HR Manager, part time 21 hours per week with some homeworking

SW1P 3HE, London (Greater)
£45,000 pro rata, or negotiable day rate if on a self-employed basis
02 Nov 2021
01 Dec 2021

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research is Britain’s oldest, and one of its most prestigious independent research institutes. We specialise in applied social and economic research, combining high academic standards with relevance to policy making. Our reputation for quality and independence, outstanding networks, and unrivalled location at the heart of Westminster makes us the ideal base to build a national profile for academic or policy research that makes real impact.

We are seeking an interim HR Manager to join the Business Support Team to cover a period of maternity leave commencing early February. The successful applicant could be engaged either on a 1-year fixed term contract, or on a self-employed consultancy basis. We are currently working remotely with occasional attendance at the office, but plan to return to office towards the end of the year. Staff will have the option of working from home a couple of days a week.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing an HR function which provides high quality HR support to NIESR’s staff team of around 50. This will include providing a business partnering service to the SteerCo and the institute’s line managers, identifying key areas for improvement and working strategically with SteerCo to implement an HR strategy that addresses these, and reviewing and maintaining HR/payroll administration procedures to ensure that all transactional processes run smoothly and accurately.

The essential requirements we are looking for in the successful candidate are:


  1. CIPD qualified, or equivalent.
  2. Researching, developing and implementing effective policies and practices on a range of HR issues.
  3. Delivering services related to a range of HR issues including recruitment and selection, performance management, reward, employee engagement, and employee relations (including management of formal procedures)
  4. Working with trade unions.
  5. Providing effective HR and employee relations advice to managers to a senior level.
  6. Manging multiple conflicting priorities to meet specific deadlines.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. Up-to-date knowledge of current issues and thinking in HR and sound understanding of the potential contribution of human resources strategy to the success of an organisation.
  2. Solid working knowledge of employment law.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to adapt these appropriately to the audience.
  4. High level of attention to detail.

To apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a supporting statement of no more than 1500 words setting how you meet the essential requirements outlined above. Please number each point and address these one at a time to ensure that we can fully consider how your experience, skills and abilities meet the needs of the post.  Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the role.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 21st November.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 2nd December.

The role will commence early February 2022.