Head of Human Resources

20 Jul 2018
17 Aug 2018
Human Resources
Contract Type
Full Time
Head of Human Resources (HR)
Reading, Berkshire
Permanent full-time contract - competitive salary plus benefits

The Organisation
Our client Berkshire Maestros, the lead organisation of the Berkshire Music Hub, offers the highest quality musical education delivering instrumental and singing lessons in schools across the county and at music centres in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham, Newbury and Windsor. Tuition covers all instrumental families; brass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, strings, woodwind and voice, across a wide range of styles and genres.
Berkshire Maestros is a registered charity whose primary customers include parents, children, schools, wider community music and Early Years' groups.

This role is a key position within the extended Senior Leadership Team of Berkshire Maestros and will enable you to become involved in both operational and strategic aspects of the HR function.
The organisation will give you the opportunity to learn new skills and further your HR knowledge during an exciting time for the company.

Purpose of Role
The purpose of the role is to provide a full and effective HR service to internal and external stakeholders and act as a first point of contact for all HR enquiries for the organisation and all staff. Maestros has nearly 100 contracted employees across teaching and administrative roles and works with a further 60 self-employed contractors.
•Provide a comprehensive HR service for all line managers
•Manage all employee matters relating to, for example, absence, sickness etc providing guidance and support on disciplinary, capability and grievance procedures
•Oversee the employee counselling service (EAP)
•Review policies, procedures and processes in line with current legislation and employment law, implementing changes where necessary
•Ensure all staff understand and implement policies and procedures
•Coach line managers to be confident and effective with low level disciplinary and competence issues
•Manage all aspects of employment contracts advising other senior managers as required
•Manage annual appraisal procedures, following up on performance, personal development plans and pay reviews
•Implement the staff training and continual professional development programme delivering relevant training as required
•Facilitate the full recruitment activity life cycle for the organisation
•Be responsible for staff DBS clearance and Child Safeguarding (DSL)
•Line manage, lead, mentor and motivate a team of assigned staff, holding them accountable in line with BM policy
•Take responsibility for key aspects of the leadership and management responsibility of the music service as required

Person Specification
•Degree educated with professional membership of CIPD or equivalent qualification (at least intermediate level 5)
•Experience or knowledge of an educational working environment preferred
•Have a proven track record of leadership capability with previous experience in a stand-alone role
•Evidence a forward thinking attitude and proactive approach to continual learning
•Have a strong and accurate understanding of current employment legislation and its application
•Demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion and diplomacy
•Have exceptional inter-personal, organisational and communication skills with excellent attention to detail and effective decision-making
•Share and be committed to Berkshire Maestros Core Values demonstrating values-based leadership and modelling the overarching leadership competencies in all areas of work

Benefits include
•Competitive remuneration dependent on skills, experience and qualifications
•An opportunity for an experienced professional to further your skills and take your career to the next level
•Large team of professional and collegiate staff
•Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays

HR, human resources, CIPD, generalist

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