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Human Resources

Senior People Manager – 62000
£36,805 – £47,337


This exciting opportunity to join the People team within the Parole Board. You will lead on solidifying a fairly new team delivering member recruitment, policy development and staff support. This role is hybrid, with 20% of time based at our Canary Wharf offices.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

About the Parole Board:

The Parole Board is an independent court-like body that is responsible for carrying out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community. We do that with great care and public protection is our top priority.  

All Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release. Not all decisions Members make are popular, but they make these decisions fairly and objectively.

The Board is made up of about 180 members of secretariat staff based in our London Head Office and approximately 320 Members who make decisions on risk and hold hearings at prisons around the country.

The Parole Board is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice.  Staff who work for the Parole Board Secretariat are Public Servants and not Civil Servants.

Reports to

Head of People, Learning and Development (HoPLD)

Job Purpose

This role supports the HoPLD in all people related planning for the organisation including work force planning, and effective succession planning. This will sit across members and the secretariat, ensuring complex requirements are taken into consideration.

You will oversee and ensure delivery of the People related support for staff, managers and the organisation. Including reporting responsibilities and delivering against business and personal KPIs. 

Scope of Responsibilities:

Activities and actions relating to:

·         Policies and procedures

·         Wellbeing

·         Recruitment and succession

·         Performance management and talent management

·         People analytics and reporting 

Primary Deliverables

A suite of compliant and relevant policies and procedures

A supported and trained workforce

A workforce plan

Reliable and reportable people data and analytics 

Person Specification 


·         Demonstrable previous experience working in a people management role delivering:

o   Strategic planning

o   Analysing HR data and trends

o   Budget and payroll

·         Team management

·         Policy and procedure drafting 


·         CIPD Level 5 or demonstrable equivalent experience and knowledge

·         Collaborative attitude 

Main Duties:

Policies and training

  • Oversight of all people policies and procedure ensuring compliance and accuracy.
  • Liaise with the Head of Learning and Development to ensure members, managers and staff are informed of and trained in relevant policies and procedures.
  • Support and provide people training to managers across all grades in the Parole Board where required.
  • Ensure staff and member wellbeing, working closely with the HoPLD.

Reporting and audit

  • Responsibility for accurate payroll, bonus, pension and headcount actioning and reporting.
  • Responsibility for the collection, maintenance and analysis of people data and trends to draft regular reports and recommendations for the HoPLD.
  • With the Head of Learning and Development, undertake a skills audit for the secretariat and membership.
  • Create and maintain contingency and information assurance plans.


  • With the HoPLD create a workforce plan identifying talent and succession.
  • Strategically guide on staff recruitment across hubs, reviewing business cases, with suggested planning and amendments.
  • Provide guidance and support to the HoPLD for strategic member recruitment.
  • Oversee the timely delivery of reappointments.


  • Oversight of the Performance Management Review system, ensuring compliance with budget restrictions and policy.
  • Organisation and delivery of people surveys and accreditations.
  • Oversight of day-to-day people guidance.
  • Responsibility for pension compliance. 

Management and leadership                              

  • Manage and support a team of 4, with two direct line reports.
  • Co-Chair the EIR Staff Committee.
  • Promote organisational culture of transparency, fairness and independence.
  • Actively contribute to and deliver against the PB and functional hub’s business plan and organisational priorities.
  • Represent the organisation at cross-departmental meetings, and liaise with the unions to ensure consultation on relevant changes that may affect staff terms and conditions.
  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with external stakeholders to ensure PBs People needs are fully supported.
  • Undertake these responsibilities in line with current legislation, local and national policies, and the key documents.
  • Other tasks as assigned from time to time by the HoPLD.


£36,805 - £47,337 salary dependent on location

Additional Information

The Parole Board offers a range of benefits:

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Parole Board is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on UKor Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.