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Job Description Head of HR Edinburgh/London At abrdn We empower our clients to plan, save and invest for their futures. Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create...

Job Description

Head of HR

Edinburgh/London

At abrdn We empower our clients to plan, save and invest for their futures.

Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create more ways for money to make an impact. We set our sights on giving them more confidence to achieve their goals, and more clarity about what they need next. And we focus on delivering outcomes that are more than just financial – by investing sustainably to build a better world.

About the department

abrdn’s Human Resources function is globally led by Tracey Hahn, our Chief People Officer (CPO) and has a vision that positions our Culture and Talent as a market differentiator. The HR function has a lead role to play in making our brand meaningful for colleagues. This encompasses creating the right culture, development opportunities, remuneration principles and organisational structures to attract, reward, retain, develop and successfully deploy a high-calibre, impactful, diverse and inclusive workforce.

About the role

Reporting to the HR Director, Investment Vector  the Head of HR is responsible for the building and leading a strategic and transformative HR agenda across their aligned business area. They role will work closely with all Heads of HR and the HR Director to ensure collaboration and coordination across all areas. They will be a trusted adviser to their aligned ELT member(s) and all members of their respective LT.

  • Creating strategic partnerships with ELT clients, establishing a licence to operate

  • Operating as part of the Business Executive and role model as senior HR contributor

  • Sponsor projects on behalf of CPO and represent abrdn externally where appropriate

  • Strategy & Planning: Working as an integral part of the vector/function Leadership Team(s) to lead the design and implementation of Strategy, aligning to abrdn strategic objectives

  • Strategic Capability Planning with CoEs: Implementing appropriate strategic capability planning (e.g. talent and resourcing strategies) to deliver the right people in the right place at the right time with the right skills. Ensure the breadth of the CoEs capabilities is leveraged

  • Change Management: Working with senior business leaders to proactively plan, advise and support the implementation of change, Driving improved business performance

  • Leadership: Forming strong and influential relationships between self, leaders and HR Function colleagues in order to deliver strategic value to abrdn.

  • Developing HR Function Capability: Coaching the business and HR Function community in the development of competence and professionalism within business areas and ensuring the business are clear on the outputs  required from HR related activities

  • Enabling self-service and optimisation of HR Operating Model

  • Employee Engagement: Collaborating with the CoEs and the business to drive employee engagement initiatives and plans for retaining and winning top talent

 Skills and Experience

  • Strong relationship skills and ability to build rapport with stakeholders

  • Awareness of what, and how, the wider business strategy can be supported by the HR Function

  • Thought Leadership

  • Strong stakeholder management with senior business leaders and ability to influence change

  • Extensive experience as a  HR Leader, ideally in a matrixed global environment

  • Experienced coach, mentoring business stakeholders, BP and broader HR colleagues Demonstrated success in delivering results under tight deadlines

  • Global Acumen with sensitivity to diverse cultures and personality types

  • Track Record in driving changes through influencing and communication

  • Positive and driven mindset

  • Programme Management and execution driven

Our Benefits

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary, performance based bonus, private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.

Our Inclusive Culture

We are committed to exploring the possibilities of working smarter. This means we’d like to hear from you, whatever way you like to work.

We have a long-term commitment to building inclusive workplaces; we value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone. If you need assistance or a reasonable adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist. You can find out more about our inclusive culture here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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