As a HR Director, you will oversee all departments and the issues that arise from staffing, staff training and health and safety. By creating and developing HR procedure, you and your team will communicate this procedure to all other members of staff from members of the board down the most junior of staff members. An intense working knowledge of how the company you work for runs and its commercial objectives is incredibly important.
As well as driving forward HR strategy, you will also be expected to oversee all elements of the HR department, therefore your understanding of employment law, health and safety legislation, disciplinary procedures, redundancy, maternity leave and rights as well as salary forecasts must be second-to-none. Being ahead of the curve and analysing changes in circumstances is imperative.
As a member of the board, you must show leadership, incentivise others and offer support for members of staff in your team. Offering expertise in the HR role as well as visions for the company moving forward, you must tread a line between forward-thinking vision and day-to-day management.
The HR Director's role is two-fold: as well as actively running the HR department in an operational way, you will also be expected to show a talent for creating HR strategy for the business. Your role will be challenging, rewarding and diverse. You will need to be able to deal with difficult and sensitive situations and help to improve the communication between management and employees sometimes mediating disputes between them.
A thorough knowledge of UK employment legislation is an absolute must and you must communicate any changes relevant to the company to the board, as well as ensuring the company is compliant with employment law at all times. A desire to improve the career development of all members of staff is also necessary, and you will achieve this by planning and directing employee training at all levels.