Global Head of Human Resources

England, United Kingdom


Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd is looking for an outstanding Global Head of HR to act as a strategic partner with the Senior Leadership Team.

The business strategy focuses on sustainable growth and is dependent upon a long-term, coherent and compelling People strategy. The Global Head of HR will be committed to delivering strategic & operational components within this plan.

With a strong business-oriented mindset, your key focus will be to provide HR leadership while supporting People decisions across all business areas within the UK & Internationally.

Our biggest asset is our people. You will be responsible for fostering a culture that motivates and empowers employees and managers to maximise productivity and therefore improve the group’s profit margin and revenue growth. With our culture and people front of mind, you will provide processes and systems to ensure a consistent approach that maximises the value which each employee brings to the organisation.

This encompasses working in a wide variety of areas such as Performance and Talent Management, Compensation and Benefits, Organisational Changes, Mergers & Acquisitions, Employee Relations, HR Administration, Recruiting, Reporting and providing support to all business areas.

This is a senior appointment and critical for the organisations’ continued success. As such, the calibre of applicant is expected to be high. It will be essential that you can bring not just the technical skills in Human Resource Management but also the personal gravitas to transition Focusrite from a period of fast to stable growth. Working in a non-hierarchical structure you will have the ability to work autonomously and bring collaborative leadership to the team.

As a member of our Leadership team, you will have an excellent opportunity to work closely with your colleagues. We expect you to take responsibility for:

Driving HR to enable Focusrite to meet growth and profitability targets. A key requirement of the role will therefore involve regular international travel, particularly to our offices in California, Hong Kong and Germany.

About you
You are passionate about HR and you have a global and collaborative mindset, enabling you to develop and implement effective HR strategies.

You are a self-starter who is comfortable working both in an individual and a team environment. Extensive experience of working closely with senior leadership teams and driving effective performance

Understands and able to influence HR strategy development, ability to question and challenge the status quo

Confident providing advice to senior managers on complex Employment Relations issues
You are a value creator with strong strategic and people leadership capabilities, as well as strong business acumen.

You have a proven track record as a successful HR professional, leading organisational development and deploying HR systems and services.

You are an inspiring leader, with solid execution powers and are able to document the successful implementation of HR strategies.

You have a strong international and cultural awareness and can consistently lead by example while acting with integrity, impartiality and independence and applying sound personal judgment in all interactions.

Experience: 7+ years' of senior HR Management experience

Skills Required:

Organisational skills – personal efficiency, time management skills and the ability to prioritise competing demands are key

Communication skills –expected to lead the HR function, managing diverse personalities and viewpoints. Consequently, emotional intelligence, the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others is vital

Commercial acumen – to be involved in strategic decision-making within the business as an influencer. Being able to understand company finances, resourcing and the ultimate aims of the business is important

Role modelling – is expected to demonstrate and lead on the values, initiatives and culture of the organisation

Professional expertise – a strong working knowledge of employment law issues, best practice processes for disciplinaries, redundancies, dispute resolutions, TUPE and payroll is required, as well as experience of employee relations

Coaching and mentoring – whether senior executives, junior colleagues or middle management, you will be proficient in developing skills

Trust – as a member of the senior management team, you will become a trusted confidante on talent issues, unafraid of giving your opinions and expertise

Dual Workplace: Based between our Focusrite Head office in High Wycombe & our London Office. Regular travel will be required to our international offices particularly in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Germany.

About us

We’ll be honest – Focusrite is a pretty great place to work. Incorporating both the Focusrite and Novation brands, we make music easy to make, from bedroom DJs to the greatest show on earth. Everyone who works here has an enormous passion for music: as it says on our website, sound is everything. We take that very seriously – though we have a lot of fun doing it.

As the number one selling audio interface brand worldwide, Focusrite has an illustrious, prestigious, and, let’s face it, cool history. Alongside Novation, the hardware and software that we develop plays an instrumental (see what we did there?) role in shaping the sound of modern music. From amateur to pro, our goal is to help musicians to make their music the very best it can be.

Music has always been an exciting thing to be involved with, and that’s not about to change. We embrace its evolution, and that means being open to new ideas. Our whole business is structured to let everyone contribute and be heard at all levels, and we make sure it’s a fun place to work.

Benefits include company pension, employee share scheme, life insurance, private healthcare, and employee purchase scheme, (Plus, you get free breakfast and lunch in the canteen. No really.). Company hack-days, making things easy days, lunch and learns, external visits, and free use of a local recording studio and rehearsal space – we’re all about innovation, fresh thinking and great, great products.

We work hard. We are professional. We select really, really talented people. And we absolutely love our work. So if you think you can bring something new to the mix, we’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.

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