Director of HR Services

Due to the upcoming retirement of the incumbent Executive Director of HR and Organisation Development and internal promotion to the Executive Director role, we have an exciting opening for a new Director of HR Services at the University of Stirling.

At a time of continued growth for the University, this is a fantastic opportunity to join a collaborative and vibrant team to help deliver exceptional HR service to the University community.

As Director of HR Services you will work as part of the senior HR&OD leadership team to take forward directorate and institutional objectives, translating strategy into action and impact. 

You will be a dynamic, confident leader with substantial experience gained across a broad spectrum of HR activity that includes HR operations, change management, business partnering, workforce planning, employee relations and reward.

You will lead the HR services functions and drive continuous improvement that supports efficient and effective people processes.  You will be comfortable collaborating with senior leaders and providing sound, pragmatic advice to identify solutions to complex casework and to drive courses of action to facilitate and enable the delivery of faculty and professional services plans.

About HR Services

HR Services incorporates, all aspects of generalist HR and employee relations support to the organisation, payroll and pensions, and learning and development. The service is responsible for supporting the employment of University staff, providing advice and guidance on matters including staff recruitment, contracts of employment, promotion, appraisals, term and conditions, professional development etc.

The objectives of the HR Services team are to:

  • enhance the human resources, organisational capability and performance of the University
  • provide an efficient, accurate and timely service in all aspects of the employment lifecycle
  • develop a comprehensive, accurate and flexible HR Information system
  • advise and support staff on employee relations, employment matters, including interpretation and application of University policies and procedures
  • provide administrative, procedural and policy development, and support and advice to University committees
  • ensure compliance with legal and policy obligations

HR Services is responsible for SAP, the University’s HR Information system for managing and processing all staff related information. We also provide a payroll and pension service to the University and administer the University Pensions scheme.

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About the University of Stirling

Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first new university in Scotland for more than 400 years. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence.

Since its founding 50 years ago, the University of Stirling has prided itself on being a place of useful learning – accessible and welcoming to all who study and work with us. Stirling is a place where ability, not background, is valued.

The essence of the University is its great people; its graduates, staff (1,500+), students (14,000+) and alumni (85,000+) are helping to shape the world. Stirling is a truly global institution, and was awarded 5 QS Excellence Stars Awards for internationalisation, teaching, facilities, employability and inclusiveness.

With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, Stirling is a university of distinction and an employer of choice. Stirling’s leading researchers, scholars and global student population are attracted by the University’s unique learning environment, exceptional facilities, beautiful campus and student-centered approach.

Equality and diversity, and treating everyone with respect, are central to the University’s ethos and activities. Stirling promotes equality and celebrates diversity through a variety of initiatives. The University is proud to hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award – the national charter recognising best practice in advancing women’s careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.

The University is located in the city of Stirling; the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The 330-acre campus encompasses a loch, a golf course and the 18th-century Airthrey Castle.

Find out more about why working at the University of Stirling goes far beyond the job offer.

Application process

Find out more information on the role including a full description of duties and essential and desirable criteria

The closing date will be midnight on Sunday 16 May 2021.

For any queries please contact the Recruitment and Resourcing team via