Closing Date : 12 June 2021
Design Council’s mission is to make life better through design. We work with people to create better places, better products and better processes, all of which lead to better performance.
We commission research, developing programmes and influence policy to demonstrates the power of design. We bring together non-designers and designers – from grassroots to government – and share with them our design expertise to transform the way they work.
We believe in using design as a force for change, to tackle major challenges and improve economic, social and environmental outcomes. As an independent charity incorporated under a Royal Charter, we work for the public benefit.
We are ambitious, agile and not afraid to take risks.
How does this role fit in with the bigger picture?
Design Council is a team of 40 people. A small team, and a massive remit. We achieve our huge impact by working collaboratively on major design projects across the UK funded by our clients including the Government, major public bodies, local authorities and sometimes directly with business and community groups. Our delivery team of colleagues is comprised of place, infrastructure, social innovation and business innovation professionals who are supported by policy, impact, marketing, communications and corporate services professionals (including HR).
We can’t deliver all our work without the support of others. With our projects we have Design Council Experts, an external team of Ambassadors, Specialists, Associates and Corporate Partners who provide additional capacity for us and enable us to develop our strategy and meet our objectives. Equally, we have companies that provide us with policy, marketing, communications and corporate support. For HR we have companies that provide employment advice and guidance to all our people managers, and a different company that provides a counselling service for all colleagues.
This new role at Design Council is to initially develop our HR systems, embedding workflows within our newly acquired platform (PeopleHR). However, that is only the start. The real purpose of this role is to support our people managers to become exceptionally good people managers. We aim to reduce and ease their administration, develop their skills and ensure we are maximising everyone’s talents in order to achieve our collective goals.
What does the HR Manager do?
Build, maintain and develop our HR platform so that it provides efficient and effective workflows which are used by all colleagues.
Manage the relationship with our HR platform provider, undertaking systems training and cascading useful skills and knowledge across Design Council which enables colleagues to become better people managers.HR Services Manager
Policy & Employment Law: Ensure the Handbook is accurate and reviewed/updated annually, with input/oversight from our HR advice provider. Manage the relationship with our HR advice service, ensuring they provide good value for money and consistent advice to colleagues who effectively and appropriately access this service. Provide initial advice to colleagues where needed. Draft developments to HR policies and procedures for the Director.
Recruitment and onboarding: Following sign off by the Executive Team, post recruitment adverts, support the campaign by managing the recruit@ email and ensuring that all procedures adhered to so there is a successful onboarding for new colleagues.
HR Records: Ensure all colleague records are accurate, there are no ‘data gaps’ and that the workflows are being effectively used by colleagues. Be responsible for some restricted areas of data. Produce quarterly reports for the Director on key HR metrics. Supports colleagues set up and produce HR data reports for their teams.
Developing Colleagues: As part of the annual People Day, ensure all DPPs (appraisal) are submitted by the end of April and draft a Learning and Development Plan for the Director. Support people managers devise development plans for their teams. Book and co-ordinate all training, development and learning for colleagues.
Pay, Reward and Recognition (Benefits): Support finance colleagues with the monthly payroll. Support the Director, and the Executive team, with the annual People Day which reviews and sets objectives, performance, salary and benefits for colleagues.
People Management: Provide initial advice on any Performance Management which needs to be undertaken by a people manager, supported by our HR advice service where required, and ensure compliance with Design Council HR policy and procedure.
Health and Wellbeing: Manage the relationship with our Counselling service provider, ensuring colleagues are aware of this service and the support available via any mental health initiatives. Work collaboratively with the operations team on health and safety matters, DSE assessments and mandatory Health and Safety training. Manage the relationship with our Occupational Health provider.
Exiting: Lead on the leaver process, ensuring HR and payroll admin is completed to the payroll deadline. Offer and conduct exit interviews for colleagues that are departing. Collate information confidentially and advise on any issues to the Executive Team.
Manager at Design Council
Manage the HR budget, and comply with financial regulations and procedures
Adhere to and champion our quality standards
Work with colleagues to support the development of improved policies and procedures
Support internal initiatives and external projects where required
Undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time.
Ensure you comply with the Design Council operational policies and procedures including but not limited to financial regulations, risk management, GDPR, project management and evaluation, information security, brand guidelines, health and safety and confidentiality.
Skills and Qualifications
CIPD Qualified or proven relevant professional experience
Excellent systems administration (PeopleHR desirable, but not essential)
Ability to build strong relationships with colleagues, managers and with our suppliers.
Proven HR experience in either an HR service environment or in a stand-alone role
Keen interest in people development and wellbeing
Ability to communicate clearly and confidently at all levels including senior management – both verbally and in writing.
Systematic with good organisational skills
Collaborative, willing to work with others to achieve results
Attention to detail, able to be accurate with sensitive information
People focused, putting people at the heart of everything we do
Self-motivated, with initiative and comfortable working autonomously in a stand-alone role.
Interest in Design and the design sector or working in a similar environment
Good understanding of GDPR/employment law and it’s application
Basic knowledge of Health and Safety.
Equality Diversity and Inclusion
Design Council is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Appointments are made on merit.
Does this sound like you?