Head of Human Resources (D21/22.AM)

Location:  SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Open-ended

Working Pattern:  Full Time - 37 hrs per week

Salary Range: £51,805 - £58,284 per annum

Closing Date: 14th April 2023


Job Purpose

To provide a comprehensive and professional HR service across SAMS Group which enables the organisation to continuously improve its performance. This includes working with a wide range of stakeholders, supporting managers to get the best out of their teams,  maintaining high standards of compliance with employment legislation and developing the HR function’s contribution to SAMS Group strategic goals.


The Role

Successful applicants will bring a strong track record of leading change and delivering highly successful HR/Organisational Development services. 

Key tasks will be:

- Actively pursue the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

- To create a supportive working environment that celebrates, promotes and rewards excellence across our portfolio of activities.

- Lead on periodic refreshment and ongoing implementation of the HR strategy.

- Provide support and advice on people matters.

- Develop and implement solutions relating to complex requests or change management.

- Play a key role in the development of key policies for SAMS Group.

- Actively engage with key stakeholders, especially UHI.


Our Ideal Candidate

This post would ideally suit an experienced HR professional, who can work comfortably under guidance, but effectively with a considerable degree of autonomy.  You will need to proactively steer the HR agenda forward, whilst supporting senior colleagues and developing your own team.  You must be able to operate effectively at both strategic and operational levels.

You will be a proactive, CIPD-qualified individual with excellent communication and organisational skills.   Able to work independently under pressure and deal with difficult situations, you will have direct reporting access to the Deputy Director.  You will have daily support from a small HR operational team as well as our Reception and Events staff.  You will be expected to develop your teams to perform to high standards as whilst fostering a friendly and inclusive environment.

The successful candidate will be a member of SAMS Executive Group and the Professional Services team.  You will sit on several other internal committees and working groups, including UHI.  You will also provide support to SAMS trustees as and when required.


Employee Benefits

Our employees are the heart of our business. Recruiting and retaining the right people is the key to our success. Rewarding our employees is therefore an important component of our employment package and we have a wide range of benefits on offer to staff. These can enhance your personal and professional development, your health and well-being and your finances.

Additionally, SAMS encourages and recognises excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues. 

SAMS offers a generous salary and pension as well as employee benefits package.  We also have supportive policies to assist absence, family and other leave types. 



We would love to hear from you.  If you have queries on the role and would like to talk these through before applying, please email the Deputy Director, Prof Axel Miller: Axel.Miller@sams.ac.uk

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to recruitment@sams.ac.uk  quoting Job Ref ‘D21/22.AM’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is 14th April 2023 – Interviews will likely be held by the end of April / beginning of May.

Please note, candidates must have the rights to work in the UK.


Full details on this vacancy can be found here: Head of Human Resources (D21/22.AM) - Job Description