Job Title: Chief People Officer

Location: Based Middlesbrough but some flexible working

Salary: Between £100k and £120k depending on experience

About the Company:

The client is a new-to-market Challenger Bank, having just acquired their restricted banking licence. Based in Middlesbrough their focus will be providing real estate development finance (commercial and residential) to SMEs requiring funding of up-to £5m in any one scheme. There is a small but ever-expanding team who all share the vision to support developers in providing value for money finance and exceptional service and expertise. They pride themselves in creating a fantastic working environment and offer many benefits to their employees including offering flexible working arrangements.

Job Description:

As Chief People Officer you will lead the development and execution of all aspects of the people strategy,  including  recruitment and retention, implementation of an HRIS system and company culture.  The role holder will be heavily involved in setting the bank’s remuneration policy including bonus structure and additional benefits.

Skills and experience needed (essential or preferred):

  • Extensive experience of developing and delivering an amazing people culture in a new venture
  • Preferably experience of working in a Financial services environment
  • Significant Director level experience in HR

If you feel you have the prerequisite skills and experience, then we want to hear from you. Contact Tracy Fletcher on or ring her on 07852 150593.

Job Title: Head of HR

Location: North West

Salary: Up to £50k plus benefit

About the Company:

Our client is an award winning, highly admired, local mutual building society that is owned and trusted by its members. It’s a great place to work too with a strong sense of family – in a recent Best Companies survey, more than 8 out of 10 colleagues said they were proud to work for the Society, recommending it as a great place to work.

As part of it’s plans to grow and become stronger, they are investing in changes across the business including the launch of a digital platform for members, transforming the branch network and evolving processes to deliver efficiencies for staff and members alike.

They are a socially responsible employer with an unflinching focus on making a positive difference to the lives of members, employees and the local community.

If you’re a proven HR professional, with a real desire to deliver a fantastic service to our people in support of these aims, this could be just the opportunity for you.

Job Description: 

Reporting to the HR Director, you’ll lead the development and execution of all aspects of the Society’s people strategy. You’ll lead a small, highly capable team to deliver great experiences to staff throughout the employee life cycle starting with the recruitment journey and throughout their time. You’ll be a proven top-level communicator, equally comfortable to lead training sessions across the Society or to discuss aspects of the people strategy with the Executive Team. You’ll be an engaging leader of people with a proven ability to stimulate your own team and others. Continuously improving is at the heart of our client and you’ll be flexible and proactive while demanding high standards of yourself and others. Main responsibilities include:

  • Lead, manage and support the HR Team as line manager to 5 highly capable direct reports
  • Develop and own the recruitment and selection processes
  • Enhance the approach to internal development, helping staff to be even better in their current roles and to prepare for their next steps within the organisation.
  • Ensure staff health and wellbeing is at the forefront of all decisions
  • Manage all employee relation issues/cases
  • Oversee payroll activities
  • Provide advice and guidance to line managers across the wider organisation
  • Review and develop the Society’s approach to performance management
  • Proactively support the Society’s work on diversity and inclusion and refining the approach to hybrid working
Skills and experience needed (essential or preferred): 
  • CIPD qualified
  • Significant experience of working at HR Manager level
  • Line management experience

For more information or to send applications, please contact Melanie Phillips on 07538 919456 or via email on