Cawood is one of Europe’s leading scientific groups providing laboratory analysis, field services and contract research to the agriculture, food and environmental sectors. Cawood is also part of Ensign Bickford Industries, a US based science and technology organisation based in Denver. Given Cawood’s recent history of growth through acquisition and innovation led organic growth, the business has achieved an excellent critical mass within a fragmented sector and now has a unique opportunity to bring all the entities together to drive growth both for colleagues and customers.

Reporting to the CEO and as a member of the Cawood Senior Leadership Team, the HR Director will play a vital role in leading the HR strategy of the business and enabling it to succeed in this mission. The role will focus on continuing to imbed the HR fundamentals and foundations across the business relevant to a business of 800+ colleagues. The HR Director will review, recommend and recruit the right HR structure, team and resources to lead the HR strategy and, through effective organisational design, be true business partners to the Senior Leadership Team and wider business ensuring alignment to the strategy, cultural development plan and group objectives. The HR Director will also join the global EBI Senior HR team, and both contribute to and benefit from the wider group’s investment in talent management tools and processes.

Cawood is a very practical, ‘can do’ company so suitable candidates must be very experienced HR generalists that share this approach to driving change. The HR Director will have a clear vision for Cawood HR excellence but also demonstrate the practical experience, ‘boots on the ground’ approach and adaptable communication style to lead this change management programme at a pace applicable to the colleagues in the business.

For more information on this unique and exciting opportunity, please contact Helen Lodge on or 020 3795 7735. All applications and enquiries will be forwarded to Eden Search & Select who are exclusively retained by Cawood on this project.

To find out more about our current opportunities, please call 0113 834 6634.

You can also request a call back

Follow us

Oakgate House, 25 Market Place, Wetherby, Leeds LS22 6LQ
33 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4JS