Deputy Director of Human Resources Ref: C194

School/department: Human Resources
Hours: Full time 37.5 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Permanent  
Reference: C194
Salary: Competitive
Placed on: 17 February 2023
Closing date: 17 March 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: End of March/Beginning of April 2023 
Expected start date: June 2023 

Job description

The University of Sussex is undertaking an exciting transformation with the HR team at the forefront of this work. Key to this will be the appointment of a new Deputy Director of HR. In this critical role, you will advise and support the Director of Human Resources and lead the HR Business Services Team (comprising of Business Services, Resourcing, Employee Relations and Policy, Business Partnering and the HR Compliance team).  

You will lead as a full Deputy with the responsibility for leading and managing the delivery of exemplary front-line services across the HR Division. As Deputy Director you will lead the Digital HR project to enable the team to fully exploit digital HR and establish itself as a centre of customer excellence.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to make an immediate and significant impact through business-led simplification and standardisation and by leading and modelling newly designed customer-led services. You will lead on the embedding new ways of working, delivering strategic priorities by collaborating with other areas (providing digitally enabled services as standard). You will be an exemplar model of the values and behaviours set out in The Sussex Leader and be able to work collaboratively and strategically with both the senior leaders of the HR team and University, to deliver the University's objectives within a working culture that is innovative, inspiring, and inclusive for all our staff.  

Your success in delivering results in complex organisations will be evidenced through your ability to build excellent relationships with staff at all levels; your high level of emotional intelligence and cultural sensitivity; and your proven experience of advising at senior levels. 

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role, please contact Mhairi Campbell, Senior HR Business Services and Resourcing Manager on

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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How to apply

If you wish to apply for the role please submit a letter of application plus a CV outlining the key facts and information about yourself, what you will bring to the role and why you are the right person for it. 

Please also complete and submit our Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB]

Your expression of interest should be sent to: Emma Macfarlane (

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