Human Resources Partner

Northwest Region (Darwen incorporating Manchester)
Up to £40k per annum
23 Apr 2021
20 May 2021
Job Type
HR / Head of
Contract Type
Full Time

Human Resources Partner

Reports to:                Human Resources Director

Contract type:           Permanent

Location:                   Northwest Region (Darwen incorporating Manchester)

Salary:                      Up to £40k per annum

Basis:                       Full time 52 weeks per annum


A fantastic new opportunity has arisen for an experienced HR Partner to join a small but expanding HR team.

This role requires weekly travel to the schools within your remit.  There will be some flexibility for homeworking, dependant on the needs of the business.

Successful candidates for this role must have experience of working with trade unions, change management and a strong employee relations background.  Individuals must be suitable for working in a stand-alone position in a HR function that has not yet reached maturity.

The Partner will have the support of a HR Advisor who is a shared resource, so must be prepared to undertake a level of administration in addition to HR partnering.


The HR Partner works closely with school leaders to support and undertake case management, provide training, give advice and guidance and ensure that all Trust policies are followed in all actions taken. 

Additionally, the HR Partner works closely with the Director of HR and the rest of the HR team to work on and implement national initiatives

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Provide on-site and remote, proactive support and undertake case management work in the allocated schools.
  • To provide additional support to the wider HR team as a whole when necessary
  • Provide appropriate advice and guidance to school leaders, ensuring that advice is in line with Trust policies and best practice.
  • Partner with organisational leaders to gather feedback and make recommendations on HR policies to help align programs with organisational goals.
  • Evaluate, recommend and implement programs supporting strategic people initiatives.
  • Act as a liaison to bridge communication of Trust policies and practices to all schools.
  • nvestigate employee complaints and grievances and recommend corrective actions.
  • Establish and implement processes to properly on-board new employees.
  • Maintain administrative oversight of key employment information and records including;
  1. New hire
  2. Benefits
  3. Payroll
  4. Holiday tracking
  5. Sick Leave
  • Conduct exit interviews and off-boarding procedures, analysing information gathered in these processes to help develop retention strategies and reduce turnover.
  • Oversee employment needs and /or programmes that support staffing, such as managing temporary employees, alternative work schedules etc.
  • Liaise with appropriate school staff on the various activities associated with recruiting, working closely with school PAs and Principals in relation to:
  1. Employee requisitions
  2. Job descriptions
  3. Job postings
  4. Candidate sourcing and screening
  5. Job offers

(Please note that the above activities will be absorbed by Human Resources by September 2021)

  • Provide coaching and guidance to management and employees in dealing with employment related issues and / or concerns.
  • Ensure that school leaders are kept updated on current legal requirements and guidance.
  • Drive the performance management process and provide coaching to line managers to ensure the continuous development of employees.
  • Assess compliance situations and risks associated with various solutions.
  • Support the Trust and its schools in the co-ordination and management of training and training programmes and records.
  • To support schools in the production of the annual school workforce census through accurate record keeping and data cleansing.
  • Manage and maintain the Single Central Records within their remit

Minimum Skills and Experience:

  • Willingness to work operationally whilst demonstrating the ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to operate in a consultative manner.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to prioritise and organise multiple projects.
  • Evidence of solid understanding of employment law.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Comprehensive experience and use of Microsoft Office.
  • Broad generalist HR experience with strong influencing skills.
  • Good understanding of the education sector.
  • Minimum English and Maths GCSE level 5 or equivalent
  • Minimum CIPD level 5 or equivalent
  • Demonstration of successful management experience in:
  • Recruitment, Selection and Retention
  • Employee relations
  • Working with trade unions
  • Performance management
  • Policy & Process development
  • Change or Project Management

Aldridge Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This post is therefore subject to an acceptable enhanced DBS disclosure, a full career history and two strong and personally addressed references from recent employers, of which one must be your most recent employer. Candidates should declare upon application any cautions, warnings or convictions held. 

Selection Process:

Dependant on the current status of the pandemic interviews may be held over Microsoft Teams. 

Individuals will be subject to selection exercises which may include a presentation and testing