Hiring Six Health & Safety Business Partners for Keepmoat Homes

20 January 2020 by Jonathan Goldsmith
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Keepmoat Homes is a £600m British house-building business, headquartered in Doncaster. The organisation focuses on developing affordable, sustainable homes across the UK, with 75% of Keepmoat’s customers being first time buyers.

Acre were tasked with building a team of 6 Regional Health & Safety Business Partners to enable a cultural transformation of Keepmoat’s Health & Safety function.

This transformation was to help ensure a collective vision that extends beyond systems and compliance and which focuses on people and behaviour, to create a positively reinforced learning culture. The candidates had to have worked at a senior-level within a large corporate, and had to have experience of driving cultural change programmes.

We placed six dynamic senior H&S professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including construction, property management and utilities.

There were many constraints, including time and geography. This meant working very closely with the HS&S Director over an 8 week period to effectively plan two rounds of interviewing for each region, as well as coordinating Frameworks report generation and feedback sessions with both candidate and client.

The roles were incredibly niche, which meant candidates with extensive change management experience were hard to find. We overcame this by mapping out the market by region, using Acre’s network and interviewing each candidate against a pre-determined set of behavioural competencies as outlined in Acre Frameworks. This process was incredibly well received by key stakeholders and canidates alike.

"The feedback provided from the assessment process run by Acre Frameworks has enabled Keepmoat to fully analyse and understand the development needs of its senior SHEQ team. This is invaluable to Keepmoat as although the managers have the right technical skills, there is a need for them to have stronger management and leadership skills as their roles evolve in a growing business." - Tony Leach, Director of Health, Safety and Environment

Though the 6 placements are part of a 3-year strategy, each candidate has begun the transformation process with initial success. In particular, they have been influential in changing the mindset and behaviours of the regional and divisional leadership teams in making H&S everyone’s responsibility, not just the H&S teams.

"Ultimately, Acre distinguished themselves in their value proposition which is why we appointed them. What set them apart further was their delivery of an ambitious and complex project comprising the selection and recruitment of multiple senior people." - Nick Martens, Group Health, Safety and Sustainability Director

To discuss similar positions, or how we can help you find the right people for your team, please contact Johnny Goldsmith from our Environment, Health and Safety team via jonathan.goldsmith@acre.com​.

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