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Deputy Head of Culture and Engagement

Job Description


VANRATH are delighted to be working in partnership with our client, a well-known Public Sector organisation, in their recruitment of a Deputy Head of Culture and Engagement to join their team on a fixed-term basis, initially for 6 months. This role offers an excellent opportunity to join an already well-established team and make a real difference to the organisation in relation to L&D and Engagement.


The key focus of this role, will be to work alongside the CEO and Head of People and Culture in developing an organisational wide Engagement Plan.

Engagement and Development is a key business area within the organisation's People and Culture Branch, this area delivers internal training interventions, sets annual corporate training events and provides administrative support for all aspects of learning and development. This team leads on performance management across the organisation and delivers the Health, Well-being and Inclusion strategies across the organisation.

Other responsibilities within the role will include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Provide specialist advice and guidance to managers and staff, regarding interpretation and application of HR policies and procedures.
  • Provide support and guidance to senior leaders on all aspects of learning and development initiatives to support business initiatives and enhance internal staff development.
  • Champion staff engagement and health and well-being and develop approaches for continuous improvement.
  • Work in partnership with senior leaders to understand the strategic challenges and ensure the organisation's People Strategy aligns.
  • Design and provide training in HR related topics.
  • Act as the HR lead on organisation wide work projects and teams.
  • Contribute to the development of and monitor performance of branch plans and key performance indicators to ensure the effective and efficient management and development of the People and Culture function.

The Ideal Person

Applicants must provide evidence which demonstrates that they satisfy the following essential criteria.

1a. Hold membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at a minimum of Chartered member level and have 2 years post qualification HR experience in the last 8 years operating at a supervisory level within a medium size organisation.


1b. Have 5 years HR experience operating at a supervisory level within a medium size organisation and hold a Level 5 CIPD qualification.


Have taken the lead at supervisory level in at least two of the following

  • Development of strategic capability framework to strengthen a workforce in support of business need.
  • Implementation of staff engagement initiatives to increase levels of staff engagement.
  • Management of diversity and inclusion programmes and how they intertwine with other processes within an organisation.
  1. Provided advice and or managed cases on at least 3 of the 5 areas below:
    • grievances
    • disciplinary
    • performance management
    • capability and
    • equality cases
  • Demonstrable experience of building constructive, positive and collaborative partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including senior management, to effectively deliver significant organisational objectives.
  • Demonstrable experience of effective verbal and written communication that influenced a major decision or achieved a significant negotiation using meaningful analysis of HR management information.


This is an excellent opportunity offering a highly competitive salary within the range £39,748 - £42,639, this role also offers the opportunity to join the organisation directly on a fixed-term contract basis, entitling the successful candidate to a range of perks and benefits, including NICS Pension Scheme, on-site parking and flexible working scheme.

For further information on this vacancy, or any other Public Sector job in Belfast or wider Northern Ireland, please apply via the link below or contact Emma Hall in the strictest confidence.

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