Executive Director of People - Save the Children

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Executive Director of People

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Executive Director of People is challenging and fulfilling.

  • Do you get excited about leading HR transformation projects?
  • Are you driven to deliver results?
  • Are you passionate about creating a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment?
  • Are you a values-led leader able to empower teams to achieve a positive impact?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn’t just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!


About Us

Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Following a recent restructuring and enhancement of the People function, Save the Children UK is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director of People.


Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Executive Director of People sits in the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and has full accountability for leading the people aspects of our organisation including Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Relations, HR Data, HR Services (Operations), Rewards & Benefits, Organisational Development, Learning and Talent Management.

In the last few years, we have embarked on a significant transformation programme for both Save the Children UK as a whole and our People function which will enable us to build upon our role as a business support function so that we become a real strategic partner to Save the Children UK.

The new Executive Director of People will be at the forefront of this HR transformation journey and will do so by placing our people at the heart of everything we do. Underpinned by our ambitious People agenda, we will aim to support high performance while emphasising kindness, respect, and dignity in an environment where our people feel valued and know that both their mental and physical health is important to us.

As a rights-based organisation, we are committed to anti-racism and actively opposed systemic oppression of any form. The Executive Director of People will visibly lead our commitment to celebrate diversity, challenge inequality, and build an inclusive environment for every one of our employees so we can better represent the children we protect.


 Main Accountabilities

The Executive Director of People will play a key role in delivering the Save the Children UK strategy through leading our People agenda focusing on:

  • Leading the delivery of the Save the Children UK HR Strategy and playing a key role in the global HR approach across the global Save the Children movement
  • Operating as a trusted confidante and coach for the ELT and our Corporate Senior Leadership Team (CSLT) in dealing with HR matters
  • Building a senior leadership team and divisional culture that emphasises accountabilities, a commitment to learning, and open discussion
  • Ensuring that HR staff experience a supportive and kind culture
  • Prioritising D&I in recruitment and career progression across the organisation. Demonstrating leadership and championing and acting on SCUK’s D&I and anti-racism commitments
  • Leading an agile, flexible, and innovative HR division informed by best practice
  • Delivering improvements in processes and systems to drive a user-centric experience of the HR service
  • Creating a framework that enables the attraction and retention of the best talent at all levels in the organisation
  • Strengthening our approach to talent management, creating opportunities for staff to develop and thrive both personally and professionally
  • Holding overall accountability for compliance with policies and practices consistent with employee legislation and HR best practice and the appropriate delivery of these in the workplace
  • Partnering with the Safeguarding team on safeguarding-related policies and practices


Person Profile


  • Extensive broad HR leadership experience role with a strong track record of developing and delivering progressive people strategies within a large, complex organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of implementing impactful Diversity and Inclusion strategies which result in increased diverse and inclusive workforces
  • Successful track record experience of leading large-scale cultural and behavioural organisational change with the understanding of how the major changes affect both people and processes
  • A proven track record in driving improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and productivity which result in strong customer, quality and results focused HR teams


  • Ability to lead, inspire and build a positive vision and collaborative culture across an organisation
  • Ability to remain solution-focused and confident in rapidly changing and time-pressured environments
  • Ability to model inclusive behaviours and practice which influence, motivate and inspire behavioural change across an organisation
  • Ability to establish professional credibility quickly with colleagues, and to interact effectively with staff at all levels and across all departments
  • Ability to manage personal, budgets and resources in a challenging financial climate


  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A highly emotionally intelligent and people-focused approach that inspires the trust and commitment of others
  • A resilient, clear and decisive decision-making approach which is allied to a consultative and collaborative management style
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK’s aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity


  • Leading and inspiring others 

Demonstrates leadership in all our work embodies our values and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children

  • Delivering results

Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving their own performance or that of the team/ organisation

  • Communicating with impact

Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust


Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

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