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Head of Human Resources | The Institution of Structural Engineers

Are you excited by the challenges facing the workplace and society as we learn to live with Covid-19?

  • Location: Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
  • Salary: circa £65,000 gross per annum subject to experience

About the role

Do you have the skills to lead, manage, develop, and deliver our people strategies and operations as we emerge from the pandemic and into the future?

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. We are a recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment. Our diverse team of circa 65 staff support a member base of 32,000 across 105 countries. Our reach and accessibility continues to extend through the effective deployment of digital solutions to develop and support our membership.

We are searching for an inspirational and highly skilled leader who is able to steer and influence change. As an effective line manager, you will oversee a small team in the management of, and participate in, the operational delivery of all HR services, ensuring these align to Institution needs and strategy.

Who we are looking for

You will have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrable experience of delivering appropriate HR solutions across the board, from L&D to reward, recruitment and beyond. Experience of researching and weighing up appropriate solution supported by papers and policies is imperative. A firm grasp of employment law and best practice is essential, as is experience of operating job evaluation and the procurement and management of employee benefits and pension. The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing is critical, as is the sensitivity to work collaboratively with others to achieve Institution needs.

This is an exciting opportunity for the successful individual to both develop their career and help us in our digital transformation.  If you feel you can be an effective member of our Senior Management Team and are the person to lead our HR team forward, then we want to hear from you.

This post is based in our London HQ and in the short term will involve a changing mix of office based and remote working as part of our phased response to Covid-19.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Closing date: 9am, Monday 24th May 2021

The Institution does not hold a visa sponsor licence, therefore, applicants who do not have the right to work in the UK and/or require visa sponsorship in order to continue working in the UK cannot be considered.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Welcome from Martin Powell, Chief Executive

Dear applicant,

Thank you very much for your interest in the position of Head of HR at the Institution of Structural Engineers.

As we grasp the opportunities and challenges of new and flexible ways of ways of working this is a really exciting opportunity for the successful individual to develop their career and bring to us the benefits of their skills and experience as an accomplished HR professional.

The Head of HR oversees a small team, and the role will appeal to someone who can balance and enjoy involvement with “hands on” operational activity alongside a keen appetite for the strategic thinking that will inform the development of our people practices and change programmes.

Along the way, there may be an opportunity to consider how HR programmes could be developed to support Institution members.

Because of the importance we attach to staff as one of our greatest assets and resources, this role reports to me and is a great, challenging and rewarding opportunity.

I am looking for an accomplished individual who will lead our HR activity; can advise me; be a proactive member of the Senior Management Team and work well with others to get the best out of our talented workforce. Above all we are looking for someone who will look at our HR activity with a fresh pair of eyes and drive its alignment with the Institution’s needs and vision.

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel you have the skills, experience and expertise to be successful in this role and for an informal discussion about this opportunity.

With very best wishes

Martin Powell
Chief Executive
The Institution of Structural Engineers

About The Institution of Structural Engineers

With over 32,000 members working in 105 countries, we are the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering.

The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.

The core work of the Institution is to support and protect the profession by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers.

Why work for the Institution?

Working for the Institution of Structural Engineers is an opportunity to be part of global team of professional members committed to making the world a better and safer place through their work on structural safety and the climate emergency.

It is an opportunity for you to develop and make a difference by joining our team of approximately 65 employees based in the UK and help support our vision to lead, support and nurture the development of structural engineering worldwide.

Our head office is only a short walk from Barbican, Old Street and Farringdon. It’s bright, modern and open-plan, supporting a collaborative environment.

We pride ourselves on the flexibility we can provide to our staff and offer a wide variety of benefits to enhance your work life balance and wellbeing as detailed later in this pack.

To thrive with us, bring:

  • An open-minded and flexible approach. Enhance our diverse and inclusive team.
  • A creative attitude to work. Help us strengthen and improve in a workplace where you are encouraged to innovate and share new ideas.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment. Provide our members with the best service possible to maintain our worldwide respected status.
  • A friendly and communicative approach. Fit in to our small organisation where staff know each other well and strive to work collaboratively.
  • The ambition to take on new challenges. We always look to the future to embrace change, so we continue to evolve.


  • The Institution of Structural Engineers is governed under its Royal Charter, bye-laws and the applicable regulations.
  • The Institution Council consists of the President, Vice-Presidents, past Presidents, representatives of regional groups and members who are elected for a period of three years. The Institution is supported by an executive of 65 staff. The Board is the governing body of the Institution. Its members are the Institution’s Trustees.

Our values

We strive towards a structural engineering profession that is built on competence, accessibility, and community.


Championing competence is at the core of everything we do.

We offer a wide range of opportunities for our members to develop, refresh and extend personal competencies. We also help members specialise by offering tailored courses, resources and specialist qualifications.

Accessibility and diversity

We are committed to making the structural engineering profession more accessible. We are constantly reviewing our routes to membership to provide flexibility in the process, offering more choice for all our candidates.

We value diversity and the perspectives people from different backgrounds bring to the engineering profession. We work with other professional bodies and our members to identify and remove barriers to anyone becoming a structural engineer.


We work to create an international community of structural engineering excellence, facilitated by our digital platforms, Regional Group activity and networks of special interest.

For more detailed information about the Institution please visit our website.

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    Please submit a CV and supporting statement that clearly outlines your suitability and motivation for the role by demonstrating that you meet the criteria and have the experience in the person specification. We kindly ask that your CV and supporting statement in MS Word format in one document.

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    All applications will be considered solely on merit.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 24th May 2021
    Preliminary interviews with Peridot (via video): Between Monday 24th & Wednesday 26th May 2021
    First stage interviews with IStructE (via video): Tuesday 1st June 2021
    Final stage interviews with IStructE (IStructE offices): Monday 7th June 2021

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