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Job Introduction
The BBC's Chief HR Officer reports to the Director General and is a member of the Executive Committee, with accountability for all aspects of HR, Employee Relations, Internal Communications, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Over the last five years, Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth has delivered a significant change agenda for both the BBC and its HR function, enabling the BBC to operate effectively in an environment of unprecedented change, leading and delivering outstanding public service broadcasting whilst also delivering fantastic value to the licence fee payer. Following the recent announcement that Valerie is stepping down towards the end of 2019, the BBC is looking to appoint her successor.

The incoming CHRO will work closely with the Director-General and members of the BBC's Board and Executive Committee, playing a key role in delivering the BBC strategy through leading the people agenda for the organisation focusing on:
  • Optimising the organisation design for efficiency and effectiveness
  • Attracting, developing, retaining and deploying the best skills and talent
  • Creating an open, inclusive and transparent culture which celebrates achievements and has great leaders
  • Providing HR services that efficiently and effectively support the whole BBC

They will lead the HR function through embedded Divisional HR Directors and Specialist/Functional HR leaders covering Employee Relations, Reward, HR Operations, HRIS, Leadership & Development, Academy, Internal Communications and Workforce Diversity & Inclusion.

Role Responsibility
  • Lead and deliver the BBC's plan to make the Corporation a ‘great place to work'
  • Implement internal communications and wellbeing strategies which support staff across the organisation
  • Lead Workforce Diversity & Inclusion and deliver the BBC's workforce diversity strategy
  • Ensure world class leadership development is provided across the Corporation, encouraging a culture of devolved and empowered leadership
  • Drive a performance culture with clarity of expectation and accountability throughout the BBC
  • Build a robust and effective relationship with unions as critical stakeholders
  • Play a significant role in the drive to deliver greater efficiency, continued cost reduction and improved productivity
  • Ensure that HR policies and processes are fully communicated, understood and complied with
  • Drive a clear and innovative plan for engagement with colleagues at all levels
  • Promote greater innovation through creative organisation design and attracting and promoting diverse talent
  • Contribute to long-term goals around business and people development, including succession planning and senior leader talent acquisition
  • Embed workforce planning 

The Chief HR Officer will be based in London with frequent travel to Birmingham (the home of BBC HR) and BBC hubs including Salford, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff.

Are you the right candidate?
The individual will have a proven track record of operating as part of the leadership team in an organisation of significant scale.  Their career will be characterised by clear patterns of success and achievement. They will have the intellect and maturity to understand the wider strategic and HR implications required by the organisation. The successful individual must be passionate about their role and driven to deliver results.

Essential criteria
  • Experience of leading a large-scale HR function and budget across a complex organisation
  • A strong track record of managing relationships with key stakeholders such as a PLC board
  • Demonstrable experience of leading the people agenda in unionised environments
  • Proven credentials of driving cultural and behavioural change in a multi-national organisation with diverse cultures
  • A track record of driving improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and productivity
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a high profile organisation with the intellect, political sensitivity, personal robustness and influencing skills to operate in this environment.

Key Characteristics  
  • Organisational skills - personal efficiency, time management and the ability to prioritise competing demands
  • Communication skills - lead the HR team, managing diverse personalities and viewpoints. Consequently, emotional intelligence, the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others is vital
  • Commercial acumen -strategic decision-making within the business as an influencer. Being able to understand company finances, resourcing and the ultimate aims of the business is critical
  • Role modelling - as a senior member of the executive team, the CHRO is expected to demonstrate and lead on the values, initiatives and culture of the organisation
  • Professional expertise - a strong working knowledge of industrial relations and employee relations
  • Trust - as a member of the executive team, the CHRO will interface with the Director-General, CFO and divisional leadership on a regular basis. They will become a trusted confidante on talent issues, unafraid of providing opinions and expertise

The BBC has engaged an executive search partner to lead this appointment. If you are interested in applying, please apply via their website: www.odgers.com/72378


About the BBC
We don't focus simply on what we do - we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you've read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC - whether that's to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click  here


Job Sector
Human Resources
Job Position
HR Officer
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