Job Title: Head of Talent
Line Manager/ Reporting to: Corporate Services Director
Location: Head Office, Magherafelt (with travel to sites & meetings as required)
About us:

Established in 1974, CFM is a multi-award-winning all trades construction and maintenance company servicing clients across the public and private sector. Innovation has been central to the growth of the business, with CFM trusted and valued by clients throughout Northern Ireland.

The business has grown rapidly over the last 5 years and currently employs 230 staff across 5 locations, with ambitious plans to scale to 5,000 team members as part of our 10-year vision to help support the lives of 1 million people throughout the island of Ireland.

As a business, we deliver high-quality maintenance and improvement services within local government, social housing, healthcare and with leading commercial and industrial companies, having responsibility for a portfolio of 40,000+ properties, delivering approximately 2,000 repairs and projects per week.

As a family business, our team are our most important resource, united by our strong company values. Our team are Committed, Focused and Motivated to help achieve our vision to support the lives of 1million People, by maintaining & regenerating 100,000 places, ensuring that our operations create a sustainable Planet for tomorrow.

Your new opportunity:

Reporting directly to the Corporate Services Director, the Head of Talent is responsible for the identification, recruitment, retention and development of talent and performance across CFM’s business units.

You will develop a Talent Strategy for implementation across the business including the management of Training & Development programmes to meet the future needs of the business.

This role is key to delivery of the evolving Talent Strategy as the company grows, as well as supporting business improvement initiatives across the company as may be required working collaboratively with the senior leadership team.

What we offer:

We are a multi-award-winning company with a very exciting 10-year vision and at the heart of this vision is our People and our desire to create a positive impact in all that we do.

As a business we are committed to encourage and inspire in all that we do, motivating our teams to reach their full potential through a collaborative approach focused on building the skills needed for the future.

Key Responsibilities:
Attracting and Retaining Talent
  • In line with the Company’s overall Vision and Strategy, you will work with the Management Team to identify current and future skill and resource gaps, recruiting the requisite Talent where necessary.
  • While reviewing/creating Job Specifications and CPD plans with the managers, identify areas of improvement in the business process and departmental communication.
  • Manage the marketing of new roles to attract the best Talent for each role including managing agencies, referral programmes and social media
  • Assess Talent as part of the interview process to determine the best candidate for the various positions.
  • Ensure new employees are properly inducted embedding onboarding practices that help employees become part of the organisation and makes an active shift towards the contribution to organisational goals.
  • Promote awareness through effective communication of career opportunities across CFM and work to design programmes for high potential team members and career pathways.
Talent Leadership Responsibilities
  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors, develop the CFM Talent Strategy.

Internal and External Relationships and Communication
  • Create effective partnerships with universities, colleges, schools, and apprenticeship providers to attract the next generation, to ensure a pipeline of suitable candidates for openings is maintained.
  • Assisting in the identification and oversee the management of the projects from a senior level
  • On-going liaisons with local Business Development Agencies to ensure support opportunities are availed.

Team Development, Engagement and Performance Management
  • Assume overall responsibility for developing and managing a Company Learning & Development Plan in line with the company’s overall strategic objectives.
  • Talent and career development - creating and managing companywide;
  •           -  talent pools through integrated performance management, succession   
  •           -  planning and the building of future proof skills-based career paths.
  • Talent deployment - managing the deployment/mobility of talent across the organisation.
  • Workforce optimisation - updating company succession plans and identifying successors for senior/critical roles and creating development plans for them to achieve the required skills, coaching the key people to implement the development plan.
  • Review/create innovate leading edge business focused development programs as required:
  1. Training programs
  2. Apprenticeships
  3. Internship/placements
  • Oversee the Appraisal/Performance Management Process ensuring that objective setting is carried out in accordance with the Company’s overall Strategic aims
Policies, Procedures and Contracts
  • Managing and maintaining appropriate contracts for all employees.
  • In conjunction with the role and where applicable, you will be involved in ‘ad-hoc’ Business Improvement initiatives across the Company.
  • Adherence to the Company Health & Safety Policy.
  • Any other duties within reason and capability associated with this role
  • Monthly Scorecard Target Achieved
  • Delivery of digital systems
  • Timelines achieved
  • Positive competency indicators demonstrated
  • PLD progression goals reached

Our Requirements:

Essential Criteria

  • Third level qualification
  • Can demonstrate a fresh, imaginative and innovate approach to:
  1. leading and managing a HR function / department
  2. leading and managing a recruitment/talent function /department
  3. retention of talent
  4. development and improvement of talent
  5. performance management at all levels across the business
  • Competency in HR systems
  •  Available to work flexible hours and to travel as necessary to CFM sites &depots
  •  Current driving licence and vehicle insured for business use

Desirable Criteria

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) status
  • Experience of working with in the Construction Industry
  • A post graduate qualification in human resources or a related discipline e.g., business studies, law, occupational psychology
  • A strong working knowledge of employment law issues in Northern Ireland and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations using a pragmatic and common-sense approach
Our Values at CFM:

Our United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Here at CFM we are passionate about playing our part in maintaining a sustainable planet for all.  By connecting our purpose and values to the UNSDG’s we are ensuring that we keep a strategic and refined focus on achieving and living this daily.

CFM are an equal opportunities employer.
To apply for this job please send a copy or your CV to or contact our HR department for an application form.