Human Resources Manager

Award-winning charity seeking a HR Manager to play a pivotal role in ensuring the continued strength and stability of the organisation as it expands in size.

upReach is an award-winning charity working to create equal opportunities for students across the UK. We help university students from less-advantaged backgrounds achieve their career potential by providing an intensive programme of support that addresses socio-economic barriers to graduate employment.

We are seeking a HR Manager to take ownership for all aspects of HR.

Key Information

Role: Human Resources Manager

Location: London, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, or Newcastle

Hours: Ideally full time (40 hours per week), although part time/ flexible hours will be considered.  

Start date: ASAP

Duration: Permanent 

Reporting to: Chief of Staff

Salary: £26,500 to £35,500 (including London weighting if based in London), based on experience

Application deadline: 9am on Thursday 2nd December

Early applications are encouraged, we may appoint before the closing date.

About the role

The HR Manager will play a pivotal role in ensuring the continued strength and stability of the organisation as it expands in size. They will take ownership for all aspects of HR and will champion excellence throughout the organisation. They will have the chance to make a positive, lasting impact on our organisation, shape our HR function and help our people to perform at their best. The successful candidate will be joining at an exciting time for the upReach HR Team. Over the last twelve months we have: doubled the number of staff working for the charity, opened offices in Newcastle and Nottingham, launched four staff networks, and updated our HR systems to enhance our performance management processes and reporting capabilities.

For a full list of core responsibilities, please see the job description here.

Person Specification

This position would be suited to individuals who are committed to upReach’s mission and have an understanding of, and empathy with, the challenges facing those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The ideal candidate will be proactive, resilient and used to managing competing priorities within a varied workload. They should be flexible and willing to perform varying duties depending on the shifting needs of the charity. 

Essential Skills/Experience:

  1. Experience working in a fast-paced environment and working independently to find solutions to problems. 
  2. Excellent influencing, facilitation and communication skills and be comfortable preparing and presenting reports and proposals to senior management/board groups. 
  3. Strong project and programme management and organisational skills with a keen eye for detail and the ability to manage a varied workload. 
  4. Strong IT skills with experience of working with HR systems. 
  5. Strong generalist HR experience or experience in various specialist roles (e.g. learning and development, recruitment and talent management).
  6. Experience of partnering the organisation to advise managers and employees on various and complex HR issues. 
  7. Experience of developing and maintaining policies, utilising knowledge of legislation and best practice.

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  1. Experience managing HR management information systems
  2. CIPD qualification and/or undergraduate or postgraduate degree in related subject 
  3. Project management qualifications or comparable experience. 
  4. Line management or team leadership experience. 
  5. A good understanding of GDPR legislation and regulations.
  6. Familiarity with G-Suite and Zoom video conferencing software.

Application Process

Please submit a .pdf copy of your CV and covering letter to Rochelle Kenyon at HumanResources@upReach.org.uk by 9am on 2nd December 2021. Interviews will take place week commencing 6th December - please let us know if there are any dates or times that week that you would be unavailable to interview in your covering email. Please ensure you explain your motivation for applying to this role, why you are interested in working at upReach, and provide further details on how your experience matches the job description. Please include ‘HR Manager’ in the subject line and indicate where you heard about this vacancy. Early applications are encouraged.

If you have any questions about the role or application process, please reach out to Rochelle Kenyon at HumanResources@upReach.org.uk.

Please note: upReach has a responsibility under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 to ensure that, at the time of starting their employment, successful candidates have permission to work in the UK.