People Director

Reference number: 45169

Title: People Director

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £75,000 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, full time

Closing date: Tuesday 27 April 2021

Interview date: To be confirmed

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:


Sense is recruiting an experienced People Director as our outgoing Director is retiring. The People department is based in our offices Birmingham and you will be expected to travel between Birmingham and our office in London. Until we are able to re-open our offices, the post holder will be based at home.

We are a charity that supports people to be their best and to succeed. We are looking for a People Director who is responsible for the overall development and delivery of our people strategy and to ensure that as an organisation we live by our values and are motivated by empathy and compassion.

Our workforce consists of around 2,400 staff and 1,600 volunteers working in a wide variety of roles in England, Wales and Northern Ireland across social care, education, retail and charitable services, including fundraising, communications and other support functions.

About Sense

Sense is a national charity supporting children and adults with complex disabilities. For everyone living with complex disabilities and for everyone who is deafblind, Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Working at Sense can be incredibly rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large, diverse and successful charity where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in a supportive and flexible environment. You can read more about the benefits of working with us on our website at   

About the role

The People Director is a member of the Executive Team, supporting the Chief Executive and Directors of operational, retail and support departments.

The People Director will lead the work of the department under four key strands:

  • In the HR team: workforce planning, advice, change, reward, recognition, policy and equality, diversity and inclusion
  • In the L&D team: induction, ongoing professional development and our leadership and management development programme
  • In the Services and Systems team: the implementation of our new HR Information system, all of the administration work for the department, our management information and analysis, and all recruitment, selection and onboarding work.
  • Internal Communications: employee engagement and the purchase a new intranet.

Key skills and experience

We're looking for a collaborative and innovative senior leader who can demonstrate:  

  • A successful People / HR track record at senior leadership level in a complex multi-faceted organisation. Our preferred candidate will have experience of  social care or a related area and whilst it’s not essential, an understanding of the not for profit sector would be an advantage. 
  • Evidence of a strongly collaborative leadership style. The successful applicant will be a skilled collaborative partner able to work alongside their peers on all people matters.
  • Credible experience of HR systems. We are currently implementing a new HR Information system and LMS, soon to be followed by a new intranet so we are looking for someone with recent experience of complex change programmes.
  • A clear commitment to the people we support. Our vision and values drive our work every day so we’re looking to see that commitment evident in the successful candidate. 

Please refer to the job description for further details of the role.

About the application and selection process

If you think this is you then we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for applications from individuals only, no agencies please.

Informal stage

For an informal chat with the outgoing postholder, please email to set up a mutually convenient time.


Once you’ve decided to apply, there are three things we need from you by 9am on 27th April:

  1. Complete the online application process available from our website.
  2. A brief CV outlining your key achievements.
  3. A short supporting statement illustrating how you fit the post requirements. 

Accessibility and inclusion are important to us so please ensure that your CV and supporting statement are in FS Albert or Arial minimum point 12 and are no longer than two sides of A4 each.

Please click 'apply now' below to complete a short application form, and send your CV and supporting statement to 

If you are a disabled candidate and require a hard copy pack or a different format, please contact us on 07780 443576.


Interviews for the post will take place in two stages in May. Candidates will be invited to meet with representatives from the business and industry experts.

Sense is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to ensuring that all staff are motivated, skilled and rewarded by their work. Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. 

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are currently under-represented at this level. 

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

Related links

Who Sense supports

More about Sense, it's visions and values

Sense's People Strategy

Sense's People Strategy (Accessible)