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3 months ago
Dementia UK
Salary: £55,000-£60,000
Location: London City
Job type: Contract
Category: Charity HR Jobs

Dementia UK is looking to appoint an Interim Head of HR on a fixed one year contract to build and shape its people strategy as the charity continues on its growth trajectory. This is a 'hands on' role so you will be happy to get involved in all aspects of the day to day HR function. 

Working closely with the CEO and Executive Team you will create an implement an integrated people strategy which meets the needs of the organisation and is aligned with the charity's strategic plan. You will ensure the charity attracts, develops, rewards, and retains its people. 

You will have the ability to balance defining strategy and deliver pragmatic solutions developing processes that are relevant to the current and future needs of the organisation.

The successful applicant will be a strong HR generalist with demonstrable evidenced experience of leading and developing the HR function as the organisation embarks on a period of change as it continues to grow.

Job Summary


This newly created role is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to provide leadership, strategic and operational human resource management to drive Dementia UK’s current and future strategic plans forward. Working closely with the Executive Team the role will have responsibility for ensuring that all teams, managers and Directors contribute to the organisations development and human resources. The ideal candidate will be a strong HR generalist background and demonstrable experience providing high quality advice to leaders, managers and staff. You will be a dynamic team player, pragmatic with excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills.


As Head of HR you will be responsible for implementing the HR aspects of DUK’s organisational strategy, implementing the HR strategy for the recruitment, development and retention of staff and volunteers, ensuring that the organisation hires great people and delivers on its strategic aims and objectives. You will work collaboratively with the senior management team to develop and promote the Charity's organisational culture; taking the lead on developing and retaining talent within the organisation.


The successful candidate will be someone who is prepared to develop and drive through change and support the charity in responding to changing business needs both internally and externally to Dementia UK.


Key Responsibilities:


The post holder will:


Lead the provision of a comprehensive human resources service to Dementia UK to ensure that we are recruiting the best employees and volunteers and supporting them to deliver outstanding services

Manage our human resources in line with relevant service standards, key performance indicators and the human resources budget, ensuring robust plans are in place but also flexibility to cope with new needs, as they arise.

Advise the CEO and executive team on human resources matters and ensure all people managers in the organisation have the necessary skills and support to address complex employment issues e.g. in relation to sickness, performance and disciplinary and grievance processes.

Lead on ensuring that all human resources policies and processes are legally compliant are reviewed regularly and incorporate best practice.

Ensure timely and accurate workforce information is available as required for trustees, executive and senior management team

Oversee Dementia UK’s job evaluation process and undertake salary benchmarking exercises, providing advice to senior managers on any salary-related matters.

Implement a programme of organisational development, guiding the charity through a period of unprecedented growth in a structured and positive manner

Learning and Development


Ensure that human resources team provides the best possible learning and development opportunities for Dementia UK employees and volunteers and monitor compliance with core training (including data protection, health & safety, and safeguarding).

Implement and coordinate learning and development opportunities in support of the charities business strategy and tailored to meet the needs of teams and departments.

Culture and staff wellbeing


Oversee initiatives to promote the wellbeing of staff, including volunteers and monitor and support the wellbeing of staff in general.

Manage staff satisfaction surveys including analysis of results and work with SMT to develop action plans in response to the results.



Ensure compliance by Dementia UK with employment law and obligations in relation to staff, including volunteers.

Person Specification

The preferred candidate will have the following experience, abilities and aptitudes:


  • Qualified to degree level

  • Excellent written and communication skills, ability to work at different levels in organisations

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Excellent knowledge of UK Employment Law

  • Change or programme management experience

  • Solution and outcome focused

  • Experience in organisational development

  • Strategic, innovative and creative thinker

  • Excellent administrative, organisational and time management skills

  • Relationship management across teams within Dementia UK and external partner organisations

  • Influencing and networking skills

  • Conflict management skills

  • Upholds organisational values and behaviours as an effective leader

Personal Characteristics

  • Team player

  • Caring, compassionate and approachable

  • Self-directed in development

  • Inclusive but able to make decisions in timely manner

  • Responsive, flexible, able to plan and prioritise own workload

  • Results orientated, focused on outcomes and adding value to deliver strategic plan

  • Positive, can do attitude


  • Experience in health and social care organisations

  • Experience of working in a charitable organisation

  • Project management skills/training

  • Experience of working with people living with dementia

This job description is not exhaustive and serves only to highlight the main requirements of the post holder. The Director of Operations may request additional duties and other reasonable requirements. The job description will be reviewed annually in conjunction with the post holder and may be subject to change with consent of the post holder.

Please note that only applications including a CV and covering letter will be considered. 

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