Head of People

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

Location London, Victoria, SW1

Position Full time

Salary £65,000 - £70,000

Application deadline 8 March 2021
The application deadline for this role has passed

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT) are a group of sixteen grant-making charitable trusts managed through a joint office employing around 95 staff in Victoria.

Each trust is a separate legal entity, created by a different member of the Sainsbury family who have developed different ways of working. The trusts have their own distinct priorities in grant-making, their own separate board of trustees and their own reporting. They tend to work proactively, with an expert team of trust executives seeking out suitable charities to support, and sometimes directing highly focused programmes of work.

While some trusts have been operating for over 50 years in well-established fields, others are much newer and reflect the enthusiasm of younger family members to tackle contemporary issues.

The SFCT office also hosts eight charitable companies, including: Ashden, an operational charity, which supports sustainable energy pioneers to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world as well as Gatsby Africa, which delivers projects in East Africa across a variety of sectors, aimed at reducing poverty.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the newly established role of Head of People is responsible for the strategic development and operational delivery of HR and OD support across all the trusts and charitable companies (with the one exception of Gatsby Africa, which has an international workforce and its own HR team). 

The role is evolving to reflect the changing needs of SFCT, and so the postholder will have some scope to review and adapt the detailed responsibilities and required level of support in consultation with the COO.

The postholder manages a small team and is required to flex between strategy and development role and a hands-on HR operational role.

To apply

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Your application should comprise a CV along with a supporting statement summarising your proven ability related to the key responsibilities and accountabilities of the role and the person specification.

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role, please contact our recruitment partner:

Simon Lloyd, Director, NFP Consulting

T: 07961 988 523        


There is a two stage selection process.

First Interviews: 18th or 19th March

Second interviews: 25th or 26th March

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