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Director, People

Director, People

Job Title: Director, People
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Birmingham
Salary: Up to £80,000
Start Date: June
Contact Name: Anthony Lewis
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Job Published: 6 months ago
Job Expiry Date: 09 Mar 2020
Client: Ofwat

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Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join Ofwat as their new Director, People. Ofwat is a great organisation to work for and is recognised as a modern and agile Civil Service organisation. It is an organisation with a clear sense of purpose and the Director, People, is a vital role in helping the organisation deliver it's ambitious new strategy

About Ofwat

Ofwat (the Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and wastewater sector in England and Wales. Our role is to help it build trust and confidence with customers, the environment and wider society. Ofwat has an ambitious new strategy and as a regulator we are setting ourselves up to achieve and equal the ambition of this new strategy. It matters to us that things on the ground really change so that our impact on customers, the environment and the future of water is tangible and meaningful.

Our work is high-profile and fast-moving, within a dynamic and agile environment. The work that you’ll be involved in every day will be about helping us to deliver our strategy, helping to us to be the regulator we want to be and helping the sector to deliver outcomes that matter to customers and society. Our strategy sets out the role Ofwat will play. We will adapt, be confident, act with purpose and integrity and continuously improve so that we make the greatest contribution possible to improving life through water.

Our corporate cluster is at the heart of enabling Ofwat to deliver its exciting new strategy – to transform the water sector for customers, the environment and society.

Whether you work in People, Finance, IT/facilities or our change team – we work as one team to provide the innovation, service and thought leadership that is needed so that Ofwat runs well as an organisation now and transforms further to meet the demands and opportunities of the future.

About the Role

This is an exciting and demanding role in an organisation that has a clear, purposeful direction, an appetite for creativity in the People agenda from top to bottom and a desire to move at pace to achieve that. You will be strategic, but capable of being hands on in equal measure. We are a small organisation of c250 people with a big role and national impact which is requiring systems thinking and adaptive leadership. We have a People Hub of 12 FTE – this requires a senior leader who has the ability to work at breadth and depth in what is an environment as interesting and complex as bigger organisations.

Our Director of People is a trusted advisor to our Senior Leadership Team, a people advocate for all Ofwat people, a credible, collaborative leader. Working alongside a wider Corporate Enablers leadership team, you will ensure HR/OD contributes strategically to the development of corporate services within Ofwat to ensure they are customer focussed, enabling, effective, efficient and bold.

Our Director of People is the Head of Profession and working to our Senior Director Business Improvement will provide thought leadership in this space, empowered to work in partnership alongside Ofwat to achieve the new People Strategy and plan we will have finalised by the end of March 2020 so delivery will be key.

Our People strategy has been developed with our people to support and enable Ofwat to achieve its ambitious strategic goals for the water sector and to continue our journey to ensure that Ofwat is a Great Place to Be.

Access the candidate pack here.

For more information, please contact Anthony Lewis on 07747318128 or email


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