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HR Business Partner

Star Academies
Greater Manchester region
£37,336 to £43,421
Closing date
7 Apr 2024

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Do you want to join a team that provides outstanding leadership, strategic direction, and support to some of the best schools in the country? Do you want to play your part in delivering outstanding learning and teaching to young people in disadvantaged communities? If so, joining the Star team might just be the best career move you ever make.

About Star Central

Star Central, which is based at our head office in Blackburn, Lancashire, provides leadership, strategic direction and support to Star Academies, Star Institute, and our schools.

The Star Central team includes experts from a range of professional backgrounds, who work together to provide an outstanding support service to the Star community. We support our schools to provide educational and operational excellence and to cultivate a strong Star community, with the aim of nurturing today’s young people and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders.

Who we’re looking for

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and driven HR Business Partner to join our Central People and Wellbeing Team.

This is a true partnering role. Working collaboratively with school senior leadership teams and Star Central, you will provide expert advice, guidance and support on a wide range of HR issues, including casework management, workforce planning and resourcing strategies. 

You will be supported in a highly motivated team environment that is focused on development, wellbeing and evolving our business partnering offer.

As HR Business Partner, you will also contribute to the design and implementation of trust wide people strategies and initiatives, driving a culture of continuous improvement, inclusivity, and wellbeing.

You will work with a portfolio of academies across Greater Manchester (including Bolton, Rochdale, and Salford).

We are currently operating hybrid office and homeworking arrangements. Office working will be based in one of the many Star schools located in Greater Manchester. You will be expected to travel to your designated schools as required.

You will have:

  • Be CIPD qualified or have a degree level qualification.
  • Have experience of providing complex employee relations/generalist HR advice and guidance to Senior Leaders.
  • Have experience of managing a significant caseload of HR cases from start to finish achieving successful outcomes.
  • Have in-depth expert knowledge of current HR legislation.
  • Have good planning and project management skills.

About Star Academies

Star Academies is a high-performing multi-academy trust that runs more than 30 primary and secondary schools. We are a values-based organisation that works to improve the life chances of young people in areas of social and economic deprivation to help them succeed at the highest levels of education, employment and the professions. Every single day you’ll be rewarded with the opportunity to shape a young person’s future - our STAR values embody what we believe is needed to succeed.

Professional development is key to our ongoing success, so we continually invest in our employees through our learning and development centre, Star Institute. With a wealth of training, mentoring and progression opportunities across a growing group of academies, joining our team of leading education experts could propel your career to the next level. 

We can also offer you a range of rewards and benefits, including competitive salaries and pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements and healthcare cash plans.

Find out more

Please download the job description and person specification below for further information about the role.  For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact Star Central by calling 0330 313 9800.

Application Process

To apply for this vacancy please click the "Apply on Website" button.

You should ensure your application form and supporting statement address all elements of the person specification. We will only consider candidates who meet the vast majority of the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

Our Commitment

Star Academies is committed to safeguarding, safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of pupils. Our comprehensive recruitment and selection processes aim to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. Successful candidates are subject to rigorous pre-employment checks.

We are equally committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity. We aim for our workforce to be representative of society and that each employee feels respected and able to give their best. We are committed to providing equality and fairness in our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.



Star Academies is a multi-academy trust that operates 28 free schools and academies. There are nineteen secondary schools and nine primary schools under the jurisdiction of the trust. As a multi-academy trust, Star Academies is an exempt charity regulated by the Department for Education.

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