Executive HR Jobs

Oakleaf Executive Search was established to serve the increasing demand for outstanding customer service and delivery. We have an unparalleled reach, both UK and globally, across all industry sectors and HR functions.

We have a number of executive HR roles that could prove the perfect fit. At Oakleaf, our aim is to match the individual to the right HR executive role and ensure a positive outcome for both company and candidate.

Read on for more information on the HR director jobs we currently have available, the latest news and updates in the sector, as well as why we’ve come to be regarded as the leading executive HR recruiters in the country.

Current HR executive jobs

As specialists in HR executive recruitment, we have a proven track record of placing people in a number of HR director jobs at all levels of seniority and across all sectors.

We pride ourselves on finding the ideal candidates for both UK and global HR executive jobs., and you can find a selection of our current vacancies below.  If our current executive HR roles are not quite what you’re looking for, please do reach out to one of the team, or you can register for job alerts in just a few simple steps.

News in executive HR roles

If you want to stay in touch with all the latest developments in HR executive recruitment, we have all the information you need right here.

With a number of research and insight contributions from our expert team, including market updates, thought leadership, interviews and more, you’ll be kept fully abreast of everything related to executive HR positions across the UK and internationally.

Why choose Oakleaf as executive HR recruiters?

There are a number of reasons why Oakleaf is widely regarded as one of the top HR executive search firms in the country:

  • With a proven track record of delivery in HR and Reward going back over 20 years, Oakleaf Executive is the market leader among HR search firms. Our global network is unrivalled and our brand is synonymous with excellence and delivery across all of the HR disciplines.
  • Our business is built on five key values: courage, integrity, innovation, passion, and diversity, and you can be sure that we stay true to those principles no matter what.
  • We deliver a wide range of HR, Reward & Change solutions via our Executive HR Interim specialism, drawing on our outstanding network of professional interims.
  • No need for a full-time resource? Our part-time offering can deliver the ideal executive HR candidate to suit your business needs.
  • Our proven track record of placing HR director jobs in top companies has seen us pick up many awards including being named as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain as well as a Recruiter Magazine HOT 100
  • We are passionate about diversity and inclusion and champion a fair and inclusive search process, sourcing the very best executive HR talent irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We put talent before background, challenge bias and always recommend the best person for the role.
  • Our customers range from FTSE100 businesses to private equity-backed startups. We cover all industry sectors, both in the UK and internationally.
  • We are solely Human Resources focused with a team that has over 75 years’ combined HR executive search experience.
  • Our ability to find the ideal candidates for a number of UK and global HR executive jobs has been rewarded with a range of glowing testimonials from satisfied parties, some of which you can read here.

Our team: Experts in placing HR director jobs

We’re extremely proud of our family here at Oakleaf. We like to think our team feel the same way and we were thrilled to be named a ‘Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For’ three years in a row. We take good care of our people, and they look after our clients in the same way. That’s why we’re one of the leading executive HR recruiters in the country.

You can find out more about our approach by meeting our dedicated team of professionals.

Get in touch about HR director jobs today

Whether you’re seeking executive HR jobs in the UK or overseas, allow Oakleaf Executive to help you.

If you want to receive notifications of any executive HR roles that become available, you can join the executive mailing list . For those on an HR director search, or with any questions about HR director jobs, executive HR recruitment or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


News in Executive HR Jobs

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Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Katrina has placed me in two HR Director roles in Financial Services over the years. Both roles have been a perfect fit for me – and I would like to think the organisations I became part of have been happy too.  I really don’t think I would have found either of these opportunities or been successful in pursuing them, without Kat’s involvement.

Not only is Katrina personable, professional, responsive and easy to work with, she is also extremely focused on getting the right outcome for candidates and firms alike. It is clear that Katrina carefully considers not just skills and experience but also overall fit, when she matches candidates to roles. She has actually put me in front of very few of her clients, but with a very high success rate – this tailored approach makes her unique and an invaluable resource for candidates and firms.

Once you have been put forward for a role something that Katrina does extremely well is brief you on what to expect in terms of process and each of the people you are meeting. She also solicits and provides very constructive and productive feedback and is very clear on where one stands in a process.  This means that as a candidate you are able to perform at your best through the assessment process, and also that there are few surprises at offer stage. That is helpful to both candidates and firms and means the process is quicker and smoother at the final stage.

In my experience, Katrina represents the client she works for, and the role, incredibly accurately to you as a candidate.  I have also always felt 100% confident that I am well (and accurately) represented by her as a candidate, partly because Katrina really understands the HR space and partly because she builds long term relationships with her candidates and gets to know them very well.

Finally, I really admire Katrina’s forthrightness and ability to get to the point quickly and get stuff done,  whilst remaining personable and supportive at the same time.  I regularly recommend Katrina to my peers both from a candidate and a hiring perspective.

Mica Ross, Head of Human Resources, Numis Securities

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I have been an Executive Interim via Oakleaf Executive for over 18 months, and from placement to contract renewals, to helping me navigate IR35, they have been fantastic.

The whole team are always on hand to offer any support when I need it.

Oakleaf Executive values long term relationships, and this is what they have built with me over the period.

They check in with me regularly and are at the end of the phone when I need them, as an interim I couldn’t be in safer hands.

Emma Calvert - Change Management, Organisation Effectiveness & HR Implementation Lead, Old Mutual.

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I have been working with Katrina and the team @Oakleaf, both as a candidate and a client, for the last 10 years.

As a candidate, Katrina has personally placed me in two roles during that time, both of which were aligned not only to my capability and relevant experience, but to my interests and career ambitions. This was only possible because Katrina took the time to ask the right questions, understand my drivers, think outside the box and get to know "me".

