HR leaders

Proven interim & permanent HR leaders to solve your biggest challenges

People issues hinder the success of restructures, mergers and acquisitions. They also hold back transformation and growth. It’s why excellent HR leaders are in such high demand across all sectors right now. With the right leadership in place, HR teams can lead the way in supporting the business and its employees through uncertainty and change, foster the culture that employers desire and make a major strategic contribution to successful organisations.

It’s why there’s a real urgency for firms to find exceptional HR executives with the right expertise and experience that can deliver their goals.

That’s what we’re experts in.

Whether it’s permanent chief people officers or interim HR directors, our team works with some of the largest global firms, specialist consultancies, public sector organisations and PE-backed ventures to find the right HR leaders fast. We find proven HR professionals that combine vision, commercial acumen and an ability to rally people behind change. People that can make a difference from day one. And we find them fast.

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We use our deep function knowledge, unrivalled networks and dedicated research team to leave no stone unturned to find the right leaders for you. And when something different is needed, our industry teams work together to introduce perspective from outside the sector giving you fresh, diverse thinking and options.

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Interim management - Add value through interim HR directors

Get the best from your people
Our interim HR directors are skilled in delivering major people initiatives and helping shape workforces to meet the challenges ahead. Interim HR professionals at board level have the heavyweight experience to give HR the voice it needs at the top table.

Crucially they understand how to set strategies that will guide the overlapping activities under the HR remit: employee engagement, wellbeing, diversity, upskilling, recruitment and workforce planning. Ultimately, we place interim HR directors to help you get the best from people, whatever the context or goal.

Rapid response when you need it
An interim HR director or other senior HR professionals will be in place fast and make a difference from day one. Bringing outside perspectives and knowledge, they can draw on proven experience to guide employees through change and make a transformation smooth and successful. Their ability to operate at c-suite level ensures that HR can make the maximum positive impact at crucial moments.

Drive positive change and transformation
Organisational change creates a high demand for a knowledgeable leadership figure to oversee the transition and make sure results are delivered quickly. Interim HR directors play a significant role within organisational change, offering a wealth of experience and a highly developed skillset to deliver complex and critical business activities, at short notice, including:

  • Disposals
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Organisational design & restructuring
  • Talent management
  • Digital transformation
  • Workforce planning & future proofing

Executive search – Find HR leaders to power your business

We know you don’t want any HR leader. You want the right HR leader. Our goal is to help you find HR leaders that have what it takes to drive your company’s success.

That’s where our expertise comes in We start by determining what goals the leader needs to deliver. We dig deep and challenge what a good leader would look like. And what a great leader would look like. And what your employer value proposition is for someone in that role.

Once we know what is needed, we make sure we leave no stone unturned to find the right people for you. We can tap into our dedicated research team who have a range of business intelligence and research tools at their fingertips. And our industry teams with deep sector knowledge and unrivalled networks work together to identify diverse options of who will deliver these goals.

Our team of leadership assessment experts can use a tailored selection of tools, techniques and behavioural science to predict future performance in the role and see how aligned potential leaders are to your culture. This process gives you the precise insights you need to pick the perfect person to power your performance.

It’s a stringent, comprehensive approach. And one that has proven to work again and again.

Who we work with

FTSE 250 & global corporations
The people challenges are immense for complex businesses, operating at scale and across borders. When speed is of the essence a highly experienced interim HR director can step in – be that as a safe pair of hands to see you through turbulent times, or as the driver of significant strategic change that transforms workforces or whole organisations.

Medium-sized enterprises / private equity portfolio companies
When businesses are scaling up or seeking efficiencies, people are central to success. An interim HR director can deliver the structural, cultural, and behavioural change needed to achieve rapid growth and value creation. HR interims also prove their worth in managing the myriad challenges of mergers and acquisitions.

Start-ups / venture capital-backed businesses
In the excitement of the start-up phase, HR process and strategy rarely get the attention they deserve. As the business matures, it can suddenly find itself with some very sticky people problems, especially in regulated sectors like fintech. An interim HR director can put the right foundation in place at the start looking at policies and procedures, organisational culture, and recruitment & retention.

Public sector and not-for-profit bodies
The public sector faces the long-term challenge of doing more with less. Restructures, transformation and outsourcing all call for the proven HR experience that an interim HR director can deliver, including an understanding of unionised workforces and the opportunities for new ways of working and delivering frontline services.

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