HR and Training Manager

The Heart of England Forest has grown significantly in the last five years, having transitioned from a private estate to a national charity. The charity is multifaceted, delivering a range of activities to support its charitable objectives from practical woodland creation and habitat management to farming, from engaging people and communities to delivering ground-breaking outdoor learning programmes, in addition to the standard activity areas expected within charities, such as fundraising, volunteer development and communicating to the wider public. 

This is a new infrastructure role set up to lead on effective HR management and training as the charity grows, meeting regulatory, industry and strategic needs, and embedding best practice throughout the organisation. The HR and Training Manager will need to be agile, comfortable and confident in dealing with a disparate workforce. With remote working here to stay, this post will need to deliver innovative solutions to stereotypical areas of HR, from virtual onboarding to implementing HR practices which work just as well in a forest or a farmyard as they do in the finance function.

£35,000 p/a
37.5 per week – Monday to Friday 08.30 to 17.00 with occasional evenings and weekends
Colletts Farm Office, Dorsington, Warwickshire, CV37 8AU
Closing date:
Sunday 19th September 2021
Interview date:
Friday 8th October 2021

About the role

Working autonomously, the HR and Training Manager needs to be able to span the strategic HR planning to the practical, dealing with day-to-day HR issues on the ground and delivering frontline training. This role offers the exciting opportunity of setting up and running a new HR function in an organisation where people are front and centre. 

The Heart of England Forest is proud of its commitment to support new entrants into the industry, be that through its highly sought-after yearlong paid internship programme, or as one of the first organisations to offer the new forestry apprenticeship. The HR and Training Manager will set up an organisation-wide mentoring scheme, maximising the development opportunities for new entrants to the industry and existing staff. 

We are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual who will be a key player in the delivery of our strategy and a real advocate for people development. You will need to enjoy working autonomously and as part of a small team, and as a strong people manager you will enjoy training, coaching and mentoring team members and watching them progress. Above all, you will be a passionate ambassador for the charity. 

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