HR Business Partner job based in Coventry
To work in partnership with Trust leaders, Headteachers, school leaders and HR colleagues to shape, develop and deliver HR plans and solutions in line with the needs and priorities of The Futures Trust. To provide advice, guidance and support to staff and managers by providing high level people management and development support across designated schools, whilst managing risk and ensuring statutory compliance.
Duties and responsibilities
Conduct weekly meetings with Headteachers and work with senior leaders and line managers to provide HR guidance and ensure a consistent approach to staff management, particularly in the areas of absence management, learning and development, performance management and practical application of policies.
Provide HR advice and guidance to Headteachers, managers and staff on HR matters and coach/support them with complex casework, performance, attendance and employee relations issues.
Act as part of a team, to provide advice and guidance to the Trust team and Headteachers on employment matters and to ensure the maximisation of service performance.
Work alongside Headteachers to identify HR priorities and translate requirements in to effective HR practices, which enable the delivery of solutions aligned to school and Trust objectives.
Consult, work with and challenge leaders to develop employee strategies and ways of working to support organisational targets and attract, retain and develop employees.
Horizon scan across and beyond the education sector to develop and implement new ideas and consider the impact on schools, using a variety of evidence based information.
Work closely with manager and employees to improve work relationships, build morale and increase productivity and retention.
Deliver HR initiatives, including workforce planning, resourcing, talent management, pay and reward, employee relations, employee engagement and performance management.
Ensure that relevant stakeholders are engaged in and consulted with on workforce planning and delivery initiatives.
Gather and develop intelligence focused on the direction of travel for The Futures Trust and its schools, to develop an understanding of the type of talent needed, when and where it is needed, identify potential skills shortages and to work closely with Headteachers and Finance to accurately plan.
Contribute to the development of an effective HR Shared Service, which encourages employee self-service; increases automation; simplifies and standardises processes to ensure consistency of message; communication via dedicated HR inboxes and increases the skill of and information available to HR Assistants to deal with low level queries effectively.
Support the delivery of projects, including the implementation of large scale transformation, change and transition activities, such as workforce remodeling and TUPE, ensuring equality, inclusion and diversity impact is considered.
Make use of and disseminate HR technology to gather, collect and deliver information and to communicate with employees more easily and efficiently.
Analyse and report HR information to support with benchmarking and the development of HR strategies and solutions aligned to the delivery of Trust and school priorities.
Support the development and delivery of a Trust wide recruitment and onboarding strategy, to ensure the best candidates are sourced and secured.
Work collaboratively with HR colleagues, Trust and school leaders to build and maintain effective recruitment avenues and effective working relationships with internal and external recruitment partners.
Work with Trust and school leaders to support the development of career pathways for new and existing Professional and Associate staff, to include the use of the Apprenticeship Levy.
Ensure that the Trust’s Safer Recruitment practices are robust and comply with the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education at all times. Work with HR and schools to maintain compliant and up to date Single Central Records with respect to pre-employment safeguarding checks and safeguarding training.
Implement Development Cells as a mechanism to identify, manage and develop talent and to link development plans to department, school and/or Trust objectives.
Ensure that all internal and external reporting and audit requirements are satisfied through the provision of management information and HR returns.
Work independently and with the HR team to update and implement all HR related policies and procedures, underpinned by statutory compliance, best practice and added value.
Stay abreast of the legal and statutory frameworks in which schools operate and develop and amend policies in line with current legislation.
Develop a network of HR professionals at local, regional and national levels, from public and private sector organisations, to ensure the implementation of modern HR practices and best practice.
Develop and maintain good working relationships with Trade Unions and lead on negotiations where appropriate.
Monitor and support HR activity to ensure the terms of the HR SLA are being met. Address HR Business Continuity issues.
Proactively share HR best practice to achieve successful outcomes across the trust
Provide leadership to other team members either through direct or matrix management to enable the delivery of priorities and outcomes.
What you’ll need to Succeed ?
You will have previous working in an all round HR role, previous experience as a BP is not required but you must have worked at a high level HR Advisor level. Also education experience is not necessary and in fact experience in a commercial environment is preferred. They are also open to applications from people who are looking to return to work after a career break.
What you will get in return?
The company offer a good salary with excellent benefits including an excellent holiday package, pension, job security and hybrid working.
What you need to do now
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