I have subsequently recommended Katrina to many ex-colleagues looking for new, and especially, senior level opportunities.

As a client, Katrina and her team are highly responsive, communicate effectively, ensure a smooth running process and take the time to present both the candidate profiles I ask for, and the left field options that they instinctively know will work. The latter most recently evidenced by the hire I have recently made to my team @Xceptor.

Would highly recommend.

Head of Talent, Xceptor.

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Jamie has been a great partner throughout the entire interview and hiring process. There are times when working in different time zones can be challenging but our partnership proves working globally works even during a pandemic.

During the challenging time the world is in, Jamie continued to stay present ensuring I was informed on where BNY Mellon was in the hiring process. This was a great comfort when wondering if the position was moving forward.

Jamie was professional in managing both his relationship with the client and me, as the candidate. I appreciate his honesty, insights and continued support. Jamie is very knowledgeable in the Rewards space and thoroughly prepared me during the interview and contract process. I would recommend Jamie and Oakleaf for anyone looking for the next step in their Rewards career.

Cindy Lukas, Global Head of Benefits, Bank of New York Mellon

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I have been hugely impressed with the professionalism of Katrina Stewart and Jenny Scrivener on search and executive interim placements across Financial Services HR.

They were really personable and listened to me.

Their market knowledge and intelligence was second to none.

Their advice and guidance was amazing and were not afraid to push back on me when my ideas went astray.

I am very much indebted to Oakleaf Executive. They are the only consultancy that I have felt actually cared about their candidates as much as their clients.

It's a long term relationship to be built on. A huge heartfelt thank you.

Kay Pumfrey, Global HR Director, Financial Services

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Oakleaf provided an excellent, professional and open response to my request to work together to source and secure a new global Head of HR for Henderson. Excellent in the quality and diverse backgrounds of the candidates that they sourced and the in-depth analysis on each candidate; professional in how they dealt with me, Henderson and the candidates; and open in the ease in which we were able to discuss the profile of the role, the candidates and agree on the shortlist and final selection.

The fact that we recruited the existing interim head of HR is itself a testament to Oakleaf. They presented each candidate equally and fairly, whilst being incredibly helpful in identifying the relative strengths of each candidate, but did not push for a result.

As well as excellent service, I enjoyed working with Oakleaf and would recommend them to others.

Roger Thompson - Finance Director, Henderson Global Investors

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

In relation to a recent senior HR appointment within our organisation I found Oakleaf Partnership to be professional in every way in fulfilling the assignment. They quickly formulated a comprehensive insight into our business and the specific requirements of the role. I have no hesitation in recommending Oakleaf Partnership as a specialist customer focused recruitment partner within the HR and Payroll disciplines.


Adrian Roche - Managing Director, Signature Senior Lifestyle

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I was referred to Katrina Stewart when my organization was looking for a Head of Human Resources. Katrina immediately grasped the role and the complexity. She sourced and presented candidates in line with the recruitment process we discussed at the beginning, showed her ability to identify candidates right for our business.

Lisa Erhle – MD – Capital Dynamics LLP

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I have worked with Richard and Oakleaf for some years and have complete confidence in all the Oakleaf team. I have valued not only their HR knowledge and expertise but also their business perspective.

Simon Lloyd - Head of HR & Company Secretary, Santander (UK)

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Oakleaf Partnership have been a valuable talent acquisition partner and their service has always been excellent. Their understanding of the business needs and culture of our organisation has enabled them to provide us with high calibre applicants. They have always been professional, honest and reliable and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.  In particular, it has been a pleasure working with Katrina who I highly recommend as a professional, diligent and extremely competent senior consultant who helped us find the right talent and identified critical talent for our organization.

Grant King – Head of HR, TD Securities

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Although a new supplier to Centrica, Jade and her team look like they are on target to fill 100% of the external roles that we've given them so far. Jade has been a delight to deal with, she's bright, bubbly and full of enthusiasm. Her subject matter knowledge means that she knows what will work and what won't, especially when it comes to the candidates that she puts forward. Her energy means that she seems to work tirelessly.

Personally, I like the way that Jade is constantly reviewing her position and corralling her colleagues to deliver a joined-up solution across multiple areas within Reward. I have no hesitation in recommending both Jade and Oakleaf as highly trusted partners.

Mark Lawton - Senior Resourcing Business Partner, Centrica

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Oakleaf Partnership did an excellent job for us! They produced a high-quality “long list” of well-qualified candidates in a short period of time in our search for a Global HR Director. From this, I was able to select a strong short list for our final decision. The approach of Oakleaf was professional, thoughtful and responsive, and I would recommend them as a company.

Brian Gosschalk - Ipsos, Head of the Office of the Presidents

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

The Towergate HR Exec and I have been delighted to form a strategic partnership with Oakleaf throughout 2015 & 2016.  Working together we have successfully recruited HR leaders & professionals in Service Delivery, Transformation, Reward and Business Partnering.  Client focus, integrity and constant straightforward communication are the strengths we value most, resulting in great candidates that fit our business and deliver results.

Catherine Lynch – Group HR Director, Towergate Insurance

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

We have used Oakleaf for a number of roles and they have delivered excellent candidates. Their knowledge of the HR market is thorough and they seem to build a great rapport with candidates.

Jim Richardson - Santander UK

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Having worked with Oakleaf over a number of years, both as a client and a candidate, I can say that their advice and knowledge of the HR profession and the marketplace has given us confidence in the solutions, support and ultimately the candidates they offer.

Candidate experience has been exemplary with careful matching of candidate to organisation and support offered once in post.

From a company perspective, insightful questioning and probing alongside their extensive market database enables successful and confident hiring.

Charlotte Sword - Partner, Global Head of Human Resources

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