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Head of People

Sheffield City Council

Together we get things done – one team, delivering for Sheffield

Sheffield, an extraordinary city with a rich history and a promising future, stands as the fourth largest in England and is teeming with life, vibrancy, and exceptional talent. With a population of over 600,000, its residents are renowned for their warm and hospitable nature, fostering a strong sense of community. Sheffield is adorned with remarkable environmental, cultural, sporting, and heritage treasures, taking immense pride in its distinction as the greenest city in the UK, while being the only one to encompass a national park within its limits.

Sheffield City Council, like other councils has challenges, but we are determined to tackle them head-on. With a fresh and innovative approach, we have created a new 4-year council plan which is a significant milestone in the development of our organisation. It sets out a clear and positive statement of what we want to achieve for Sheffield over the coming four years and sets the high-level policy direction for the whole organisation which will then be delivered through our key strategies, service plans and the huge contributions that our staff make to the city every day. By actively involving the city's leaders and residents, we have ensured that the plan caters to the diverse needs and aspirations of our communities and businesses, fostering a true sense of partnership and inclusivity.

The People team are integral to driving the success of our Council Plan, development initiatives, and the Future Sheffield transformation programme. By providing an exceptional operational and delivery framework, we play a vital role in helping the Council be the best it can be. To ensure continued success, we are now seeking a highly capable Head of People to join our team.

About the role
This is an incredible chance to become part of our vibrant team and play a pivotal role in influencing the future path of the service. You will have a key leadership position, collaborating closely with the Director of People and Organisational Culture and deputising on their behalf when needed.  You will oversee all strategic HR support functions such as people advice, business partnerships, consultancy, and policy development.

Working collaboratively with other Heads of Service and your team you will support the organisation to implement the best people practices, supporting line managers to be the best they can, nurturing an environment where colleagues can thrive and be able to bring their best self to work.

You will work closely in partnership with the wider corporate leadership team, elected members and trade unions and you will shape, design and implement fit-for-purpose people and wider organisation strategy to deliver the council plan.

About You
We are seeking a highly skilled, trustworthy, tenacious and seasoned Head of People who can promptly build rapport and collaborate with the Executive team, Senior Council officers, Members, and other important internal and external partners to achieve its objectives and support in the delivery of achieving Sheffield’s council plan.
We are looking for an individual who has a proven track record, experience in collaborating with cross functional teams at a senior level and more importantly has the energy and enthusiasm to revolutionise our processes and dive in and assist the team in reaching its full potential.
Joining Sheffield now is an exhilarating prospect as we embark on a new journey towards a brighter future. Together, we can create something remarkable, and we eagerly invite you to be a part of this exciting adventure. Our journey has just begun, come and be a part of it! If you would like to have a confidential conversation, please call Clare Connor on 0161 408 0703 or Chantelle Wooldridge on 07557 018320.

You can download a copy of the job description by clicking here.
Closing date: Friday, 26th July at 09:00am

To apply:
To apply, please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV (four sides of A4 maximum), along with a supporting statement (four sides of A4 maximum) detailing your experience, and achievements and addressing the key criteria for the role set out on this site and using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements. Documents should be uploaded via our website, please include and upload the below information in two documents only. If you experience any issues whilst applying, please contact

Applications should include:

  • Full contact details;
  • Names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees (we will ask your permission before contacting referees);
  • Notification of any dates when you are not available for an interview.

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Sheffield City Council



£76,570 - £82,017

REF: 1534675

Expires: 26/07/24 09:00

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