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Director of People & Culture

Apply by 10.00am on 3 October 2022

Please submit your application as early as possible as Compassion UK reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for this role.

Do you have experience in developing people and culture strategies? Do you have a desire to see children released from poverty in Jesus’ name? Does the opportunity to combine your skills and passion sound like the dream job for you?

Compassion UK is recruiting for a Director of People & Culture who will continue to transform our People & Culture function.

At the heart of Compassion’s ministry is a relentless passion to act on our faith and empower every child left vulnerable by poverty. Our work is Christ centred, child focused, and church based.

Office-based in Fleet, Hampshire, with great flexibility for home working

35 hours per week, flexible working but usually Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00

£60,000 p.a.
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About the role

As our Director of People and Culture, you will provide high-quality leadership and oversight on the development and delivery of Compassion UK and Compassion Ireland’s People Strategy, focusing on culture development, organisational design, talent management, learning and development, and reward.

You will be responsible for continuing to develop and implement our vision to transform our People & Culture function into a strategic, solutions-focused, high-performing, and collaborative partner that directly supports the delivery of our strategic aims and promotes Compassion UK and Compassion Ireland as ‘employers of choice.’

Key Responsibilities

Demonstrating commitment to our vision, mission and values, the key priorities of the role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Actively maintaining and promoting Compassion’s Christian ethos and values.
  • Driving and consistently embedding a positive culture and supporting behavioural framework across the organisation, built upon the values of Integrity, Excellence, Stewardship, Dignity and Discernment.
  • Development and ongoing evaluation of our People Strategy, ensuring it continues to be effective and fit for purpose in delivering the organisation’s key strategic objectives.
  • Providing both strategic leadership and operational management to the People & Culture Team, promoting best practice and ensuring the function adds value across the organisation.

About you

To flourish in this role, you'll need:

  • Significant experience leading a People & Culture strategy.
  • Experience leading a People and Culture team.
  • Extensive up to date knowledge and experience of UK employment law and best practice.
  • Exceptional people skills.
  • To be a creative and strategic thinker.
  • To be an excellent leader with strong business acumen.
  • Strong project managements and organisational skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Hold a relevant HR professional certificate from an accredited organisation such as the CIPD Level 7 and be committed to continuing professional development.

We need you to be:

  • Personally committed to the Christian faith. There’s an occupational requirement for the holder of this role to be a practising Christian, in order to promote Compassion’s ethos and help others to experience, explore and express the faith-based motivation of our work. You can read more about this in our Policy on Posts to be Held by Christians.
  • Deeply connected to Compassion’s ministry to children.
  • Aligned to Compassion UK’s cultural attributes. 
  • Creative, innovative, and flexible. 
  • Able to extend kindness, consideration, and respect in all circumstances. 
  • Thorough and accurate. 

Location & Benefits

This is an office-based role in our modern, ‘agile’ office with free parking, just a 15-minute walk from Fleet station - with great flexibility for home working.

Benefits include enhanced pension scheme with 10% employer contribution, equivalent of 5 normal working weeks' annual leave a year, plus normal bank holidays, Income Protection and Group Life cover on appointment and Private Medical and Dental cover on completion of probation period.

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Closing date: 10.00am on 3 October 2022

The closing date for completed applications, CV's and covering letters is
10.00am on 3 October 2022.

1st Round Interviews will be w/c 10 October 2022

Please submit your application, anonymous (or blind) CV and covering letter, detailing key achievements and responsibilities relevant to the role, as soon as possible as we reserve the right to change the closing date of our vacancies. Late applications may be considered.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture at Compassion UK and as such would particularly welcome applications from women and ethnic minority groups to increase representation on our leadership team.

Please note that we can only consider applicants who presently have the right to work in the UK.


If you have questions about the role or experience problems submitting your application online you can call our friendly HR team anytime Monday to Friday, 9:30am - 5pm.

01932 836490

Our commitment to safeguarding

Compassion UK is committed to ensure everyone who comes into contact with us or our work is protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. As such, Compassion UK expects all staff to share this commitment and uphold the highest standards of safeguarding.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which will include Disclosure and Baring Service checks. Compassion UK also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we'll request from the job applicant's previous employers information about any findings of sexual misconduct - such as sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment - during employment. We'll also request information of incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. When someone submits a job application with us, they'll be confirming that they understand these recruitment procedures.

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Resources and Logistics Co-ordinator

Closes 10.00am Tuesday 11 October 2022

Do you have a strong track record of project management experience with the ability to initiate, monitor and complete projects? Are you looking to use your knowledge, skills and experience in a role within the ministry of Compassion and seeing children released from poverty in Jesus’ name? Compassion UK is recruiting a Resources & Logistics Co-ordinator. The successful candidate will foster and ensure efficient coordination and administration support to the Partnerships Department. At the heart of Compassion’s ministry is a relentless passion to act on our faith and empower every child left vulnerable by poverty. Our work is Christ centred, child focused, and church based.

Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.