Ref: GSe69530

The House of Lords Administration’s 600 talented and committed staff provide the administrative and logistical support for the House of Lords to perform its vital role as the second chamber of Parliament. As a member of the Management Board, the Human Resources Director will have  a central role in shaping the strategy of the Administration, developing our people, and changing our culture. Responsible for both day-to-day and strategic human resources leadership and advice, the successful individual will drive transformational change and continuous improvement both within and beyond the Human Resources Office. From the implementation of new digital operating models, to ongoing work to improve our culture and diversity, to shaping our ways of working following the COVID-19 pandemic, there has, arguably, never been a more interesting time to join our unique organisation.

The Human Resources Director will contribute as a member of the Management Board towards the delivery of the aims and objectives of the Administration, developing, implementing, and monitoring our People Strategy.  Leading a team of 26, and managing a budget of £2.3m, they will build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally, and lead the  Human Resources Office in the provision of an excellent HR service, and work collaboratively with House of Commons and Parliamentary Digital Service colleagues on programmes requiring strategic HR input.

Our ideal candidate is an outstanding, collaborative, and inclusive leader, who will be compelling, comfortable, and credible working with Boards, Committees, and a wide range of senior stakeholders, both within and outside the House. Your communication skills are impeccable, your political antennae sophisticated, and your capacity to both influence and challenge in a complex space exceptional. You will apply these qualities and more to deliver a high-quality human resources service to the Administration, combining strategic overview with first class operational experience and focus on developing HR systems, processes and practices, and the metrics required to support those strategic goals. You will bring proven operational experience leading and managing human resources in a complex organisation; extensive knowledge of employment law, HR best practice, and complex employee relations issues; and a track record of realising positive outcomes via inclusion and diversity programmes. Equally important will be your ability to influence, advise and inspire at all levels.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
12 noon, Friday 22 January 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 1 February 2021

Preliminary Interviews
From w/c Monday 1 February 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 22 February 2021

Final Panel
w/c Monday 8 March 2021

How to apply

To apply for this post please submit the following:

  • A CV setting out your full career history (no longer than two A4 pages), with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A statement of suitability (no longer than two A4 pages) setting out how your knowledge, skills, experience meet the essential and desirable criteria as set out in the person specification.
  • A completed Diversity 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 and upload this with your application. Please see the Inclusion & Diversity section below for more information on the GIS.

In line with the House of Lords’ commitment to inclusion and diversity the panel will receive ‘blind’ applications and reports. This means that any detail revealing the gender, ethnicity or age of candidates will be redacted. To support this, we would appreciate it if candidates drafted their applications in the first and not the third person, and if candidates avoided inclusion of the following items: photographs; date of birth; name of educational institution if single sex school or college attended.


  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx
  2. Human Resources Office Structure Chart.pdf


Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298