Location: The HEART Education Trust (Norwich)
Salary: £38,187 – £44,699
Job Type: Permanent; full-time (flexible working arrangements possible)
Start Date: September 2021
This is an exciting opportunity for an HR professional in the academies sector to work with a dynamic and growing company. You will have several years’ operational experience as an HR professional, a solid understanding of STPCD and burgundy book, and experience working with trade unions. This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking to advance to the next stage of their career, partnering with department managers and academy headteachers across the Trust to deliver people-related processes, vision and strategy. As well as full responsibility for the management of day-to-day HR operations, you will develop and implement HR processes and procedures that address and solve business problems and directly contribute to the long-term strategic objectives of the Trust. You will be the bridge between HR operations and the Trust’s strategic objectives, making improvements in systems and processes and contributing to our growth.
We are a small company (c. 160 employees), meaning you will manage a team of only two employees and be heavily involved in the HR, pensions and payroll operations of the Trust. However, you will also have the freedom and support to design and deliver organisational change and strategic vision. This is a brand new post, meaning you have the opportunity to shape the role and make your mark. As the Trust grows, this role will grow with it, making it an excellent next step in your career. We are also keen to support your development further, so that in future years you will be ready for an HR Director role.
You will have:
- appropriate qualifications to the importance and seniority of the role (CIPD Level 7; Associate or Chartered member of CIPD)
- proven HR generalist experience of 3 to 5 years within the education sector
- experience of dealing with trade unions and their representatives
- a thorough understanding of STPCD, burgundy book and green book and a good understanding of HR in the academies sector
- exceptional organisational and communication skills
- proven leadership capabilities and solid knowledge of employment legislation and its application
- strong customer service and problem solving skills and be a proactive team player
- an ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion and diplomacy
- self-motivation and be able to work under own autonomy or as part of a team
Although this is advertised as a full time role, we will consider flexible and part time arrangements to suit the right candidate, including term-time only work (pro-rated salary). The Trust is based in Norwich, with limited hot desking facilities available at Henderson Green Primary Academy (NR5). However, our business support units (including the HR department) currently work from home. This is a Trust based role and will require post holder to move between Trust sites as and when required.
About The HEART Education Trust
The HEART Education Trust is a Norwich based trust, consisting of 4 Primary schools with approximately 1,000 pupils. The HEART Education Trust is committed to improving the life-chances of children and young people through excellence in education, encouraging pupils to challenge themselves and hold high aspirations in their academic learning, personal and social development. We encourage pupils within our family of Trust Academies to challenge both the self and externally imposed restrictions, to hold high aspirations for their futures and to develop a thirst for learning. Our Trust Academies aim to ensure that our pupils are well prepared to make the most of future opportunities as citizens within an ever-changing world.
Here is what our staff have to say about The HEART Education Trust and working within it:-
“The inclusion team at Heart Education Trust are always there to support teachers and support staff. This welcoming and thoroughly experienced team is always ready with resources, advice and guidance in supporting teachers and support staff with adapting their lessons to meet the needs of all of their learners. The Inclusion team are known within the Trust for their well-resourced and highly professional training sessions.” (Teacher in Trust school)
“One of the main reasons I enjoy working for The HEART Education Trust is the strong sense of community and teamwork that runs throughout the schools. All staff are dedicated to providing the best possible education they can for the children and do this successfully by supporting each other and working collaboratively.” (Deputy Head in Trust school)
If you are motivated and excited to join our amazing team and make a lasting difference to young peoples’ lives, we would be delighted to meet you.
Please see the recruitment pack below for full job description and details and complete and return the attached application form to us by email us at HR@thehearteducationtrust.co.uk.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced D.B.S. and full pre-employment checks. This post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.
We will take references prior to interview, and all posts are subject to a probationary period.
Closing Date: 8 August 2021; interviews 11 and 12 August 2021