Head of HR
Based in the heart of England, Twycross Zoo (TZ) is an award-winning conservation charity and rapidly growing visitor attraction. The Zoo is committed to supporting global welfare and conservation efforts in the captive breeding of endangered species whilst supporting projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the FFI Cao Vit Gibbon Project.
In 2014, the Zoo launched its 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since this time, new habitats which have opened to the public include Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest. Recently TZ have opened a £3.5 million new world-class chimpanzee habitat, Chimpanzee Eden, and are looking forward to building on this continued growth and success. As part of the Zoo’s Masterplan development programme, other investments have also included new habitats and renovations such as Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and Butterfly Forest, all of which offer visitors an immersive and inspiring experience with the animals.
At TZ you’ll be part of an evolving and progressive organisation, with staff engagement at its very core by ensuring inclusion through superb communication. TZ offers a diverse range of roles and is committed to the fundamental approach of equal opportunities in employment. The Zoo’s team strives to educate and inspire everyone to care about, and therefore contribute to saving, the other species with which we share our planet.
With a dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues at its heart, the Zoo aims to become a recognised “Centre of Excellence” that continues to make a significant contribution to the welfare and conservation of animals, especially primates, by being at the heart of conservation.
What will this role ofHead of HR entail?
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), as the Head of HR you’ll play a crucial role in ensuring that the organisation is able to evolve and grow, with any changes required being implemented effectively. You’ll be responsible for all areas of HR, as well as overseeing and co-ordinating Health and Safety with external partners.
Working closely with the COO, you will be responsible for devising and implementing the strategic HR plan in line with the business goals and masterplan. You’ll also lead the HR team, providing support, direction and development as required to ensure that we are able to attract, develop and retain the best talent in order for TZ to continue to grow. In addition, you’ll be required to undertake Duty Zoo Manager shifts on a rota basis, including weekends.
What will I need to be considered for this Head of HR vacancy?
Although not essential, knowledge of HR databases such as CARVAL would be advantageous.
What will I receive in return?
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £40,000 to £50,000, level dependent on experience
Working Hours: 5 days out of 7 or Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm. Flexibility will be required to meet business needs including some weekend and bank holiday working
Benefits: 31 days holiday per annum (inclusive of bank holidays), along with the benefit of a staff membership card, giving you free entry to the Zoo on your days off and discounts in our retail and food outlets. Free onsite parking.
Additional Benefits: Private medical insurance and life assurance
Location: Atherstone, Warwickshire (on the A444, which is easily accessed via the A5 and the M42 Junction 11).
All applications to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions.