West Somerset Railway

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Director: Human Resources



The Director Human Resources will be responsible to the PLC Board via the Chairman. He/she has the lead developmental and policy role on the Board for this activity. Working as one of the Directors within the new PLC structure and with professional responsibility for the HR and Development team, the individual concerned will take responsibility for supporting the Board, the General Manager and the management team in the development and operation of the human resources and training functions for the Company. The HR team will be accountable to the General Manager.

This is a voluntary role undertaken initially in a hybrid management role and then subsequently in a non-executive capacity within the new corporate structure being designed and implemented across the PLC and is in addition to the corporate board responsibilities of a PLC Director.

The HR Director must be a member of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Specific Responsibilities
  1. To lead the PLC policy work at Board level and with the management team on the development and sustainability of the human resource function across the PLC.
  2. To lead the Human Resource and Training Development team within the PLC.
  3. To ensure the development of appropriate HR and training policies and to secure their approval and implementation across the organization.
  4. To oversee and support the development of a workforce strategy for the PLC building on inputs from the management team and the Board. To undertake this work in the context of the PLC Corporate and Business Plan requirements including recruitment, retention and succession planning.
  5. To advise the Board and management team on all relevant aspects of employment law and its application and to make recommendations in relation to updating PLC policies and practice. To ensure provision of comprehensive employment advice and support across the PLC as necessary including engagement in staff relations issues and dispute resolution as required by PLC policies.
  6. To oversee the preparation and implementation of a comprehensive training and development plan with targeted programmes for all staff. To support the various management of change processes and programmes across the PLC.
  7. To ensure the development of effective external links with education establishments and the management and application of agreed apprenticeship schemes across the PLC including the necessary accreditation arrangements for recognised qualifications.
  8. To design, consult and implement on agreed objective setting and performance appraisal arrangements at all levels across the organization.
  9. To ensure that the HR team regularly updates managerial and supervisory staff on key aspects of HR activity and application.
  10. To be the policy lead for professional advice to the Board on regulation and compliance in relation to HR functions.
  11. To be responsible for meeting the HR objectives within the Corporate and Business Plans and to provide regular reports to the Board as required.

As a member of the Board, the Director Human Resources will be expected to fulfil the statutory duties of a PLC Director which include:

  1. To ensure that WSR PLC complies with its governing document, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  2. To ensure that WSR PLC pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  3. To ensure WSR PLC uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the company must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects or corporate plan, no matter how worthwhile those activities are.
  4. To contribute actively to the Board's role in giving firm strategic direction to WSR PLC, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets and objectives.
  5. To safeguard the good name and values of WSR PLC.
  6. To ensure the effective and efficient administration of WSR PLC
  7. To ensure the financial stability of WSR PLC.
  8. To protect and manage the property of the company and to ensure the proper investment of the company's funds.
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