A regular monthly series where we look at similar roles in different sectors and industries
This week Alison Warner, head of HR at Stephenson Harwood and Irene Cowden, group HR director at Securicor, compare notes on their careers
1. What are your main responsibilities?
AW I am responsible for the provision of all HR services, including the implementation of policies and procedures, recruitment and retention, training and development and employee relations across Stephenson Harwood. In addition, I represent legal firms on the executive committee of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, giving input on issues relating to law firms.
IC Developing Securicor's overall HR strategy and making sure it is implemented. Ensuring our HR strategies are taken into account when developing the business model. Developing the company's culture and group organisation. Selecting and developing the best people and senior management. Recognition and reward. Spreading knowledge and best practice throughout the organisation.
2. What's the pay like?
AW It is fair, but there are reasons other than the salary alone as to why I come to work.
IC In line with market rates.
3. How flexible are the hours?
AW Not terribly, but that is part and parcel of this role. I tend to work late in the evenings as there are fewer interruptions and I can concentrate on getting things done when it is quiet. I regularly work 10-hour days and longer when needed.
IC All our employees are required to be flexible, and in return we encourage the right work-life balance. Our employees work the hours the role demands, but in return we are as flexible as possible.
4. What do you like most about the job?
AW The fact that no two days are the same and that there is always something new to learn.
IC Working with a top team to move the business forward. Witnessing people you saw arrive at the company, develop and grow with the business.
5. What are the challenges?
AW The fact that no two days are the same and there is always something new to learn! Wor