Senior Appointments – Head of Human Resources Recruitment

Senior Appointments – Head of Human Resources


Introduction from our Chief Constable

Thank you for your interest in developing your career with Lancashire Constabulary. We believe in individuality, diversity, and initiative – people who can be counted on – not simply counted.

We have a fantastic force of over 5,500 officers and staff, all sharing a passion and determination for keeping Lancashire’s people safe.  Here at Lancashire Constabulary we are committed to a nationally recognised set of behaviours and values. All employees who join the team believe in a common code of ethics and are dedicated to demonstrating all that this entails and creating an inclusive and open-minded workforce that reflects our local communities. Serving our public respectfully and fairly with integrity and transparency is at the heart of everything we do as reflected in our Vision and Values;

Our Vision –  Preventing and fighting crime. Keeping our communities and people safe.

Our Values – We’re professional, accountable, and united. And we do everything with respect.

We are extremely fortunate in Lancashire to be in the very safe hands of an exceptional team of chief officers and senior staff who possess an enormous range of skills and experience between them. Each has their own areas of expertise, and together they strive to ensure our constabulary is the best it can be.

If you are interested in joining this team and resonate with our values, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Rowley

Chief Constable


Why Lancashire?

Founded in 1839, Lancashire Constabulary covers an area of 1,189 square miles. The county has a population of nearly 1.5 million people with a rich diversity of communities, all with specific policing needs. Serving them is demanding and challenging but incredibly rewarding. We enjoy one of the most diverse and interesting regions in the UK, and no day is the same.

The constabulary is split into three divisions, West, South and East and our Headquarters is based in Hutton, Preston, with our Dogs and Mounted section nearby. Each division is run by a Chief Superintendent. To accommodate our workforce of just over 5,500 people we have an extensive network of locations across the county.

To ensure we fulfil our commitment to policing Lancashire, we have a very special workforce made up of over 3,000 Police Officers and 2,500 Police Staff – of which 290 are PCSOs and 460 Special Constabulary Officers, Police Cadets and Community Volunteers.

Our force covers a hugely diverse geographic area, from coastal towns, including Blackpool and Morecambe, to the buzz of our large towns, city centres, and rural communities too.

Lancashire has a £30.8bn economy, 1.5m residents, 732,000 jobs and 53,000 businesses. There is a large visitor economy worth £4.4bn, attracting almost 69m visitors annually.

By joining Lancashire Police you will become part of a force which is as wonderfully diverse as the geography. We have renewed our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion and formalised the strategic priorities in the strategy below;

Daily Demands…

Just 19% of our calls for service are crime-related. 81% is everything else, 33% of which relates to concerns for safety and of that 20% relates to mental health.

Mobile Phone Received 664 999 calls and 2315 non-emergency calls
Make 83 arrest 3 of which are for sexual offences
Have 344 crimes reported
Deal with House15 burglaries
Carry out 30 stop & searches
Deal with 195 anti-social behaviour incidents
Submit 35 vulnerable adult and 34 vulnerable child referrals 4 of which are CSE related
Support 3610 families enrolled in the troubled families programme
Deal with 105 violent crimes
Attend 10 road traffic collisions
Deal with 128 thefts
Responded to 19 missing person reports

The Opportunity

Head of Human Resources

Salary £63,842 to £71,180

Applications close at 11.55pm on Sunday 17th October 2021

We are searching for an innovative and pragmatic Head of Human Resources (HR) to lead our Human Resources Team. Reporting to the Assistant Chief Constable, the Head of HR will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the people function including;

  • Employee Relations & Case Management
  • Health & Safety, Occupational Health & Wellbeing
  • HR Service Centre
  • Recruitment & Resourcing
  • and the provision of Payroll & Pension services.

Applications are invited from suitably experienced HR professionals, able to work at a strategic level in a complex organisation delivering HR services. You will provide strategic direction, working closely with all of the Chief Officer Team, Executive Leadership Team and wider Senior Management Teams to deliver successful people initiatives.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the opportunity before you make your application you can speak with Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Peter Lawson. You can arrange this conversation through Staff Officer, Inspector Craig Kelshaw by calling 01772 412206.


Our ideal candidate will

  • Provide strategic direction and advice to the Chief Officer Team.
  • Be responsible for the management of force level planning for the Human Resource functions.
  • Inspire people to meet challenging organisational goals, creating and maintaining the momentum for change.
  • Be proactive in nature.
  • Lead, and work closely with other senior colleagues in the design and delivery of workforce and organisational plans including resourcing and recruitment.
  • Lead on the promotion of effective and productive employee relations at both strategic and corporate levels including positioning the Constabulary to deal effectively with existing and future employment legislation.
  • Provide challenge, advice and insight to senior leaders and stakeholders across the Constabulary on complex organisational people issues, with particular focus on diversity, inclusion, resourcing and employee relations issues.
  • Have a dedicated and genuine passion about health, well-being, diversity, equality and inclusion.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered you MUST meet all of the eligibility requirements:

  • Level 5 CIPD Diploma or equivalent HR qualification.
  • Chartered Member of Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).
  • Substantial & recent senior level experience of working at a strategic level in a complex organisation delivering HR services.
  • Additional criteria as stipulated in the job specification.

Head of Human Resources Application Process

Applications close at 11.55pm on Sunday 17th October 2021.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the opportunity before you make your application you can speak with Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Peter Lawson. You can arrange this conversation through Staff Officer, Inspector Craig Kelshaw by calling 01772 412206.

This role is required to operate at Level 3 in the Competency Values Framework (CVF).  More information about the CVF can be found here.

The process of shortlisting will take place w/c 18th October 2021.  You will be notified of your application outcome shortly thereafter via the online recruitment portal where you submitted your application.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to undertake a presentation and interview, which will be conducted on Thursday 28th October 2021.

The interview panel will consist of Chief Constable Chris Rowley, Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson and an independent HR professional.

Candidates will be emailed the presentation topic in advance of their interview date.

We will notify you of the outcome of the final interview shortly after all the interviews have taken place.