Head of Workforce Planning and Resources

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HR Operations
Portishead, Police Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead- BS20 8QJ


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28/11/2022, 12:00

We are looking for someone who shares our values of Learning, Inclusive, Courageous and Caring to take on an exciting opportunity leading our new Workforce Planning function for Avon and Somerset Police.

The Head of Workforce Planning and Resources will lead our newly created Workforce Planning function to deliver workforce planning strategy across our organisation. Great workforce planning is a key enabler for us to deliver Avon and Somerset’s vision of outstanding policing to the communities we serve. This is a challenging resourcing environment, and the Head of Workforce Planning and Resources will work to understand and project our future requirements as well as map resources to where we need them. You will identify and resolve key workforce planning challenges.

You’ll be used to working in a complex and fast paced environment with experience of problem solving. You will be responsible for setting up, leading and shaping the development of the Workforce Planning and Resources teams.

As an outstanding influencer, you will work closely with key stakeholders ensuring a collegiate approach and supporting the team to deliver outstanding workforce planning. You will develop and deliver strategic workforce plans, advising and influencing senior stakeholders within HR and across the business.

This role reports into the Director of People and Organisational Development and will be responsible for standardising workforce planning, processes, measurement and KPIs to deliver the service across the organisation.

We want our organisational values, inclusive, caring, learning and courageous to be at the heart of the way we deliver workforce planning and we know just how important it is that we remain open to change in how we do things.


In this role, your main responsibilities will be:

  • Leading, shaping, representing, and communicating the workforce plans to match the level of the organisation ambition and ensuring our resources are aligned with workloads, demand, and financial planning.
  • Co-ordinating key stakeholder collaborative working to ensure workforce planning is clearly understood and supported throughout the organisation meeting critical business requirements across all areas
  • Addressing critical resourcing priorities through the data analysis, forecasting and problem solving for key areas
  • Providing day-to-day leadership to drive the delivery of outstanding workforce planning
  • Becoming a strategic subject matter expert on Workforce Plans and Resources, to develop insight to enhance Constabulary services.


Skills, experience and qualifications required:

  • Significant experience of supporting the business ideally in a similar size, complex organisation.
  • Evidence of operating and influencing stakeholders at a senior level within an organisation
  • A demonstrable track record of successful people management and accountability for effective performance management.
  • Experience of implementing successful development, change and innovation.
  • Knowledge of relevant legal, political, economic, social, technological, and environmental factors and an understanding of the implications for the department and key areas of responsibility
  • Knowledge of relevant local, regional and national priorities, strategies and initiatives and their implications for the department and key areas of responsibility
  • Strong leadership skills to support in the day-to-day operations of the business.


What we can offer:

  • A hybrid working model – this is a blended role where 60% of your time will be spent working from home.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Initially 26 days annual leave allowance, plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working
  • Professional development opportunities


Following a shortlisting process we expect to hold interviews w/c 5th December.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 5 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years.

Find more information about us on our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk

For more information on the role please see attached job description or contact Director of People and OD, Louise Hutchison via email at Louise.Hutchison@avonandsomerset.police.uk. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

About us

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We recognise the benefit different life experience and perspectives can bring.

We are on a journey to become the most inclusive police force in the country. 

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Blended Working/ Hybrid Working

Avon and Somerset Police encourage flexible working where operationally possible.
This role has been identified as a blended role.
The successful candidate for this role will have the opportunity to work from home whilst also at a secondary work location, which will be a police premises. The successful applicant will have the option to discuss working arrangements with their line manager. All applicants must reside within the UK.

Under the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 this post is politically restricted.  In order to avoid any potential conflict of interest, a politically restricted post prevents an individual from having any active political role either in or outside the workplace

They are also restricted from canvassing on behalf of a political party or a person who is or seeks to be a candidate, and speaking to the public at large or publishing any written or artistic work that could give the impression that they are advocating support for a political party.

Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

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