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Deputy Director - HR Partnering & Policy

Bloomsbury, London (Greater)
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
General HR Function, Employee Relations, Corporate Strategy
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Job title: Deputy Director – HR Partnering and Policy

Department: Human Resources

Contract Type: Permanent

Grade:  Grade 9

Salary: £60,239 to £69,132 (Inclusive of London Weighting and may include an additional responsibility allowance)

Location: Bloomsbury, London

Hours: 35 or above, as required to fulfil the role

SOAS is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.  We are uniquely positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a strategic plan in place as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the university which commits SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the Department:

With a new and energetic People Director in post, the HR team is embarking on a programme of modernisation, upgrading our systems and processes, becoming a high performing and modern people team, enabling SOAS to meet the challenges ahead and realise our mission.  Now is a perfect time to join a welcoming and supportive team, contributing, not only to the usual day to day work but also playing a key role in shaping our future.  This is a growth opportunity for SOAS as well as for the successful candidate.

About the Role:

Reporting to the Director of People, this new role for SOAS will be tasked with establishing and steering the HR and L&D Business Partnering functions, with a particular focus on our customer-facing teams. This pivotal role will provide robust expert guidance and judgement to complex situations, ensuring compliance and fostering an employee experience that resonates with the university’s organisational values.

The role has overall responsibility for managing a programme of regular policy reviews, is the key liaison point for the campus trade unions and has lead responsibility for overseeing Employee Relations casework.  The post holder is also responsible for projects to implement change strategically aligned to organisational priorities.

The Deputy Director has overall responsibility for the delivery of an effective, efficient and customer focused HR and L&D business partnering functions, to ensure our support, advice and intervention is well respected across the university.  The role will also deputise for the People Director as necessary and be a key strategic adviser and thought partner to the HR leadership team. 

Further information:

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities, which can be found on the SOAS website.
Closing date:  17th March 2024            

Interviews to be held: TBC

Further information

If you have any questions about the role, please contact [hiring manager].  If you require any assistance regarding the application process, please contact

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We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. For this role we actively encourage applications from women who are underrepresented in these roles. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

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