Senior HR Manager – 12 – 18 Month Contract

Senior HR Manager


£45 – £55k

Grafton HR is delighted to be exclusively assisting our client, a large NI organisation with the recruitment of a Senior HR Manager on a 12 – 18 month fixed term contract.

The Role

Working as a key strategic HR resource, the role will be responsible for ensuring that all HR developments are aimed at providing the business with pro-active and timely best practice HR services, in order to support the delivery of operational business strategy.

You will work with the HR Leadership team to formulate and drive the HR strategy, utilising best fit governance frameworks while ensuring that customer requirements are met at all times.



  • Develop in partnership with the Head of HR and other stakeholders a HR strategy and its ongoing review and implementation;
  • Understand the HR / people impacts of business unit strategy and develop / implement HR initiatives in order to meet these requirements
  • Understand and identify the people related impacts in relation to changing strategic context that the business operates in – in conjunction with the senior HR team develop and implement appropriate strategic HR interventions
  • Support the Head of HR in the development of an appropriate Workforce Development Strategy aligned to the attainment of the Strategic Business Plan

Organisational Design & Change

  • Support the HR Leadership team and wider business managers implement the change management programme to bring about effective organisational change

HR Solutions / Initiatives

  • Sets high standards of HR excellence and develops appropriate key performance indicators to monitor HR performance on a regular basis
  • Agrees and implements creative / innovative HR solutions to business issues / problems
  • Ensures that tailored HR solutions / expertise is delivered to obtain maximum business impact
  • Oversee the HR Advisory Team and HR Managers to identify solutions and action plans to address people related challenges associated with the delivery of business unit strategy

HR Service Delivery

  • Implement the highest standards of HR Service delivery in relation to Recruitment, Discipline and Grievances, performance management, absence management, and reporting.
  • Extend the HR advisory model to provide best practice support to line managers in all people management matters affecting them
  • Support the development of HR KPI’s to monitor and drive performance improvement in service delivery

Workforce Plan

  • Continue the development of a workforce plan aligned with business needs and known future requirements
  • Undertake regular reporting and identify trends for future recruitment to include apprentices and graduates
  • Review workforce plan and assess business transformation implications to understand and manage future recruitment balanced against redeployments, exits and other manpower planning techniques
  • Ensures the resolution of all HR resource issues, working with resourcing specialists both internal and external

Team / People Management

  • Provides leadership to reporting functions
  • Coaches staff in HR disciplines where appropriate
  • Shares experiences and expertise with reporting teams
  • Regularly undertakes reviews with the HR team and the business
  • Provides leadership to project teams, working on specific HR solutions

The Person

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent;
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)
  • Three years experience in a senior management role in an organisation with more than 500 employees. To include experience of:
  • Providing HR solutions and advice at Senior Management level
  • Experience of contributing to the development and implementation of HR strategies within a unionised environment.
  • Supporting large scale organisational change across the business
  • Experience of leading and managing staff including the ability to build a strong professional HR team and ethos
  • Experience of HR policy development and implementation
  • In-depth knowledge and interpretation of employment law
  • Have good commercial acumen with proven ability to think strategically and develop depth of understanding of the business

Desirable Criteria

  • Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Experience of large-scale organisational change

Full current driving licence and a private vehicle available for official business or access to a form of transport which will enable the role holder to meet the requirements of the post

The Package

£45 – £55k + benefits

To apply, please contact Richard McFarland at Grafton HR for immediate consideration and shortlisting on 07773197121 or via email on