HR Generalist

Reading, Berkshire
Salary £35,000 - £40,000 FTE pa plus benefits
17 May 2019
03 Jun 2019
HR Jobs Level
Business partner
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

HR Generalist

Full time (35 hrs/wk), fixed term, maternity cover for 6-12 months

Based central Reading, Berkshire

Salary £35,000 - £40,000 FTE pa plus benefits

Can you hit the ground running in this maternity cover role? We want to hear from you!

If you are an experienced HR professional with a generalist background in all things HR, we need you to join our great team and organisation to cover a period of maternity leave.  You will provide both proactive and reactive HR support to our staff and line managers and take a lead in key areas, such as employee benefits and reward.  As you would expect, no two days will be the same; at a high level these are the main areas you will be involved in:

  • Managing relationships with pay and benefit providers and maintaining our existing benefit schemes
  • Handling the HR-side of payroll processing each month (UK and Hong Kong) by liaising with our Payroll Supervisor
  • Managing holiday buy/sell windows and all associated communications
  • Undertaking project work linked to organisational objectives
  • Advising line managers and staff on policy and procedures, including conduct, performance and sickness matters, and managing health/sickness referrals
  • Helping out wherever required to ease workloads, including contract preparation.

You must be AssocCIPD with current employment law knowledge and have good pay and benefits experience.  All-round, high-level communication skills are essential, as are digital skills – MS Office, SharePoint, and working with multiple IT systems including HR systems.  We undertake a lot of face-to-face work with our employee stakeholders but there are also high volumes of email and Skype communications (staff are both office and remote-based).

At UCEM we expect all our employees to demonstrate our values: Passion, Integrity, Excellence and Support.

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment. Currently celebrating our 100th year as an institution, we have a wealth of history and experience in providing the highest quality learning opportunities. At any one time, we have over 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our qualifications.  UCEM helps to enhance Built Environment professional careers through our accredited property-related and construction programmes, offered at Postgraduate, Undergraduate and Apprenticeship levels. Our centenary year has inspired our new vision to be the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education, appropriately abbreviated ‘CX’ to help us look to the future and lead our strategy for the next 10 years. This is all to achieve our core purpose of providing accessible, relevant and cost-effective online education, producing leading talent for a better Built Environment.


We have a very detailed job specification for this role so please, before applying, take a look:


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Charlotte Manning on 0118 921 4391 or alternatively contact the HR team on 0118 467 2243 / 7051 or


To apply please send your CV, covering letter, and Recruitment Check Form to


Monday 3 June 2019 at 10.00 a.m.

Please note, applications may be reviewed as and when they are received, so you may be invited to interview ahead of the closing date.


Please note any appointment to this post is conditional upon and subject to an enhanced certificate (criminal record check) issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which will also include a check of the DBS Barred Lists.


We do not use agencies as part of our recruitment process.  We politely ask that you respect this decision and do not call our offices on seeing this advertisement; if you do, the same message will be repeated to you.  Thank you for your co-operation.

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