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The Role

Location:  Flexible working location will be considered.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is the independent body that regulates and administers the business costs and decides the pay and pensions of the 650 elected Members of Parliament and their staff in the United Kingdom. We were created by the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, as the world’s first independent regulator of MPs’ financial remuneration.

IPSA is on a mission!  We want to enable MPs to do what really matters by providing an exemplary, seamless regulatory service.  We have a compelling strategy and we’re intent on transforming IPSA.  We’re looking for someone truly innovative who can tip traditional HR on its head, create an enviable employer brand and who wants to put IPSA firmly on the map as a public sector leader in the people and culture space. If you’re up for challenging the old school, compliance based checklist approach to HR and you love enabling capability, innovation and value to create an organisation where great people want to work and give their best, then IPSA is the place for you.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • A key member of IPSA’s Senior Leadership team with a shared objective to develop and deliver activity aligned to our purpose, strategy, vision and values
  • Developing and driving a creative, diverse and inclusive people strategy across the people lifecycle reflective of our vision
  • Creating an ultra-desirable IPSA employer brand and a values based approach to recruitment and retention to attract and nurture great people
  • Enabling IPSA to achieve its ambitious strategy through growing our people and evolving the workplace culture
  • Identifying opportunities to improve IPSA’s people practices to create a healthy, positive, values based culture of high performance
  • Establishing IPSA as a learning organisation and developing a rich and relevant learning curriculum using a mix of materials, platforms and learning styles
  • Actively engaging in an enabling relationship with all across the organisation to enhance personal development, teamwork and continuous improvement
  • Creating a rule book that trusts our people and works for everyone
  • Create a business decision making framework that encourages sensible judgment and supports timely and value for money decisions in relation to people and resources
  • Ensuring rigour around people governance, risks and compliance ensuring regulatory policies and procedures are maintained
  • Supporting IPSA’s regulatory function, working with colleagues on the provision and maintenance of MPs and MP Staff contracts, terms and conditions and job descriptions

You’ll be MCIPD qualified as a minimum; FCIPD qualified is desirable but not essential.  You’ll be passionate about the IPSA culture, values and brand and firmly believe that our people are the most important factor in our success.  You’ll have experience of designing and delivering a creative people strategy and workplace culture change. You’ll dazzle people with your boundless energy, and you’ll have a positive, disruptive influence on how people think, feel and do.  Your outstanding leadership and collaborative approach will build bridges in times of strife and discord and you’ll focus people on what’s right rather than who’s right, common goals rather than differences. Your proactive approach to breaking down barriers and silos will allow us to overcome anything that gets in the way of achieving our strategic objectives and you’ll be politically astute and able to identify potential reputational risk. Above all, you’ll have a great attitude and create space for people development, learning and culture change, empowering people to help shape the IPSA of the future. You’ll be joining a diverse and knowledgeable bunch of people, passionate about making IPSA brilliant and so you’ll need to fit right in.


  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Season ticket loan
  • Access to learning and development
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity; with LGBT+, BAME, and Green workplace groups
  • Civil Service Pension
  • Flexible Working

We are a high-performing organisation that respects diversity and promotes our values through all the work that we do. How to apply: We’re committed to making IPSA a more diverse and inclusive organisation and we choose to recruit, retain and develop people with a diverse mix of skills and experience.  Our inclusive workplace environment welcomes people from all backgrounds and our BAME, Green and LGBT+ networks signal our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity and sustainability.

We’ve adapted our recruitment process during the pandemic, and we run virtual interviews and a virtual onboarding process. Candidates who want to join our team will need access to a secure WIFI network and a private space to work from. Successful candidates will be supplied with equipment for virtual onboarding, training and working from home.  Our office is located in Central London, but we are looking for people based across the UK with the right to work in the UK, with occasional travel to London required.

Our core values are Staying Connected, Seeing The Bigger Picture, Being Open, Doing The Right Thing and Making A Difference.  If you share our values, then we would like to hear from you.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter of a maximum of 400 words to ipsa.recruitment@theipsa.org.uk. Please remove any reference to your:

  • name and title • educational institution names • age and gender • email address • postal address and telephone number • nationality and immigration status

Please ensure that your CV and cover letter does not contain any personal details which could identify you.  We may be unable to consider your application if you do not follow the application guidelines above.  When you submit your application via email to our HR team, your name and email address will only be visible to them and not those who will conduct the shortlisting.  The HR team will contact you if you have been shortlisted.  If you would like further information or an informal discussion please contact our HR team at HR@theipsa.org.uk  

We will be interviewing throughout the application window; We reserve the right to close the advert early depending on the volume of responses. Happy to talk flexible working. By applying you confirm you have the right to work in the UK and have read our Human Resources privacy notice

Key Skills

Interpersonal and influencing skills MCIPD qualified organisational skills People and culture knowledge and skills problem solving skills Self-management

What to expect in the selection process

Taking time to get it right
Expect a thoughtful assessment with The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Head Of People
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority





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Contract Type

Full Time


£ 70K - 70K / Annually
Head Of People
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

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