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Lead HR Consultant
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/25175/33019
  • Published: Tue 09/05/2023, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 04/06/2023, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £39493 - £42503
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hove Town Hall, Hove

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Lead HR Consultant

Job introduction

Lead HR Consultant (HR Advisory Team)

We’re appointing a Lead HR Consultant in the Schools HR Advisory Team that will report to an HR Manager. This is an essential role in a traded service where the provision of a high quality professional service is critical.

Lead HR Consultants in this team:

  • Provide managers with consistent, pragmatic and effective advice on the management and resolution of people issues covering a wide range of HR areas, mitigating risk to the organisation whilst optimising resources to deliver highly effective and creative solutions.
  • Work in partnership with the client group at a senior level to establish an excellent understanding of their service and the challenges they face to proactively identify opportunities for operational and strategic intervention capitalising on external best practice;
  • Manage complex HR&OD casework and projects and provide a high quality, professional and solution-based service to clients.
  • Are responsible for leading the development and implementation of HR policy, engaging and consulting with key stakeholders including trade unions and customers, keeping abreast of changes in the education sector, leading communications with schools and contributing to the wider leadership and development of the HR service to schools.

One of our key areas of focus as a department is to support the directorates to proactively understand, engage with and respond effectively to the city’s diverse communities and changing demographic.

Interview date: 19th June

For an informal discussion, please contact Kate Vallance - HR Manager on 01273 293468.

About the role

What you can expect:

Brighton & Hove City Council serves a vibrant city by the sea – a place that has ambitions to be a fairer city with a more sustainable future.

As a service, HROD’s role is central to decision making with an established place on the Executive Leadership Team. Using a business partnering approach with centres of expertise, the service provided is fully aligned to the needs of the organisation. We take our responsibilities as an employer seriously and that makes working in HROD in Brighton & Hove exciting, at times challenging and always interesting.

We are a friendly, talented, hard-working team who have experienced rapid change over the past two years in the ways we deliver our services.

As a council, we want our staff to be themselves at work. We welcome applications from all sections of our community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our HROD workforce.

HR Advisory Services

The remit of the HR Advisory Team will continue to focus on the provision of a high quality professional advisory service to the organisation, and for managing case work to embed a culture of early informal resolution, fairness, tackling discrimination and ensuring that complex employment matters are dealt with effectively and sensitively. The Schools HR Advisory Team also support the management of change and provide professional expertise in leading HR support for reorganisations. Lead HR Consultant roles, reporting to HR Managers, work across schools and the council. The Schools Lead HR Consultants’ focus will be on complex employee relations casework and supporting the HR Manager in developing the team and improving performance, quality and consistency of casework and our service to schools.

Please read our Apply for a job at the council ( pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (