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Head of People Partnering - Corporate Functions

Hatfield, UK

Ocado Group is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.  

We are currently in search of a seasoned HR professional to fill the pivotal position of Head of People Partnering. This role demands a sophisticated understanding of corporate dynamics within the tech sector, coupled with extensive experience in shaping and executing strategic HR initiatives.

In this role you will act as a commercial trusted advisor to senior leaders across People, Finance and Group Counsel, providing strategic HR guidance whilst developing and executing people strategies that support the business goals and objectives. that fuel growth. 

Reporting to the People Director, you will be accountable for effective org design that supports growth and innovation, and for change management that drives successful outcomes. You will naturally utilise people data and analytics to make informed decisions.

If you have a strong HR Generalist background, with proven experience in senior people leadership roles, in a technology business, creating and activating successful people strategies, please read on and apply.

In this role you will;

Leadership and Strategy:

    • Develop and execute people plans that align with the overall business objectives and support organisational growth.
    • Drive continuous improvement in people processes, policies, and programs to enhance organisational effectiveness and employee experience.

Business Partnering:

    • Act as a commercial trusted advisor and partner to senior leaders and department heads, providing strategic HR guidance and support.
    • Coach and mentor senior leadership
    • Collaborate with departmental leaders to identify and address talent needs, succession planning, and organisational development opportunities.

Employee Engagement and Development:

    • Champion initiatives to enhance employee engagement, retention, and satisfaction.
    • Lead efforts to develop and implement talent development programs, career pathways, and succession plans.
    • Oversee performance management processes, including goal setting, feedback mechanisms, and performance evaluations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I):

    • Drive DEI initiatives to foster an inclusive and equitable workplace culture.
    • Partner with leadership to embed DEI principles into all HR practices, policies, and programs.
    • Work with the business to set DE&I targets
  • Org Design & Change Management:
    • Working closely with the business to ensure an effective organisational design, you can help create a structure that supports the company's growth, fosters collaboration and innovation, and enables employees to perform at their best
    • Successfully deliver using practised change management practices

HR Analytics and Reporting:

    • Utilise HR data and analytics to drive data-driven decision-making and insights

About you;

  • Proven experience in HR leadership roles, preferably in a technology business.
  • Experience of supporting corporate functions such as People, Finance and General Counsel.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and executing strategic people plans
  • Strong strategic thinking and business acumen.
  • A passion for driving positive change and fostering a supportive work environment.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven track record of building and maintaining effective business partnerships.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and drive change initiatives.
  • Understands and has a proven track record on how to navigate complex organisations 
  • Able to pre-empt, recognise, cut through and solve complex problems at pace - both internally and externally.
  • Confident communicator with the ability to adapt to all audiences at all levels within the organisation.

What we offer you

Our employee benefits are designed for you, we care about people and we’ve ensured we have a wealth of benefits that focus on your well-being. We regularly review our benefits to ensure we are supporting our employees appropriately.

  • 30 days ‘working from anywhere in the world’ policy 
  • Wellbeing support through dedicated apps and an Employee Assistance Programme 
  • 25 days annual leave, rising to 27 days after 5 years service (plus optional holiday purchase)
  • Pension scheme (various options available including employer contribution matching up to 7%)
  • Generous Private Medical Insurance (within the first month of joining!)
  • Income Protection (can be up to 50% of salary for 3 years) and Life Assurance (3 x annual salary) 
  • 22 weeks paid maternity leave and 6 weeks paid paternity leave (once relevant service requirements complete) 
  • Train Ticket loan (interest-free)
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Hatfield Train Station to the Hatfield offices 
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Welwyn Garden City Train Station to the Welwyn Garden City offices
  • Opportunity to participate in Sharesave and Buy as You Earn share schemes
  • 15% discount on and free delivery for all employees (within the first month of joining!)

About Ocado Group

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business.   As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the Everyday Pioneers to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Changing the way the world shops, for good.

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