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Interim HR directors and CPOs

Proven-performing interim & permanent CPOs & HR directors 

The role of HR is ever evolving, during times of crisis, the expertise and skill of the senior HR professional is illuminated further given the critical importance of HR support the business and its employees through uncertainty and change.

Enabled by technology, human resource functions have also now moved far beyond their traditional, transactional remit. With the right leadership in place, HR teams are making a major strategic contribution to successful businesses and public sector organisations.

Specialists in senior HR recruitment 

HR directors employed on a perm or interim basis can bring a huge influence to bear, especially in times of upheaval or disruption. People issues hinder the success of restructures, mergers and acquisitions. They also hold back transformation and rapid growth. The experience of an interim HR director can smooth the transition for a workforce and foster the cultural change that employers desire.

We have placed HR directors and managers with some of the world’s leading organisations. These tech-savvy professionals combine vision, commercial acumen and a demonstrable ability to mobilise people behind change.

Adding value through interim HR directors

Get the best from your people

Our interim HR directors are skilled in delivering major people initiatives and helping shape workforces to meet the challenges ahead. Interim HR professionals at board level have the heavyweight experience to give HR the voice it needs at the top table.

Crucially they understand how to set strategies that will guide the overlapping activities under the HR remit: employee engagement, wellbeing, diversity, upskilling, recruitment, workforce planning and many more. Ultimately, we place interim HR directors to help you get the best from people, whatever the context or goal.

Rapid deployment when you need it

An interim HR director or other senior HR professionals will be in place fast. Bringing outside perspectives and knowledge, they can draw on proven experience to guide employees through change and make a transformation smooth and successful. Their ability to operate at c-suite level ensures that HR can make the maximum positive impact at crucial moments for businesses or public sector organisations.

Employing interim HR directors to drive positive change

Organisational change creates a high demand for a knowledgeable leadership figure to oversee the development and ensure measurable results are delivered swiftly. Interim HR directors have quickly become a vital asset in a sizeable range of HR tasks, from small scale realignment to transformational organisational change.

Interim HR directors play a significant role within organisational change, offering a wealth of experience and a highly developed skillset, to support an array of complex directorial business activities, at short notice, including:

  • Disposals
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Design & restructuring
  • Talent management
  • Digital transformation
  • Workforce future proofing
  • Brexit-related workforce planning

Interim HR directors as transformation specialists

HR Interims have long supported leaders in delivering transformation goals. Now, there is a heightened need for interim HR directors who are highly skilled in business transformation themselves. HR business functions have become more projects focused. Therefore, the demand on interim HR leaders is increasing. They need the extensive knowledge required for managing numerous scenarios, whilst also providing a quick turnaround on results.

Interim HR directors are hired to effectively exact change within an organisation - delivering these results through quickly rolling out processes, efficiently investigating and correcting discrepancies and overall creating a more sustainable and manageable business.

Overall, interim HR directors can be deployed immediately to provide impartial advice and resolve internal issues to; increase productivity, realign organisations collective goals and provide quick wins.

Executive search & selection – HR directors

Our extensive candidate network means we're well placed to find high-calibre senior HR candidates when you're looking to recruit a permanent executive. Our executive search service delivers retained executive-level assignments both internationally and domestically, centring on the recruitment of CEOs, MDs, c-suite appointments and general managers along with other senior leadership professionals.

Our high-quality, holistic service combines the capability of our highly experienced executive recruitment consultants with in-depth psychometric/personality assessments delivered by qualified occupational psychologists. Our search and selection methodology will ensure a cultural fit and alignment to values and organisational purpose, which is particularly important at a senior level.

Who we help

FTSE250 & global corporations

The people challenges are immense for complex businesses, operating at scale and across borders. When speed is of the essence a highly experienced interim HR director can step in – be that as a safe pair of hands to see you through turbulent times, or as the driver of significant strategic change that transforms workforces or whole organisations.

Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies

When businesses are scaling up or seeking efficiencies, people are central to success. An interim HR director can enable the structural, cultural and behavioural change needed to achieve rapid growth and faster value creation. HR interims also prove their worth in managing the myriad challenges of mergers and acquisitions.

Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses

In the excitement of the start-up phase, HR process and strategy rarely get the attention they deserve. As the business matures, it can suddenly find itself with some very sticky people problems, especially in regulated sectors like fintech. An interim HR director can put the right foundation in place at the start, from policies and procedures to organisational culture to recruitment & retention.

Public sector, 3rd sector & housing

The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less – with Brexit a complicating factor in the health and care sectors especially. Restructures, transformation and outsourcing all call for the proven HR experience that an interim HR director can deliver, including an understanding of unionised workforces and the opportunities for new ways of working and delivering frontline services.

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Explore our industry sector expertise

Together, our consultants, specialists, interims and candidates bring a depth of industry expertise gained through first-hand experience in every major sector of the UK economy.

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