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HR Manager

North East England

  • Reference: 382170
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 plus benefits
  • Location: Wallsend

About Houghton International;

Houghton International improves the performance of electro mechanical assets around the world. We use our technical expertise to work with customers to solve their problems offering a high-quality repair and maintenance service for motors, generators, pumps and all electrical rotating equipment.

Within the business we have hundreds of years of knowledge and experience across a range of sectors including rail, industrial and power generation. We are innovative, flexible and responsive to customer’s needs, continually exceeding industry standards and customer expectations. As the world continues to electrify and the demand for power rises, our products and services will become even more valuable and our business will continue to grow, we are working towards a target revenue of £20million by 2020/21.

We recognise that people are our most important asset. We have a highly skilled team that successfully combines youth with experience and we invest in our people to be ‘the best in the world at what we do’.

We employ for attitude and train for skill and our industry leading training programme is award winning. We aim to be the employer of choice for talented people across the whole of the North East, providing opportunities to develop and supporting our employees to achieve their goals. In return we expect commitment, a total focus on our customers’ needs, flexibility to meet deadlines and dedication to our quality process.

Are you:

  • An excellent communicator who is driven to deliver high standards of HR practice
  • Proactive, with the ability to motivate teams to deliver their best
  • Able to adapt to tight deadlines and act under pressure
  • Interested in joining a dynamic team at a critical juncture of its growth journey

Would you like to be part of a team that:
  • Is striving to be the best in the world at what we do
  • Driving business growth and development to achieve a turnover of £20million by 2020
  • Expanding into new sectors and markets globally
  • Increasing market share year on year
  • Develops innovative solutions and market leading products
  • Exports to over 28 countries worldwide
  • Has an industry leading, award winning, training and development programme
  • Supports companies such as Rolls Royce, Siemens and ABB to develop cutting edge power generation technology
  • That is highly skilled and customer focused with innovation at its core
  • Invests in apprentices and training across the business to support business growth and personal development.

If so, then read on to find out more about the HR Manager role and how it supports our strategic business objectives.


The role;

Due to a period of change, we have an opportunity for an experienced HR Manager to join our growing team. The HR Manager role is a pivotal role; providing support to the business and ensuring departmental objectives are met. The ideal candidate will have a ‘hands on’ approach with regards to delivering the HR service as well as supporting with delivering training to managers. The ideal candidate will have experience in an industrial environment with a strong focus on continuous improvement and streamlining processes. This role is central to our planned growth and will play a key role in supporting the business as we grow.

HR Manager duties and responsibilities:

Key responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the HR function, working alongside the business to deliver objectives and ensure that the HR function supports the vision and needs of the company;
  • Key member of the Senior Management Team with a shared responsibility to promote the Houghton International vision, values and principles;
  • Ensuring that a robust, effective and fit for purpose HR system is maintained;
  • Best practice delivery of the full HR remit, including recruitment, training, performance management, disciplinary and occupational health services;
  • Understanding the key business priorities and challenges and building strong professional relationships with the directors and the wider team;
  • Coaching departmental heads to ensure teams are developed through competency frameworks and personal development plans, and that talent succession strategies are developed to support future business growth;
  • Ensuring the staff handbook and related policies and procedures remain up to date with business requirements and current legislation; and
  • Streamlining existing workflows to drive efficiency and ensure the business can sustain current levels of growth.

Qualities of the successful candidate will include;


  • Qualified (min. Level 5) CIPD member with a minimum of 3 years’ experience working at a management level;
  • Commercially astute, with demonstrable experience of operating in a rapid growth, private sector SME, ideally in an engineering or manufacturing industry;
  • Ability to listen and communicate effectively, from the board level to the shop floor;
  • Excellent up-to-date knowledge of UK employment law and HR best practice;
  • Demonstrable ability to build and maintain a professional and supportive HR function;
  • A track record of developing an employer brand and experience of managing the recruitment processes of a fast-growing business, including selection support; and
  • A goal-oriented approach with a commitment to discretion and confidentiality, exceptional attention to detail, and an ability to focus in an interruption-prone environment.

  • Experience of managing a team operating in a wide range of HR disciplines;
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of applications, including Excel, and experience of working with specialist HR software solutions;
  • A track record of developing and delivering bespoke HR related training to employees;
  • A relevant talent assessment accreditation; and
  • Demonstrable experience of developing talent management and succession planning strategies;

Nigel Wright;

For a confidential discussion about this role and to receive a copy of our recruitment pack, please contact our retained consultant, Sue O'Donovan at Nigel Wright.

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