HR Manager

Circa £38,000 plus benefits
20 Apr 2017
02 May 2017
HR Jobs Level
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

The Nuffield Trust is an independent health charity. We aim to improve the quality of health care in the UK by providing evidence-based research and policy analysis and informing and generating debate.

This is an important role within the Trust supporting c.50 employees plus consultants and other contractual staff. The HR Manager works within the Finance & Administration team and is responsible for the management and support of the HR function in the Trust. The individual must ensure that the Trust employs its workforce in accordance with relevant employment law and regulations.

The HR Manager will be involved in day-to-day operations and has the following, but not exclusive, areas of responsibility:

  • Recommending/Reviewing HR Policies.
  • Supplying advice and guidance to management.
  • Developing and reviewing HR functions and processes.
  • Budget management.
  • Ensuring that the Trust adheres to employment laws and regulations.
  • Manage the recruitment process from start to finish.
  • Providing support to the Finance and Administration team, when required.

Main responsibilities Accountable to the Director of Finance and Administration the principal responsibilities will be:

  • Work in close partnership with the Director of Finance and Administration to develop, implement and maintain HR policies.
  • Design and work across HR projects.
  • Support managers and line managers on all recruiting matters.
  • Develop an on-line application process.
  • Line Management of the HR Administrator.
  • Advise staff and provide guidance on HR policy and procedures.
  • Keep up-to-date with UK employment legislation.
  • Manage investigations and complex employee relations issues including redundancy and grievance.
  • Ensure employee relations cases are managed to meet best practice requirements.
  • Monitor and develop the performance appraisal system.
  • Monitor all employee records to include parental leave, holiday and sickness absence.
  • Develop the Internship programme.
  • Coordinate work placements which include our Academic Placement and Internship programmes.
  • Manage HR personnel files to ensure they are kept up-to-date.
  • Gather and evaluate market data to measure the Trust’s competitiveness for salary reviews, compensation and benefits packages.
  • Providing monthly HR reports for staff meetings and quarterly reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • Performance management: coaching managers on performance management issues and processes.
  • Learning and development: providing guidance on development for managers and their teams.
  • Training: Implementing the training and development agenda; identify potential areas for further improvement.
  • Managing the recruitment process.
  • As a key member of the Finance and Administration team you would be expected to support the rest of the team, in non HR related areas, providing cover during other team members absences and sharing the burden at peak times in the year.

This job description covers the major tasks to be carried out with the level of responsibility which the post holder will work and may be revised and changed from time to time.


The postholder must, after reasonable familiarisation, be able to work on their own initiative to a high standard of accuracy and reliability. The postholder should support the ethos of the Nuffield Trust and uphold its commitment to equality regardless of gender,race, religion, disability or sexual orientation


  • Qualified CIPD Professional Member, Level 5 or above (or equivalent).


  • 1 years’ line management experience.
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and SAGE Payroll.
  • Experience of working within a complex contractual work environment.
  • Experience in working with external legal advisors.
  • Project management skills.
  • Proven HR generalist experience on both strategic and operational level.
  • Thorough, up-to-date knowledge of employment law.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Experience of recruitment and interviewing at all levels of seniority.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills and experience.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work well independently, and to contribute to a team environment. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently.
  • Ability to work systematically on a number of tasks simultaneously.
  • To be reliable and adaptable.
  • Calmness under pressure.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and the desire to work for a health or social-care related organisation.
  • Project a positive and efficient image of the Trust at all times.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and oral) with the ability to liaise with individuals at all levels of the organisation whilst maintaining tact and diplomacy where necessary.


Employees of the Trust will be automatically enrolled in a defined contribution pension scheme after the completion of 3 months’ service for the Trust with an option to opt-out. Employees are required to contribute a minimum of 4% of their salary and the Trust contributes 14%. Death in service and incapacity insurance is also provided by the Trust. Annual leave is 28 days per year (pro rata for part-time positions), 3 days of which must be taken between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed. This rises to 30 days per year (pro rata for part-time positions) on completion of 5 years’ service with the Trust.

A range of other benefits are available, once the satisfactory probationary period has been passed, including an interest free travel loan.

The Trust also encourages personal development and training programmes for all its employees.


This is a full-time position.  The job is based in London and the salary scale for this position is c. £38,000 per annum. The offer of employment will be subject to receipt of two satisfactory references and evidence of right to work in the UK.


Candidates wishing to apply should submit a detailed CV and complete the Trust’s Application Form and Recruitment Monitoring Form please click 'Apply'.

Telephone number (enquiries): Recruitment 020 7631 8450.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Tuesday 02 May 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at our office in London on Thursday, 11 May 2017.