The role of a HR director

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HR directors are what most HR generalists aspire to become. So competition for these jobs in South Africa is always high.  Find out more about these sought-after roles.

As the HR director, you will oversee an HR team and work closely with the chief executive officer, finance director and senior stakeholders, supporting overall business objectives and strategies. You will be responsible for all employee based activity within the company from both an operational and strategic perspective. 

 

The HR director role covers many areas including: resource planning and recruitment; training; managing as well as being the first point of contact for all employee related issues. You may also manage the salary review process, payroll and all compensation and benefit issues for the entire company. 

Employers will look for someone who is currently a senior HR business partner, head of HR or an HR director looking for a career change.

Employers will look for someone who is currently a senior HR business partner, head of HR or an HR director looking for a career change. Specific sector experience is generally considered important at this level, particularly in financial and professional services. But there is likely to be crossover between closely aligned sectors within commerce (e.g. retail and FMCG, media and advertising and telecommunications and technology). You will need stability and clear career progression on CVs and be able to demonstrate:

  • Previous experience of managing a HR team
  • Commercial understanding of the business
  • Knowledge of the positive impact of HR on the bottom line
  • Credible representation of HR at board level
  • Occupational development, change and restructuring experience

In an HR director role you will also need great interpersonal and communication skills, excellent commercial acumen, and to be results-focused.

In South Africa an HR director can expect to earn anything between R900 - 1.2m per annum depending on experience, location and speciality. For further insight into HR salaries access Robert Walters Salary Survey.

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For more career advice please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0) 11 881 2414

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