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HR Manager

North East England

  • Reference: 382227
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 per year depending on experience
  • Location: Consett

About Authentix:

Authentix has a long history of providing effective authentication solutions to Fortune 500 and government customers.  Authentix was formed in 2003 from the merger of US-based Isotag and UK-based Biocode, combining two of the authentication industry’s leading players.  Authentix has since continued to grow by offering customers comprehensive authentication solutions.

Authentix acquired Consett based SPS in April in April 2019, a move which expands their portfolio of security technologies in tax recovery programs for governments as well as increasing the scope of offerings for our brand protection clients.  

SPS is an industry leader in providing high security print solutions to a broad base of global clientele.  The company offers a highly diverse product portfolio including high security tax stamps and a host of security labels and other documents such as patented and multi-layered security technologies it deploys in its solutions.  For over 30 years, SPS has been at the forefront of developing new and patented methods, combining innovation in print with new technologies and decades of craft.

SPS will remain a stand-alone operating entity retaining its respective brands, with a plan to integrate within the Authentix group of companies to grow a collective set of strategic offerings and leverage the sales platform extensively in the markets served.

Authentix strive to be the very best in the eyes of their customers and co-workers.  They are a passionate, global team that believes in working collaboratively to meet common goals.  Authentix makes a difference in protecting the world’s supply chain by delivering innovative authentication solutions for governments, central banks and commercial products.  By joining their team, you will be helping to create a world of confident commerce.  If you want to work with really smart people on a challenging and rewarding journey, they would love to hear from you.


The role;

To support the changing needs of the business and future growth plans, an opportunity has arisen for an experienced customer focused ‘Stand Alone’ HR Manager to join the SPS team in Consett. The HR Manager role will be a key hire, providing a day to day support to the highly skilled workforce and driving high performance standards.  The ideal candidate will have a ‘hands on’ and practical approach with regards to delivering the HR service and will utilise new technology to drive best practice.

The role will have a dual reporting line into the Authentix VP of HR in the US and the SPS Operations Director in Consett.
Key elements of the role include;

  • Working as a trusted advisor to the leadership team at Consett, working as a commercial business partner.
  • Managing any day to day operational issues including ER, absence and capability.
  • Responsibility for all day to day administration.
  • Ability to act and think strategically whilst working in a busy operational role.
  • Attract, retain and develop the highly skilled workforce, ensuring career plans are in place to support future development.
  • Identify and develop learning and development initiatives, delivering training where required.
  • Supporting the 6 monthly Performance Review Process, coaching managers where necessary.
  • Developing new systems and technologies.
  • Effectively manage change across the business.
  • Oversee reward and benefits including any changes to shift rates and salary discussions.
  • Implementation of a new HRIS which will provide greater insight into employee data.
  • Supporting Authentix employees in York and Europe where required.
  • Providing management information and data to Authentix as required and supporting Group project work.
  • Keeping abreast of changes to employment law and regulations, providing regular updates to the US on any regulatory changes.

The person;

To be considered for this role you will be able to demonstrate the following experience;

  • an experienced HR professional who has broad experience of all generalist HR elements including recruitment, learning and development, employee relations etc.
  • as it is a small site, you will have the ability and desire to take on additional responsibility outside of their traditional HR remit.
  • manufacturing / print experience would be preferred, however we will also consider high calibre candidates who are able to demonstrate the right qualities and experience.
  • excellent, up to date knowledge of UK employment law and be the expert in the UK. 
  • personable and down to earth, you will need to integrate into the management team in Consett and communicate effectively with the stakeholders in the US.
  • ability to challenge the leadership team at Consett and bring about new ways of working.
  • ability to work in a ‘stand alone’ HR role where you are responsible for the entire function from HR administration through to HR strategy.

Nigel Wright;

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Sue O'Donovan on 01912690778 or email

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