Senior HR Manager 18 views

Senior HR Manager

  • Full time
  • Base Salary £53,696

It’s an exciting time to be part of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS). Our vision is to make the West Midlands safer, stronger, and healthier.  Our highly trained staff aim to deliver the best fire, rescue and risk reduction services which have our communities at heart – helping them to stay safe and to thrive.

WMFS is a dynamic and innovative organisation committed to fostering leadership excellence and driving organisational success. We are dedicated to empowering our people to be the best version of themselves and seeking to improve the employee experience through inclusive and equitable workplace practices.

Reporting to the Head of People, the Senior HR Manager will play a key role in ensuring that HR activity aligns with, and enables the delivery of, business objectives.  You will lead and manage the operational delivery of the HR function within West Midlands Fire Service, overseeing various HR activities and providing advice and guidance to senior leaders within the service.

In particular, you will:

  • Develop and embed a proactive HR function, supporting the organisation to deliver its priorities and overall strategy
  • Ensure that all HR activity – including but not limited to Employee Relations cases – is accurate, timely, and compliant with current legislation
  • Understand and implement changes to practice so that WMFS remain legislatively compliant, ensuring that relevant training is developed to support employees and managers
  • Build and foster an environment for sound industrial relations, ensuring that relationships with trade unions are constructive
  • Foster an environment for continuous development – ensuring that trends are understood and that learning leads to positive changes within practice

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in a Senior HR role including a CIPD Level 7 qualification (or working towards)
  • A strong understanding of UK employment law and its practical application – evidenced by supporting complex Employee Relations Matters, up to and including liaison with ACAS and supporting Employment Tribunal processes
  • Excellent communication skills, together with the ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels and build credibility quickly.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable with an enthusiastic approach and a “can do” attitude.
  • Experience of working with trade unions
  • Ability to challenge standard processes and drive improvements.

In return we are offering:

  • A competitive salary starting at £53,696 per annum
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Annual leave entitlement of 28 days plus bank holidays.
  • Access to a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Access to Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Programme
  • On-site – free – gym
  • On site free parking
  • Access to Blue light and Sports & Welfare Discounts

To express your interest in this exciting opportunity you should submit your curriculum vitae alongside a detailed personal statement, outlining your skills and experience in relation to the role as detailed in the job summary.

Closing date for applications Friday 31st May 2024. Interviews for this role are likely to take place w/c 17th June 2024.

We welcome applications from all eligible candidates, however as women and Black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees are currently underrepresented in our management roles, we particularly encourage applications from these groups.

West Midlands Fire Service is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all of our staff to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks including relevant level DBS, qualifications (where applicable), medical clearance, identity and right to work.  All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references. 

For further information about West Midlands Fire Service please visit our website at  If you would like to discuss the role in more detail then please contact Kelly Harding, Head of People, at

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