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Head of HR Services

Academies Enterprise Trust
Hybrid - remote working and regional office based
£70,000 - £80,000 Pension Scheme (LGPS) + generous leave entitlement + additional AET Benefits
Closing date
18 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Manager, Director / Head / VP, Advisor, Business partner
Specialist Area
General HR Function
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member, Non CIPD member

£70,000 - £80,000 Pension Scheme (LGPS) + generous leave entitlement + additional AET Benefits + AET Wellbeing Cash Plan

Permanent, Full Time 

37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

April 2024 Start

Location: Hybrid - remote working and regional office based within one of our southern regional offices in London, Bristol or Essex (regular travel to London required)

AET seeks an experienced HR leader for the pivotal role of Head of HR Services in our diverse Trust—one of the largest in education. This exciting opportunity involves overseeing the delivery of high-quality HR functions across our schools in the South. As a key member of the HR senior leadership team, you'll collaborate with school Principals, Regional Education Directors, and Trust Leadership to ensure effective HR services supporting educational needs.

Your responsibilities will span overseeing HR policies, innovating service delivery, fostering employee relations, and maintaining inclusive partnerships with trade unions. You will lead research on employment legislation, provide expert advice, and play a vital role in implementing trust strategies, including contributing to the EEDI Strategy's development.

As Head of HR Services, you'll manage HR delivery for 32 schools in the South, leading a team of three Regional HR Business Partners. Your role encompasses performance management, coaching, mentoring, and succession planning. Strong leadership skills are essential for motivating and managing a team across three locations.

Contribute to workforce planning, employee engagement, and change management aligned with organisational goals and budgets. If you're a strategic thinker passionate about driving positive change in HR services for education, apply for this impactful opportunity. Join us in shaping the future of education and making a meaningful difference in the lives of children and educators.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact Recruitment on 0203 947 5689 or email

Closing date: 18th February 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV’s. Apply today.

Academies Enterprise Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a robust, fair and consistent recruitment process which is inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. This includes online checks for shortlisted candidates. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

Academies Enterprise Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.  Job share, part time and flexible working opportunities will be considered.  

We are a Disability Confident Employer and there is a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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