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HR Cluster Lead

Edinburgh, Midlothian
Job Type
22 Sep 2022

HR Cluster Lead

A track record of managing multiple sites?

Are you an ambassador of change?

Do you have 5+ years of generalist HR leadership experience; with exposure to FMCG environments?

MacGregor Black is currently partnering with a Consumer Goods business, on the search for HR Cluster Lead. This is a permanent role based in Edinburgh.

As the HR Cluster Lead, you will take accountability for all aspects of the people agenda for an operational 'cluster'. To act as the key link between the Head of Operations (Cluster) and the broader HR department to leverage HR expertise to deliver the cluster's agreed people priorities. You will also represent HR as a value adding, 'role model' function inside and outside of the Cluster. To take accountability for the delivery of one HR 'portfolio' responsibility across the organisation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To exercise diligence and independent judgement to promote transparent, values-led and professional leadership of the Cluster
  • To act as a professional and trusted advisor to the cluster leadership team on all HR and OD matters relating to the Cluster
  • To utilise organisational and local MI to identify and prioritise local HR agendas to achieve organisational HR goals
  • Regular constructive engagement with, and co-ordination of, the broader HR team (L&D, HRSS, Reward, etc) to facilitate the local delivery of organisational HR goals
  • To provide intellectual leadership and project leadership to the broader HR team in one 'portfolio' responsibility
  • The application of financial rigor to all HR activity to ensure value for money for the business.


  • To develop and own the Cluster manpower plan to ensure the delivery of required numbers
  • To co-ordinate regular Cluster talent reviews to identify areas of need and establish succession plans to address future capability requirements.
  • To work with the recruitment manager to minimize any periods of Cluster 'vacancy'.
  • To work with Agency to ensure the availability of the numbers required for Cluster production.
  • To work with HRSS to ensure the effective on-boarding of new Cluster personnel

Training and Development

  • To co-ordinate regular Cluster training needs analyses to identify areas of need and, in partnership with the L&D Manager, agree, develop, and socialize the Cluster L&D priority plan
  • To ensure their Cluster is 'audit ready'; to encourage a culture of compliance; to ensure any audit actions are addressed in a proper and sustainable way.
  • To ensure all Cluster colleagues understand their legal, technical and customer responsibilities.

Employee Relations

  • The agreement and delivery of a Cluster engagement plan that drives employee alignment and commitment to the business
  • The development of a constructive dialogue with employees and their union representatives that facilitates the delivery of business needs
  • The provision of advice and guidance on HR issues to the Cluster leadership team to promote good practice and compliance.

Performance Culture

  • Effective local sponsorship of the PDR process to establish a culture of personal development and personal responsibility to encourage colleagues to achieve their full potential
  • The proactive management of company recognition strategies to promote personal contribution
  • Engagement with stakeholders to establish agreed Portfolio priorities to deliver business goals
  • The management of the annual Portfolio plan that delivers priorities across the business

What are we looking for?

  • Graduate calibre
  • CIPD qualification
  • 5+ years of generalist HR leadership experience; with exposure to FMCG environments.
  • Knowledge of employment law in areas of resourcing and equality
  • Evident confidence in presentation, communication and negotiating with professional peer groups
  • Ability to work with peers in a matrix structure to draw in external skills to achieve local goals
  • Track record of delivery
  • Ability to manage priorities and projects across a multi-site and multi-function organisation
  • A personal commitment to role model behaviours and to leadership and management through example
  • A working understanding of Microsoft Office

Competitive salary + benefits.

Please contact Nichola Saul today for more information.

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  • Job Reference: 718773397-2
  • Date Posted: 22 September 2022
  • Recruiter: MacGregor Black
    MacGregor Black
  • Location: Edinburgh, Midlothian
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: HR / Recruitment
  • Job Type: Permanent