Human Resources Manager, Part time

Aldridge Education schools based in Brighton (Brighton Aldridge Academy, BN1 9PW; Portslade Aldridge
c£42k pro-rated dependant on experience
03 Sep 2020
18 Sep 2020
Contract Type

Human Resources Manager (Part-Time)

Reports to: Human Resources Director

Responsible to: Principals

Location: Aldridge Education schools in Brighton (Brighton Aldridge Academy, BN1 9PW; Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, BN41 2WS)

Salary Range: c£42k pro-rated dependant on experience

An opportunity has arisen for a part-time HR Manager to provide the full HR remit to two schools based in Brighton and to support with the implementation of national HR initiatives.  There will be remote support, but this role is essentially a standalone position and as such will involve a mixture of advisory and administration responsibilities.  As the HR function is yet to be fully embedded the right candidate must be prepared to work in an evolving HR environment.

This is a challenging role which offers the opportunity to make your mark in Human Resources.


The HR Manager works closely with school leaders to support and undertake case management, provide training, give advice and guidance, and ensure that all Trust policies are followed in all actions taken.  Additionally, the postholder oversees and maintains effective employee relations and retention programs through proper planning, direction, leadership and evaluation to enable a highly skilled, competent, and committed workforce.

This role is a purely operational, stand-alone position and as such there is a requirement to undertake both advisory and administrative elements of HR.

The role will be supported by a HR Advisor who acts as a shared resource for the Aldridge education schools in the South of England.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide on-site and remote, proactive support and undertake case management work in the allocated schools.
  • Undertake DBS checks and maintain SCR
  • Provide appropriate advice and guidance to school leaders, ensuring that advice is in line with Trust policies and best practice.
  • Partner with organisational leaders to gather feedback and make recommendations on HR policies to help align programs with organisational goals.
  • Evaluate, recommend and implement programs supporting strategic people initiatives.
  • Act as a liaison to bridge communication of corporate policies and practices to all Trust schools.
  • Investigate employee complaints and grievances and recommend corrective actions.
  • Establish and implement processes to properly on-board new employees.
  • Undertake administration of key employment information and records including;
  • New hire
  • Benefits
  • Payroll
  • Holiday tracking
  • Sick Leave 
  • Conduct exit interviews and off-boarding procedures, analysing information gathered in these processes to help develop retention strategies and reduce turnover.
  • Oversee employment needs and /or programmes that support staffing, such as managing temporary employees, alternative work schedules etc.
  • Liaise with appropriate school staff on the various activities associated with recruiting, working closely with school PAs and Principals in relation to:
  • Employee requisitions
  • Job descriptions
  • Job postings
  • Candidate sourcing and screening
  • Job offers
  • Provide coaching and guidance to management and employees in dealing with employment related issues and / or concerns.
  • Ensure that school leaders are kept updated on current legal requirements and guidance.
  • Drive the performance management process and provide coaching to line managers to ensure the continuous development of employees.
  • Support the Trust and its schools in the co-ordination and management of training and training programmes and records.
  • Support schools in the production of the annual school workforce census through accurate record keeping and data cleansing.

Person Specification:

  • Willingness to work operationally whilst demonstrating the ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to operate in a consultative manner.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise multiple projects.
  • Evidence of solid understanding of employment law.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office.
  • Broad generalist HR experience with strong influencing skills.
  • Good understanding of the education sector.
  • 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths
  • Minimum CIPD level 5 qualification or equivalent demonstration of successful management experience in:

Recruitment, Selection and Retention, Employee & Labour Relations, Performance Management, Policy & Process Development, Change or Project Management

Aldridge Education is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This post is therefore subject to an acceptable enhanced DBS disclosure, a full career history and two strong and personally addressed references from recent employers, of which one must be your most recent employer.  These will be taken up prior to interview unless requested otherwise.  Candidates should declare upon application any cautions, warnings or convictions held. 

Our aim is to ensure that we recruit the right person for the job. We will ensure that the selection process is fair and without discrimination for or against any candidate based on age, ethnicity, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. The person specification sets out the criteria used to assess candidates through the selection process.

Applications:  Please send a covering letter and CV ensuring that you demonstrate how your experience and skills make you suitable for the position by close of business 18th September 2020.

Shortlisting:  We assess all applications against the person specification criteria using the evidence you provide in your application. This is done by a panel of senior staff. We carefully check all applications for anomalies.

Candidates: Candidates who best meet the person specification will be invited to an interview. Interviews and associated assessment activities are likely to be conducted both pre and post application deadline. Due to Covid19 interviews are likely to take place via Microsoft Teams. 

Our successful candidate will ideally join us by mid-October 2020.

Interview Process: The interview will consist of assessment activities and a formal interview. These are designed to allow you to demonstrate your skills and abilities.

Offer of Employment: We will make a verbal offer of conditional employment by telephone within 72 hours of the interview and this will be confirmed in writing.  Any offer is made is conditional upon:

•          References (inc current employer) satisfactory to us

•          A satisfactory DBS check

•          Provision of proof to work in the United Kingdom

•          Verification of qualifications

Probationary Period: The post is subject to a six-month probationary period. On successful completion of probation, the post will become permanent.

Please apply with your CV and covering letter via the application method below.