Salary: £79,873 – £83,758

Head of People Services

City Building is a highly successful and evolving business which has a proven track record of strategic delivery within the commercial marketplace and is comprised of two organisations –

  •  City Building (Glasgow) LLP (CBG) operates within a joint 50/50 ownership arrangement between Glasgow City Council (GCC) and Wheatley Housing Group (WHG).
  •  City Building (Contracts) LLP (CBC) is a wholly owned Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) of Glasgow City Council (GCC).

As one of Scotland’s largest construction companies, providing a wide range of construction, maintenance, and manufacturing services. With around 1850 staff we are one of Scotland’s largest employers of apprentices with over 200 craft and admin apprentices. Our Manufacturing Division, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), is Europe’s largest supported business and one of the UK’s most successful social enterprises with more than half of RSBi’s 250 staff having a disability.

Our core values are Excellence, Honesty, Ambition, Trust and Community and our mission is to contribute excellence in all that we do for our people, customers, partners, suppliers and the local communities in which we work.

At City Building, we believe that our people are our biggest assets and understand the value in putting them first.

We have a fantastic opportunity as a Head of People Services for you to become a key player within our Executive Management Team, leading on the complete People Services agenda for the business.

Reporting to the Executive Director you can expect your working day to include the following:

Being a Strategic Partner: Act as a key player working alongside the Executive Director and the Executive Management Team to deliver a first-class service to our clients.
People Services Excellence and Expertise: Provide valuable advice on all people related matters including conditions of employment, recruitment, absence management, interpretation of employment legislation and good practice. You will have overall responsibility for pragmatically and ultimately enhancing the employment journey. You will ensure we have optimum skilled resources who are supported, developed and looked after to deliver our wide range of products and services.
Workforce Planning: A key aspect of the role is to lead in the development of workforce planning strategy and policies which align with strategic and financial planning.
Collaboration with Trade Unions: You will develop and maintain both effective employee and trade union engagement and communication strategies which facilitate improvement and change.
Fostering a High-Performance Culture: Ensure that City Building’s People Services strategy, practices and policies cultivate a culture of empowerment, quality, talent development and productivity.
Collaboration: Engage and empower the People Services team in the planning and execution of high-impact projects
Leadership Development: Build the leadership capabilities of business area Managers and their deputies by appropriate coaching and mentoring methods to drive exceptional performance across the business.
Driving Results: Working in collaboration with Executive Management Team colleagues and Senior Management Team in the delivery of excellent service to our clients and identify innovative solutions that will ultimately enhance the customer journey, ensuring we enhance our reputation as an exemplar employer and employer of choice.
Employee Wellbeing: Our people are at the heart of everything we do. As the lead in the People Services strategy you will be passionate about wellbeing and champion employee engagement access our business.
EDI Leadership: Lead the charge on our successful EDI strategy, promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our business.

Your key strength lies in nurturing robust professional relationships with stakeholders and becoming a trusted advisor who ensures the seamless implementation of People Services plans. A true strategic partner dedicated to empowering the organisation to achieve their objectives through people-centered solutions.


• Proven experience at a senior level in a dynamic HR role for a minimum of 5 years
• Proven track record of HR leadership and of developing and implementing HR strategy
• Track record in workforce planning and successfully driving and delivering organisational change and improvement
• Experience of implementing various strategic initiatives across an organisation
• Able to effortlessly forge effective and constructive employee and industrial relationships with our Trade Unions, fostering collaboration and teamwork
• Solid knowledge of employment legislation, including TUPE regulations, keeping our HR practices compliant and up-to-date
• Project Management Experience
• Excellent communicator with high level inter-personal and influencing skills
• Track record in successfully delivering change
• Flexible, adaptable and able to work under pressure
• Understanding of promoting diversity and equality in employment and service delivery
• Innovative with a track record in turning fresh ideas into real-life successes
• Creative and can inspire and influence others
• CIPD qualification essential

In return for your dedication, collaboration and commitment, you will receive a generous salary and benefits package, joining a welcoming and inclusive culture. Salary placing will be dependent on skills and experience.

If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience please forward your CV and a personal statement detailing what you can bring and why you meet the criteria for this role to no later than Friday 1 March 2024.

If you would like an informal chat about this position please contact Jacqueline Stewart, Head of HR on 0141 287 7110.

Please note that interviews will likely take place on Monday 11 March 2024.

Job Profile – Head of People Services

Supporting Statement – Head of People Services