About the role


This post reports to the Executive Director of Transformation, Partnerships and Prosperity, and will build on the achievements of our effective and successful outgoing Director.

Surrey is a big organisation (approximately 11,000 FTE), and it’s changing across the board. So the key purpose of this role is to ensure that HR and OD provide the right professional support, in a timely, outcome-focused and forward-looking manner. Over the past year, the HR service has been reshaped to make it fit for the future, so the new Director will be joining an organisation with resource and capacity.

Click here or on the image below to see our new structure.

Surrey CC HROD structure chart.jpg

Strategic issues such as restructuring, reward and recognition, cultural change and employer branding are all on the agenda. Complicating factors include the scale of the organisation; the competition for talent in our part of the South East; balancing the demands of long-term planning and response to emerging issues, with keeping the delivery of ‘day job’ services on track; and creating a deeply embedded ‘One Team’ approach, even when services are experiencing very high levels of demand.

An office move is likely in the next 12-18 months, and this will need careful attention from the new Director. We know that a significant staff engagement programme will be needed to achieve the benefits of this change, and make a successful transition to agile ways of working.

Background material

Download Our People 2021: Workforce Strategy
Download Surrey CC Organisation Strategy 2019-2023

Every day is likely to be different: so you must be the kind of person who thrives on variety, rapid change, and complex issues.