Vacancy: Senior HR Manager (interim)

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (6-12 months initially)

Closing Date: Sunday 28th June 12pm

Shortlisting date: Monday 29th June

Interview Date: Wednesday 1st July

Salary: Up to £46,000

About Newport City Homes:

At Newport City Homes we are passionate about providing quality housing services for all our residents. We are a values led association which strives for excellence in everything we do. We listen, learn, improve, and most of all, deliver to our communities. With the conclusion of our 2020 vision, this will be a pivotal year to establish our new 2025 strategic vision; heavily focusing upon maximising our investment in homes & communities.

About the vacancy:

If you are passionate about people, looking to make a difference in the community and excited to join a fun and fresh HR team, this could be the opportunity for you. As a skilled HR professional, you’ll bring strength in building and embedding strong HR principles, and leading transformational change to Newport City Homes. Utilising your gained commercial awareness and understanding of the bigger picture issues, you will seek opportunities where you can add value to the association through implementation of strong HR practice both now and in the future.

To thrive in this role we are looking for an individual with solid, and adaptable leadership skills, showing resilience and tenacity with ethical integrity. We are a socially led organisation, and our residents are at the heart of what we do. Effective communication and interpersonal skills are vital, including the ability to comfortably lead and create robust and influential relationships with a broad range of diverse senior stakeholders including the CEO and Executive Office. This role requires someone that has, or can quickly build, a strong understanding of the service area strategy, performance goals and drivers, as well as the comparable sector in which it operates.

The SHRM will manage a team of three HR Business Partners, and this will also include business partnering the CEO and Exec office, experience operating at this level is essential to succeed.

The SHRM will work closely with HR Payroll & Administration Manager and the Talent & Learning Manager, as one of three direct reports into the Head of HR. Collaborative working is essential between all three roles, and sharing views and insight from their business areas is vital.

The SHRM will act as a deputy for the Head of HR as and when is required.

Reporting into the Head of Human Resources you will help develop and deliver the organisational HR strategy. Your key accountabilities will include:

Leading on strategic level and complex HRBP projects and activities. For example lead on business transformational projects on behalf of the Head of HR, TUPE, formal/informal staff consultations across the association etc
Leading on and acting as in-house counsel on all complex contentious employment matters i.e. Employment tribunals. Support and coach the HRBP’s and wider business as appropriate through this process to ensure legal cost are minimised
Ensure a consistent business partnering service is delivered at all times i.e. one best way approach, and professional HR standards remain high
Lead on Union relationship(s) as appropriate on behalf of the Head of HR and association
Involvement in managing or establishing commercial contracts and financial budgets
Established communication and influencing skills to engage with large groups, team members and senior stakeholders. This will include partnering the CEO and the Executive office
Building internal and external networks across the housing sector and beyond to enhance HR and operational outcomes
Broadening understanding of the drivers for change and the political environment across Welsh Government and how this impacts the association
Coaches/challenges business leaders to understand, assess and improve team capability and capacity and which factors impact on ability to deliver business outcomes. Can involve giving difficult feedback and include assessing impact of design on factors such as behaviour, attitudes, culture, systems and communication, feeding insights back to the wider HR team
Ensures business leaders understand and are engaged with talent identification and succession activities within own portfolio area, and that of the HRBP team.

(Please refer to the attached role profile for more information.)

For further information about the role, please contact Anna Griffin on


Newport City Homes strive to offer enhanced benefits to create a positive work life balance and work environment for our employees:

Enhanced Pension Scheme, we operate two pension schemes, one with Now and one with the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). LGPS is a defined benefit pension scheme with generous employer contribution values. You may be able to transfer in any other pension you have within your first year of service.
Enhanced Annual Leave, you would start on 25 days annual leave (+ Bank Holidays) which would increase to 30 days following 3 years’ service. As well as this, we operate a Flexible Working policy whereby you can accrue hours and take up to 1 day flexi leave per month. You can also buy and sell up to 5 days annual leave per year.
Agile Working Policy, (Dependent on role). NCH work with the philosophy that “work is something you do rather than somewhere you go.”
Health and Wellbeing, we have many health and wellbeing policies and initiatives such as Cycle to Work, Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption and Sick leave and a sabbatical leave policy.
Development, we offer many professional and personal development options such as paying for professional membership, sponsored study opportunities and career progression and development.

NCH strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.