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Service Lead - Human Resources
  • Employer: West Berkshire Council
  • Reference: V4179
  • Published: Mon 22/02/2021, 9:00 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 10/03/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Up to £71,925 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berkshire

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Service Lead - Human Resources

If you’re looking for your next challenge and exciting career opportunity in Human Resources, look no further than West Berkshire Council. We are seeking a strong, experienced leader to join our team as a HR Service Lead.

Following a restructure in the Strategy & Governance Department, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for an ambitious and committed individual to take on a new and challenging role, leading the HR and Payroll teams for the Council.

About The Job

As a Service Lead, you will need to be a proven leader and a champion of innovation, creativity and trust. You will play an essential role in ensuring that the Human Resource and Payroll Team succeeds in delivering against all relevant strategic priorities and in respect of core business functions, for the benefit of Members, colleagues and for the communities that we serve across West Berkshire. 

Reporting to the Service Director for Strategy and Governance, the post holder will take a leading role in all strategic and operational workforce matters across the Council.   

The Service Lead will be a critical member of the senior management team in Strategy and Governance, and will play a vital role in helping to ensure the overall success of the Department.

Although this role is full time, we may be able to consider offering less hours than advertised providing they meet the requirements of the role and service which will be determined by the recruiting manager.

About You

Having significant and successful HR expertise and experience at a senior management level is essential to delivering this role, particularly with sound knowledge and understanding of the workings of local government.

You must be educated to degree level with chartered membership of the CIPD and a management qualification or a willingness to work towards one. Experience of managing significant and successful organisational change is essential as well as financial and budgetary management.

It is vital that you are an effective and motivational leader with the ability to facilitate change and drive continuous improvement through project management and performance review.

About us

Joining West Berkshire Council, you’ll be part of a supportive team with a strong set of values. We work with integrity and openness; with everything we do centred on the people in our community.

We care and invest a lot in our staff, aiming to grow you as an individual so you can stay with us for a long time. Access to leadership and management courses are just some of the possibilities for your continued development.

We also offer a fantastic range of benefits including 29 days annual leave rising to 34 days after 5 years continuous service, flexible remote working and enrolment in the Local Government Pension Scheme. 

While the initial on-boarding will entail coming into the council offices in Newbury, this role is highly flexible with the opportunity for regular remote working.

Application process

If you would like an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Sarah Clarke (Service Director – Strategy & Governance) on 01635 519596 or email

To be considered for this role, please complete an online application form.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 17th March.