HR Business Partner - Schools

  • Employer: West Berkshire Council
  • Reference: V5318
  • Published: Mon 18/09/2023, 13:13 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 02/10/2023, 17:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: From £37,261 to £43,516 per annum (Grade J)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Workplace: On-Site
  • Location: Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, Berkshire

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HR Business Partner - Schools

We are currently looking for a Schools HR Business Partner to join our busy HR team. This post is full time however we would be happy to consider flexibility around working hours. Consideration will be given less hours, term time only contracts and more flexible working patterns.

Reporting to the Schools HR Manager and as part of the wider HR Business Partnering Team, this post will play a key role in leading and further developing the new schools HR Team implemented on the 1st of April 2023, in support of delivering the schools HR traded service for around 40 schools in West Berkshire.

The postholder will work closely with the HR and Payroll teams to ensure a seamless and high-quality HR, Payroll and L&D/OD service is delivered to our customers at both the Council and as part of our schools traded service.

The role

  • To support the HR Manager – Schools with establishing, building and overseeing the management of the schools' traded HR service including development and growth of the service, cost design, income monitoring and management, marketing of the service, ensuring appropriate content of the offer and ensuring contacts are set up and managed appropriately according to the Council’s legal and contractual requirements.
  • To act as key point of contact for schools HR queries relating to the operation of the schools traded service and to provide complex HR advice where deemed appropriate, and to liaise with legal colleagues as required on casework.
  • To attend schools when required to participate in HR processes as determined by the HR SLA.
  • To support with implementing fit for purpose solutions collaborating with the Service Director for Education and Children’s Services which help Governing Boards/Headteachers’ to deliver service improvement and innovation, enhance performance through the Local Authority offer to schools and meets corporate and legal requirements.
  • To support the HR Schools Coordinator, with the day-to-day schools HR enquiries and where peaks of work require with contract administration.
  • To liaise with key internal WBC stakeholders to meet schools HR business needs such as payroll, legal and education.
  • To contribute to organisational transformation and changes in ways of working, maximising the benefits and efficiencies for both internal and external customers.

The ideal candidate would have the following skills and attributes.

  • Strong stakeholder manager skills will be essential in the role. You will have frequent contact with the Corporate Leadership Team, trade unions, Head Teachers and school governors, internal key stakeholders and where required third party providers.
  • You will be comfortable working with limited supervision and must be able to work in a flexible manner to ensure that changing priorities are addressed.
  • You will either hold a CIPD Level 5 qualification or possess an equivalent qualification or experience.
  • You will have sound and expert knowledge of current and emerging employment legislation, best practice and how to successfully apply it to workplace situations.
  • You will have experience of working within a HR business partner model.
  • You will be able to evidence the ability to review, and update HR policies and procedures and ensure best practice is considered.
  • You will be confident at using people data to be able to support organisational decisions and highlight risks through a proactive advisory approach.

Our offer to you

  • Flexible working wherever possible between the hours of 07.00-19.00
  • Hybrid working wherever possible working 40% in the office
  • Access to a wide range of training and development opportunities 
  • Generous Local Government pension scheme
  • Family friendly policies
  • A range of local discounts
  • Wellbeing Programme including Employee Assistance Programme and employee benefits
  • You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement starting at 29 days per annum (plus public holidays) Rising by an additional 5 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Annual starting salary between £37,261 to £43,516 per annum, (pro rata for part time). Pay award pending.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

If you interested in working with us and want to know more, do not hesitate to contact either Karen turner on or, Schools HR Manager.

It is hoped interviews will take place in early October 2023. Closing date will be the 30th of September 2023 at 5pm.

Or go straight to the links below to see the job description and complete our Online Application form.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to Apply

Please complete an online application form. 

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