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Contract Type:Fixed
Salary or training bursary: £40,000 - £45,000 per annum
12 Months
Company:The Old Vic
Open to all
Apply by:22/09/2020 - 23:00
Start date:December 2020

Head of HR

Do you have demonstrable experience at HR Manager level and great collaborative skills? Well then look no further than this role... 

The Old Vic is London's independent not-for-profit theatre, a world leader in creativity and entertainment. Today, Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is building on 201 years of creative adventure, with The Old Vic recently being hailed as 'London's most eclectic and frequently electrifying theatre'. 

The Old Vic are looking for a new Head of HR (maternity cover). You will be key to ensuring that the day to day HR operations run smoothly, with the assistance of the HR Officer and that all aspects of the employee lifecycle are well planned and documented. The role will be required on a part-time 4 day a week basis until 31st January 2021 and may be extended depending on the timing of the reopening of the theatre. 


People Processes

  • Create and maintain HR roadmap based on key calendar events and business needs, ensuring that initiatives are implemented successfully
  • Manage and review the organisational induction process and oversee the HR Officer in carrying it out for all new joiners
  • Take the lead in employee relations matters ensuring compliance with legislation, our policies, union guidelines and best practice and managing risks to the business
  • Oversee roll-out of annual Staff Survey and identify work with the Director of Business and Executive Director to respond to any specific improvements based on trends and feedback 
  • Take the lead on the annual appraisal process, including creating timelines, providing training and advice on the process and ensuring that data is captured in a reliable format 
  • Provide business partnering with Steering Group members and wider staff group, coaching, advising and supporting, on all aspects of the employee lifecycle (including family leave, flexible working requests, etc) and with a view to promoting best practice 

Learning & Development

  • Oversee roll-out of Training Needs Analysis (TNA) following the appraisal process and, working with SMT, implement a learning & development plan based on the annual training budget
  • Oversee the HR Officer on all training logistics and administration
  • Manage training opportunities and partnerships with corporate and arts industry partners, to build a learning culture across the organisation


  • Acting as the main point of contact for HR-related matters
  • Lead on Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives to build a safe and supportive working environment
  • Ensure that People and HR communications are shared in a transparent and regular manner, including at regular All Staff meetings

Other Duties

  • Prepare the monthly payroll for processing by the Head of payroll
  • Be responsible for the sensitive management of Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Provide advice and oversee the smooth administration of all staff benefit schemes by the HR Officer 
  • Work with the Director of Business on maintaining headcount budgeting, forecast and actuals process and reporting 
  • With the General Counsel, ensure consistent governance across all policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation and GDPR, alongside other Governance responsibilities
  • Work with senior staff on their recruitment needs and oversee the HR Officer in the efficient planning and delivery of the end to end recruitment processes for all roles
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties, commensurate with the level of the post so as to ensure the smooth running of The Old Vic

Knowledge, skills, experience


  • CIPD Level 5 Qualified or relevant qualification in an HR-related subject
  • Demonstrable experience at HR Business Partner / HR Manager level, including line management experience, managing operations, payroll and working with senior staff
  • Knowledgeable about all aspects of employment law and best people practice in the UK
  • Strong working knowledge and demonstrable experience staff in employee relations matters including change and restructuring, managing these with minimal risk and where possible, positive outcomes
  • Demonstrable experience of designing delivering projects
  • Able to manage financial and employee data to support managers with reporting and resource planning
  • Demonstrable experience of building strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders


  • An understanding of the arts/or not for profit sector including the challenges which they encounter
  • Experience within an arts organisation
  • Previous experience in working with collective agreements including SOLT BECTU Union
  • Experience delivering training
  • Experience in embedding Diversity and Inclusion principles into people practices and processes
  • Mental Health First Aider

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

This opportunity is open to all candidates

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