Senior People Partner - Maternity Cover
Professional Services - Brighton

Closing date: 18/09/2020

Job posted date: 25/08/2020

Salary: Local Management Grade 2 - £44,700 - £48,854

Employment type: Temporary

Hours per week: 37

Are you an experienced Senior People Partner who is passionate about leading your small team to deliver effective people interventions and facilitate the achievement of strategic objectives?

This is a great time to join our fantastic, highly motivated and friendly team as we transition from an HR to a People department following a recent restructure, and to contribute to the Trust and ultimately to improving the life chances of our pupils.

As our temporary Senior People Partner, you will have an exciting opportunity to continue to establish this crucial and recently-established role whilst covering a period of maternity leave. This will involve you working with our Principals and Heads of Professional Services to understand their people needs and challenges and to develop and implement people solutions.

Our successful candidate will be an experienced and CIPD qualified, senior HR professional, with demonstrable experience of providing advice to stakeholders on a range of employee relations issues and change management, in line with legislation, policy and best practice. 

You will have excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills and strong problem solving, critical thinking and analytical ability.  You will also be an experienced line manager and strong team player who enjoys working on their own initiative, has excellent communication skills, and is competent using Microsoft Office and HR information systems. 

This role will involve frequent travel to the Trust’s academies. Your office base will the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus, but you will initially be based at home due to social distancing measures.

About the University of Brighton Academies Trust

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is the fifth largest multi-academy trust in the south east, with 15 infant, primary and secondary schools all graded by Ofsted as Good or Outstanding. We educate 7,700 children aged 3 months to 16 years and employ 1,200 staff across East and West Sussex.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us.  We work collaboratively to help our pupils, and everyone connected with our academies achieve excellence. By working together, sharing insights and best practice our schools support each other to improve. Read more about our vision and values

The University of Brighton is our sponsor.  We work closely with the University’s School of Education: in 2019 it was judged as Outstanding by Ofsted for all Initial Teacher Training and was awarded the Student Union’s school of the year.

Benefits we offer

We value our staff, investing in their training and development at all stages of their careers.

We place particular importance on providing opportunities for you to learn and grow, with a package that includes an annual personal development day, job-related apprenticeships to enhance your skillset, open access online training courses, and scholarships run in collaboration with the University of Brighton.  And when the time is right for you to take the next step in your career, we can help you to find the right opportunity in one of our 15 schools

The other benefits we offer [link to updated benefits web page], including our generous public sector pension schemes and family friendly policies, are designed to support you with work-life balance, wellbeing and the financial aspects of life.

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Find out more

Download the job description and person specification below for more information about the role. 

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Anita Chown, Head of People, via email:

Closing Date: 18 September 2020

Interview Date: 30 September 2020

Proposed start date: 1 December 2020

To submit your application form, follow the ‘Apply for job’ link at the bottom of this page

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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