HR Manager, Surbiton, Surrey

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Surbiton High SchoolSurbiton, Surrey
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Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Maternity Cover

Surbiton High School is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England. Schools within United Learning work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our intranet site, United Hub, is just one example of how we share resources and communicate across sites, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance. We reward our staff: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately the satisfaction of supporting schools in their quest to give every child the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.

A generalist HR Management role, providing support and guidance to the Principal and Senior Leadership Team in relation to all HR activities

Key Responsibilities:

  • Populating job adverts and producing job descriptions and person specifications in liaison with Heads of Department
  • Posting job adverts to the relevant sites, including further developing the use of social media
  • Coordinating the shortlisting process
  • Organising and coordinating recruitment days, including scheduling, room bookings, collating lesson topics, drawing up in-tray tasks, making reference requests, creating interview packs, meeting and greeting candidates upon arrival, and shuttling candidates between interview tasks
  • Making job offers and declining unsuccessful candidates
  • Producing offer letters and contracts of employment and sending out offer packs
  • Meeting with new starters following their appointment in order to obtain the necessary paperwork
  • Ensuring new employees meet all of the safeguarding requirements prior to joining the School
  • Supporting line managers with the probation process for new employees
  • Conducting Educational Support Staff inductions
  • Ensuring that the required regulatory standards are adhered to in conducting and recording the necessary pre-employment checks, and that structures, systems and documentation are in place to support this
  • Ensuring that the School’s Single Central Record is maintained to the required regulatory standards, and that structures, systems and documentation are in place to support this
  • Monitoring absences, producing absence reports, holding return to work and absence meetings with staff as necessary
  • Ensuring the sickness and absence policies are adhered to and that absences are correctly recorded
  • Supporting the Business Director and Assistant Principal for Staff Development with the annual appraisal process
  • Assisting the Principal and Senior Leadership Team in the management of disciplinary, competency and grievance procedures in accordance with United Learning policy and procedure
  • Liaising with United Learning to ensure proposed actions are in line with Group policy and guidelines
  • Liaising with United Learning schools and beyond to share ideas and develop best practice in HR management in schools
  • Drafting ad hoc letters
  • Managing the maternity and paternity leave processes
  • Conducting exit interviews and reporting on these
  • Dealing with day-to-day HR enquiries from staff, keeping the Principal fully informed
  • Liaising with the Finance Team over pay and pension queries
  • Providing administrative support for the execution of United Learning HR policy and procedure
  • Line management of the HR Administrator

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

  • Good First Degree in any discipline
  • A relevant CIPD or similar HR qualification
  • Experience of HR management in a commercial or school environment
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Record of developing and sustaining positive working relationships with colleagues
  • Experience handling investigations, disciplinaries, grievances and appeals from start to finish
  • Excellent attention to detail and administrative skills
  • High levels of personal and professional organization, integrity, discretion and confidentiality
  • Sound judgement and the ability to take difficult decisions to resolve issues, especially when under pressure
  • Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively both orally and in writing
  • Commitment to the use of current and emerging technologies to enhance the educational offering and administration of the School
  • A passion for excellence and a willingness to engage in the life of the School community so as to support our vision and values

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.
For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following

Closing date: 8:00am, Wednesday 20 June 2018
Interviews to be held on an ad hoc basis as applications are received, so please submit your application ASAP

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