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Head of HR

Head of HR

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Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Human Resources

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LACOSTE is above all a legend


The legend of a fantastic tennis player, René Lacoste, a member of the famous French "Musketeers" Davis Cup Team and a star of the courts at Wimbledon, Forest Hills and Roland Garros.


The true story of "the Crocodile" dates back to 1927. René Lacoste liked to recount how this nickname came about and ultimately became a brand of worldwide renown.


“I was nicknamed "the Crocodile" by the American press, after I made a bet with the captain of the French Davis Cup Team. The public must have been fond of this nickname which conveyed the tenacity I displayed on the tennis courts, never letting go of my prey.”


In 1933, René Lacoste founded a company to manufacture the perfect tennis shirt. The original “1212” pique polo shirt featured the now legendary embroidered crocodile on the left breast - Lacoste was born and revolutionised sportswear and branding within sport.


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.



In 1991 Pentland became the worldwide licensee for Lacoste footwear and in 2018 the two will come together to leverage the global reach of both brands for the growth of this iconic brand.


The JV aims to be renowned for its premium quality and innovative footwear, with an emphasis on sports-influenced styles.


The key purpose of the role as Head of HR:

Working with two legacy businesses to achieve the mutual goal of creating an exciting proposition for the future of Lacoste footwear.


Reporting into the JV CEO and working as part of the Leadership team, the role holder will identify key people and organisation levers that will enable the delivery of commercial performance and build a people plan that delivers against these. This role will participate in the set-up of the JV and advise both the Leadership team and the JV Board on all People-related matters including the development of the Vision and Strategy as well as an engaging culture for this new entity.




Strategy and Executive Team

  • As a member of the JV leadership team, design and deliver the Lacoste Footwear HR people plan aligned with the strategic business goals
  • Working with the JV CEO, deliver an approach to building the effectiveness of the Lacoste Leadership team



  • Lead the organisation’s engagement approach by using insights to develop solutions
  • Lead the approach to internal communications and take ownership in facilitating the leadership community to drive a culture of involvement


Talent and Capability

  • Accountable for the development of the global talent bench for the function, working with Centres of Expertise (Pentland HR Shared Services)
  • Work with JV leadership to identify functional capability requirements to deliver strategic business objectives and develop plans to address gaps and build capability for the future


Organisation Development

  • Design and define appropriate roles and accountabilities for the JV organisation and manage the change proactively working with both Lacoste and Pentland where appropriate



  • Lead the senior level decision-making for day-to-day people management matters, as well as contributing to the strategic direction of the business


Reporting and Insights

  • Accountable for people insights reporting and providing the leadership team with strategic and individual colleague performance and identify risks and opportunities



                         What you need to have


  • Extensive Senior Leadership partnering experience
  • Commercial mindset
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Global experience, particularly European reach
  • Evidence of strong execution against a clear plan
  • Experience of working in a matrix environment within complex structures
  • Ability to analyse complex data and produce tangible insights
  • Ability to engage people of all levels of seniority to keep the organisation moving
  • Experience of designing organisations
  • Experience of delivering multiple change projects

                    What we need to see in you


  • Joint Venture experience
  • Start Up experience
  • Degree educated or equivalent
  • Coaching/Exec development
  • French language skills (fluent)


This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.