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Deputy Director of Human Resources

Newman University
United Kingdom
£46,042 - £50,296 per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
General HR Function, Diversity and Equality, Change Management
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member
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Purpose of Post

As our Deputy Director of Human Resources you will be an effective leader, motive and inspire, driving-up practice standards and focus on continual improvement aligning HR service priorities with the strategic aims of the University. You will be innovative with a strategic mind-set and can-do attitude enabling the collective ownership of the HR practices, priorities and team culture. You will work collaboratively to shape the direction of the strategic HR requirements.

You will be an experienced senior HR professional, acknowledged for successfully leading HR and OD projects, facilitating change positively and empathetically that will enable the University to remain a force for good and fit for the future. 

You will have responsibility for the overall delivery of operational HR Team priorities and plan, working in partnership with the Director of HR, the Health and Safety Manager, Learning and Development Manager and wider HR Team to develop and embed a positive, collaborative, and high performing team.

You will clearly articulate the strategic vision for the University, ensuring that the HR Team priorities, plan, and culture enables the delivery of the people elements of the strategy, to ensure that our students and colleagues have the best possible experience

Main responsibilities

You will: -

  • Deputise for the Director of HR as required.  This will include participating in and leading key strategic projects and priorities across the University. You will play a key role in shaping and influencing culture at the University and ensuring that the HR Team is enabling the strategic ambitions and direction of the University and People Strategy; including branding and employee engagement
  • Line management, appraisal, motivate and empowers the core HR services team; ensuring a high standard of service is delivered and holding them to account for their key deliverables, behaviours and attitudes
  • Own the development, delivery and review of the annual and long-term HR Team priorities and plan.  This will include facilitating a one team approach, coaching and maximising opportunities for collaboration and co-creation
  • Work with the Director of HR to ensure excellent financial and budgetary management, ensuring that the investment made in the HR Team is value for money. And directly manage devolved HR services budgets as required
  • Ensure effective planning, organisation and administration of the core HR services, including the recruitment and selection function, and the review and development of related HR policy and practice to ensure continuing compliance with UK Visa & Immigration Agency requirements.
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with Faculty and Service area managers and the wider University community for the stimulation of, and participation in, project and other development activities
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes and development of HR practices which may impact on the University. To assess these changes and recommend changes in University policy and practice ensuring that all core HR services and activities are run in accordance with the University’s regulations, policies, and procedures and in line with the expectations and requirements of relevant professional bodies
  • Advise on and oversee Employee Relations matters in liaison with HR colleagues and managers, including dismissal, grievance, redundancy, capability and absence management casework, and to act as liaison with Trade Unions on routine matters as required; monitor employee relations activity, outcomes and demographics highlighting areas of concern and formulating action plans to remedy
  • Assist the Director of Human Resources to develop and implement reward strategies and the regular review of systems of job evaluation, pay and benefits
  • Assist the Director of Human Resources in co-ordinating and championing organisation wide people and well-being initiatives, ensuring the systems and processes are in place to support the University’s Wellbeing Strategy
  • Assist the Director of Human Resources, and deputise where required, in the management of safeguarding matters and related casework
  • Manage data protection requirements and related activity with regards to GDPA and related regulations/legislation within the HR Department
  • Work with colleagues to develop solutions to people management and development issues applying a structured change management approach and methodology for the implementation of people change, and support and coach managers to ensure effective change leadership at all levels; ensuring the consistent interpretation and application of change management/OD practices
  • Contribute to quality assurance and enhancement across all activities, including audit reviews within the HR Department
  • Contribute to and uphold the development of the University’s Equality & Diversity strategy, policies and activities, to be responsible for the preparation and maintenance of equality and diversity and gender pay gap statistics, and assist the Director of Human Resources in developments and related projects, charters and schemes
  • Responsible for the effective delivery and development of the integrated HR system (iTrent) ensuring accurate up to date records are maintained in order that all reports, including the HESA staffing report, are appropriately processed when required
  • Represent the University and/or the Director of Human Resources at professional and sectorial meetings with other HEIs or Higher Education Bodies (UCEA, Guild HE, UHR, HESA etc). To liaise with other external organisations such as the ECC, MHR, Advance HE as required and engage in external networking to raise the profile of the University and ensure it is involved in appropriate professional and sectoral developments
  • Undertake any other appropriate duties as requested by the Director of Human Resources
  • The post holder will be dealing with ‘highly restricted information’ as part of their duties, in accordance with the University’s Information Security Policy
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