Chief People Officer

Home Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 24th April 2024



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£97,000 - £140,000
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

SCS Pay Band 2

Contract type


Business area

HO - Capabilities and Resources Group

Type of role

Human Resources
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share

Number of jobs available



Any major Home Office HR Hubs including London, Croydon, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool with regular travel to 2 Marsham Street, London.

Job summary

The Home Office is one of the original great Departments of State. As such it is constantly evolving to ensure that it keeps pace with the changes in the communities it serves and that the people who work for the Home Office reflect the make-up of those communities, while having the up-to-date skills required to contribute effectively† progressing policy objectives. The role of the Home Office is fundamentally important: to keep Britainís streets safe and its borders secure. Each and every member of Home Office staff plays a part in making that happen. With a budget of £14.7bn, the Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs and crime policy, counter-extremism and counterterrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive, and accountable policing in the UK. These issues are at the heart of the Governmentís agenda.

Job description

As the Chief People Officer and Head of Profession, the successful candidate will lead the Home Office HR Function on all aspects of HR, including business partnering, expert†services and delivery functions such as resourcing. As a member of†both the Departmentís Executive Committee and the Government People Group HR Executive Team, the Chief People Officer will partner closely with Permanent Secretaries and Directors General to enable the delivery of key organisational and Civil Service wide priorities, enabled by a strong, employee-centric HR function. The Chief People Officer is expected to manage a budget of c. £50m, provide strategic direction and role model inclusive leadership for c. 450 people, including 13 Senior Civil Servants

Person specification

You will bring a track record of leading a multi-disciplinary, corporate services HR function within a large, complex, diversified organisation with a proven ability to build high performing teams. Adept at managing senior stakeholder relationships, you will evidence strong influencing skills with both the confidence and the credibility to challenge at executive level. With a relentless focus on continuous improvement, you will be capable of driving the people aspects of technology-orientated, organisational transformation and you will be a credible operator across key HR subject matter, including organisation design, industrial and employee relations. You will demonstrate strong analytical skills as well as the flexibility and personal resilience to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances in an environment of regular scrutiny by the media, the public and others.

For more details on the Essential criteria, please refer to the Candidate pack attached at the bottom of the page.

Alongside your salary of £97,000, Home Office contributes £26,190 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Selection process details

If you are motivated by the opportunity to grip the challenges of delivering functions of national importance and social impact, we would like to hear from you.

For more information or for an informal discussion about the roles contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson;

Applications must be received by 23.55h on Wednesday 24th April 2024 by using the following link: †

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
This role has a minimum assignment duration of 3 years. An assignment duration is the period of time a Senior Civil Servant is expected to remain in the same post to enable them to deliver on the agreed key business outcomes. The assignment duration also supports your career through building your depth of expertise.

As part of accepting this role you will be agreeing to the expected assignment duration set out above. This will not result in a contractual change to your terms and conditions. Please note this is an expectation only, it is not something which is written into your terms and conditions or indeed which the employing organisation or you are bound by. It will depend on your personal circumstances at a particular time and business needs, for example, would not preclude any absence like family friendly leave. It is nonetheless an important expectation, which is why we ask you to confirm you agree to the assignment duration set out above.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

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People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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Working for the Civil Service

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : GatenbySanderson
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