SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: HR Business Partner

SUCCESSFULLY APPOINTED: HR Business Partner - South London

£30,000 - £45,000 depending on experience - Anglican - Human Resources
Ref: 70 Date Posted: Monday 15 Feb 2021
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HR Business Partner

Salary: £30,000 - £45,000 depending on experience
​Location: SE London/Kent/Surrey borders (travel between schools is expected)
Contract Type: Full Time
Contract Term: Permanent
Start Date: As soon as possible

The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Multi-Academy Trust (SDBE MAT) is seeking to appoint a CIPD qualified (or equivalent) HR Business Partner to be responsible for the operation and development of the HR function within the Trust.

We are a growing, Church of England Trust looking to expand rapidly over the coming years and are seeking an HR professional who can grow with the organisation whilst building a service that will meet the varied needs of our schools.  There will be 10 schools joining the Trust in the 2017/18 academic year, with the first 5 joining in September 2017.

With 106 schools in the Diocese, a rising number of which are wishing to join the MAT, the future looks extremely bright for the Trust and the opportunities this offers.

The role will include: 

  • developing and leading HR strategy; 
  • advising and supporting managers with all aspects of HR; 
  • developing and maintaining policies, procedures, guidance and process; 
  • building and leading a team equipped and willing to support our schools; 
  • ensuring our processes and practices link to the Trust’s Vison and Mission and that our Christian values permeate through the way we work with our people. 

We are looking for someone who: 

  • is an outstanding practitioner who can raise standards, with proven experience in HR; 
  • is an outstanding team player; 
  • is CIPD qualified or equivalent; 
  • has the ability to work as part of a forward-looking team; 
  • support the Christian ethos of our organisation. 

This post would be suitable for someone who has proven experience in an HR business partner role within education. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills, the ability to assume full responsibility for the day-to-day running of the HR function and the ability to work to tight deadlines. 

This role represents a rare opportunity to join at the beginning of an exciting new adventure with significant opportunities for personal and professional growth.

To find out more about this role and to discuss your situation and what we’re looking for in complete confidence, please contact Liam Dowds, our Leadership Advising Consultant who is assisting us with this assignment, on 01737 652 043 or ldowds@emmausleadership.me .

Candidates must be supportive of the Christian ethos of our organisation.

The SDBE MAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

 



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