Human Resources (HR) at Clarks isn’t about telling people what to do. Or doing it for them. HR is here to help managers to be better at what they do, and support them in getting even more out of their teams. Which is especially important at the moment when you consider the plans we have for further international growth!
We listen to what our people tell us and work to make Clarks a great place to work. We also look after all our organisational values and people practices. It’s very much business first and HR second - definitely not HR for HR’s sake.
There are two main areas to our work:
- Specialists. These are small teams focused on Talent, Reward and Engagement. They bring their thinking and insight to create our organisational approaches and tools to support our generalists and business areas.
- Generalists. These teams are close to the business, and support managers to help them achieve what they need to through their people. They also ensure that our people have all the services they need - from new starters receiving their contracts to checking that our 12,000 people get paid on time.
Our people strategy is a big part of everything Clarks does, so we have a big influence on the business. We’re a lot more than just a support function. We’re currently focusing on employee engagement and building on our heritage and values as an employer for more than 185 years. We’re still working hard to make Clarks an even better place to work, and linked to this we’re developing a global employer brand and proposition.
Typical roles include ...
- HR Business Partner
- HR Manager
- HR Advisor
- Resourcing Manager
- Reward Manager
- Payroll Manager
- Learning and Development Manager
- PAs and Administrators
Spotlight on an ... HR Advisor
HR is at the heart of the Clarks business. We couldn’t do what we do without them – they’re crucial to our bold growth plans. Because without the right people with the right skills in the right jobs, our vision would remain just that, a vision. Our HR Advisors are people people. They’re on hand to provide expert advice and guidance to managers across our stores, distribution centres and business support functions, helping them to manage and get the best out of their people.
So, what sort of work will you be involved in? Let’s take a look at the role of HR Advisor to our UK stores. The first thing to say is that it’s a big remit, a varied one too, from making sure that we’re recruiting the best people for our jobs to enhancing the way on-the-ground managers apply HR policy.
You’ll also be involved in managing absence, overseeing projects from an HR perspective and delivering employee relations training events. You’ll spend time with the Regional and Area Managers so that you can fully under their HR needs and what we can do to meet them. And without wanting to bang the drum too much, HR is recognised as being a crucial part of the wider business, today and in the future.