How to get into it… An HR manager usually starts out as an HR officer or adviser, and then gains demonstrable knowledge of certain key areas, such as staff management, disciplinary procedures or tribunal hearings.
What you need to succeed… You will be expected to be a CIPD-qualified graduate with a minimum of five years’ HR experience. It will be advantageous if you have practical experience operating in a similar organisation, both in terms of size and sector – the differences between a small charity and a blue-chip organisation can be vast, meaning experience of one will not necessarily prepare you for the other.
Ideally, you should have knowledge and experience across a range of specialist HR areas, such as employment law and discipline, grievance and tribunal procedures. You will also need to have experience of managing employees.
What is involved… This will vary according to the size and type of organisation, and according to the structure of the HR department. Generally speaking, you will be expected to provide some, or all, of the following:
- Expert professional advice and guidance across all areas of HR.
- Suggestions on developing HR strategies, policies and practice.
- Support to the head or director of HR, ensuring HR policies are consistent with current legislation requirements and good employment practices.
- Day-to-day management of your HR department, ensuring an effective recruitment service is being delivered to the organisation.
- Advice and assistance to line managers on individual cases, including: discipline, staff conduct, performance, competence, illness, and staff grievances.