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Human Resources

Why the HR function is important for companies going through change

Processes and systems are integral elements of any transformation project. But is there a company that exists that when it goes through change it doesn’t involve people?

In today’s environment managing people related change has become a greater part of the business transformation journey, and many companies' HR function is driven by the recognition of its significant impact on sustained competitive advantage. Therefore, the function is now less about traditional HR expertise and more about communicating and supporting people in an organisation that is going through change.

The role of a modern HR function is to partner with their organisation, making sure it is fit for purpose, ensuring their people strategy totally aligns to their business strategy.

People are still at the heart of every organisation and everything from the creation to the delivery of the company strategy relies on those people. It remains very important to make sure your people are developed, incentivised, motivated, and ultimately engaged.

What type of HR talent do you need?

Individuals need to be experienced at managing change and have the ability to partner with the business to drive the culture that is set by the leadership team.

They need to be strategic and know how to translate a business strategy into a people plan that is commercially aligned, pushing the business in the right direction.

Our specialist HR team hires across industry sectors and supports our clients through hiring for the following:

Hiring for your HR function:

  • Group and Divisional HR Directors
  • HR Business Partners
  • HR Operations and Shared Services
  • Performance and Reward
  • Employee and Industrial Relations
  • Organisation Development, Design and Effectiveness
  • Talent, Leadership Development and Learning
  • Talent Attraction and Resourcing
  • Internal Communications

Leading and running HR transformation programmes:

  • HR Programme Director
  • HR Technology Vendor and SI Selection
  • Operating and Service Delivery Model Design
  • Organisation Design
  • Functional Process Design
  • Change and Communications
  • Shared Services/Outsourcing
  • HR PMO

Supporting people work-streams of wider business transformation programmes:

  • Organisation Design
  • Post-merger Integration
  • Terms and Conditions Review
  • Cultural Integration
  • Employee Relations and Union Negotiation
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Gordon Whyte

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Emma-Claire Kavanagh BIE Executives

Emma-Claire Kavanagh

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Janet Musgrave BIE Executive

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Anna Bailey BIE Executive Human Resources

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Byron Tarboton

Head of Research

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Jane Bayley

Business Support Manager

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