Join Our Team

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager - Fixed Term

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified & experienced HR Manager join the HDC family to develop and deliver our People Strategy and HR function, in support of a growing and ambitious group of nurseries.

You are an experienced HR professional, who thrives working in a dynamic environment. You will be comfortable and capable of operating at all levels within the business, be that ensuring the quality and accuracy of data; producing management reports from large complex data sets with actionable insights; engaging with potential candidates and external recruitment agencies; to advising the Senior Leadership Team on strategic people related priorities.  You will be joining a well-established business, where you will work closely with the leadership team, this is a high-profile position where you can make your mark and help realise our ambition of becoming the early years provider of choice across the South West.

About the role:

This is a significant role which is critical to the growth and expansion activity planned for 2022. It is an opportunity to join a business at a pivotal moment in its journey, where the successful development, launch and embedding of its People Strategy is intrinsically linked to operational and commercial success.

The role has a significant scope, covering the full lifecycle of an employee. As a business we recognise that every engagement with a candidate, employee or leaver is an opportunity to enhance our brand, recruitment, and retention. The role will be responsible for:

  • People Strategy Development
  • Staff forecasting and labour planning
  • Recruitment
  • Talent review and performance management
  • Employee engagement and retention
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Data management

This role will support the successful delivery of the objectives of HDC within the expected timeframes. This will be achieved through the implementation of robust and scalable processes, the embedding of these processes into daily BAU, providing evidence and assurance of their effectiveness to the Senior Leadership Team, and coaching nursery managers to effectively manage their teams. This role will require you to be continually up to date with any changes in legislation and ensure these changes are implemented across the business.

About HDC:

HDC prides itself on improving outcomes for staff and children through its core values:

  • Personal – treating children, families and staff as individuals and taking pride in developing caring and supportive relationships. Personalised care and education are at the heart of our provision
  • Professional – we are a learning organisation that is at the forefront of improving the quality of childcare provision. We set high standards for professional practice and aim to achieve excellence in all areas
  • Nurturing – Team and children’s progress and wellbeing, as individuals, is our primary emphasis

If you align yourself with these values and wish to bring your outstanding management experience to HDC, where you will be able to enhance your skills, then this is the role for you.

Qualifications and Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or relevant experience
  • 5+ years' experience in Human Resources
  • Track record of delivering strategic business outcomes through an effective people strategy
  • Exceptional track record of delivering improvement in key metrics such as absence, attrition, payroll defects and staff engagement
  • Experience of working in a multi-site environment
  • Proven manager and strong leader, capable of driving and influencing change in matrix organisations
  • Confident decision-maker and ability to support and challenge current thinking and drive and implement effective change where required

Personal Qualities:

  • A highly motivated and driven individual who thrives on success
  • Self-starter and ability to work on own initiative and ‘can do' attitude
  • Excellent communication, organisational and critical thinking skills and ability to influence across the business
  • Ability to adapt and implement change and be seen as the change agent
  • Clear thinking under pressure and ability to rationalise situations and be sympathetic where necessary
  • Attracts respect and trust amongst peers and colleagues


  • Able to coach and lead experienced managers and recognise individual learning styles, to enable them to bring the best out in their teams.
  • Passionate about supporting the team responsible for improving outcomes for children. This role requires you to understand that the primary focus for HDC is the outstanding service we provide our families, whilst also ensuring that our processes are closely aligned to best practice guidelines for the sector.
  • Able to manage competing priorities and work under pressure.


  • Highly competitive salary
  • Performance related bonus
  • 25% discount on childcare
  • Extra day holiday for your birthday
  • Pension scheme
  • Wellness programme
  • Ongoing professional development and training opportunities