Head of People (Maternity Cover)

Head of People (Maternity Cover)

About the role (To start June 2020)

Our People team is at the heart of our business, and in this role you will be responsible for line managing our HR & Office Manager, Senior People & Talent manager and Talent Acquisition Manager, based in 3 different offices. 

We are looking for a driven and experienced Head of People to help us grow and scale the business whilst implementing positive change in a cost-effective manner. The remit and focus of the role is to focus on staff retention, employee NPS and HR best practice. It’s a broad and exciting role, so we’re looking for someone up for a challenge - if you’re an enthusiastic leader and passionate to make a difference, this is the role for you!

Core responsibilities

  • Being accountable for providing pragmatic, commercial and solution-oriented HR advice and support to the People Team to help achieve the departmental goals and strategy
  • Being part of the Senior Leadership Team, attending weekly management meetings and reporting back monthly on the role dimensions
  • Managing and being accountable for the People Team, proactively developing their skills to enable the growth of knowledge of best practice in Arbor in line with our culture and values
  • Proactively coming up with improvements to enable sustainable and scalable growth of the business
  • Being an advocate and cultural ambassador of the company, ensuring that we drive forward Arbor’s growth whilst making it an awesome place to work
  • Providing high quality HR support, guidance, training, and coaching for the team as and when needed
  • Driving a positive and inspirational working environment by listening to what people need/want and suggesting ideas for improvement. 
  • Coaching and supporting line managers with employee relations, such as managing onboarding and offboarding, probationary periods, absence management, and any conduct and capability issues
  • Instilling a learning and coaching culture by working with the Senior People & Talent Manager, collating feedback from the the team and helping to organise and deliver training events
  • Being accountable for all recruitment and other people-related activities and processes across the business 
  • Occasional travel to the Serbian and Leeds offices to work with the development of the People Team and practices there, making sure that the business is aligned and collaboration is encouraged 
  • Undertaking ad hoc project work as required by the CEO

About you

  • Proven track record of implementing positive change and improving working practices in a growing business
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential
  • Proactive, positive, and driven - you are passionate about People and want to make a difference!
  • Excellent working knowledge of UK Employment Law and HR best practice
  • Deep experience of supporting, coaching and advising Managers on HR and recruitment matters 
  • Experienced line manager, with the ability to motivate and drive forward a growing and developing team
  • Highly organised, with the ability to prioritise and multi-task various projects and deadlines
  • Autonomous, proactive and driven, with an excellent work ethic
  • Commercially focused and able to come up with cost-effective solutions for the business
  • Willing to roll your sleeves up and get stuck in!  

What we offer

The chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • We believe in supporting you to grow professionally and giving you the freedom to choose how. If you tell us where you want to go, we have a dedicated training budget to help you get there!
  • One of our core values is to make an impact, so we give everyone 1 day off each year to volunteer with a charity of your choice.
  • We promote positive well being and as part of this you’ll have access to a choice of comprehensive 24/7 well being support services as well as internal Mental Health Champions.
  • We support autonomy and flexibility, and depending on your role can offer flexible working.
  • Spending quality time together is really important, so to encourage this, our social committees organise regular team nights out (we’ve had pizza making, escape rooms, and even white water rafting!)
  • We offer 30 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays), part of which is made up of half day Fridays during the school summer holidays, a day off during Easter and a day off over Christmas.
  • Leeds or London based offices with great facilities in amazing central locations! 

Refer a friend: Know someone else who would be good for this role? You can refer a friend, family member or colleague, if they are offered a role with Arbor, we will say thank you with a voucher valued up to £200! Simple email: careers@arbor-education.com 

Arbor Education is an equal opportunities organisation

We support and promote diversity and equality, and actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender assignment, age, pregnancy, maternity and paternity status, disability status, marital and civil partnership status, or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

If you need any adjustments to be made to support you through the recruitment process, let us know at careers@arbor-education.com.

Please note: We are unable to provide visa sponsorship at this time.

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Perks and Benefits

You'll have the chance to work alongside a team of hard-working, passionate people in a role where you’ll see the impact of your work everyday. We also offer:

  • Professional development budget 🎓

    At Arbor we're passionate about learning, and to support this we have a dedicated training budget for all teams.

  • Mental health and wellness 🧠

    Dedicated Mental Health Champions with ongoing support and learning around mental health

  • Volunteering day 🤝

    We're all about making an impact! So everyone who joins us gets 1 day a year to volunteer for a charity or cause of their choice.

  • Regular team socials 🥳

    We have regular team socials where we spend dedicated time together. This year we've had BBQs, been to theatre shows, gone white water rafting, and more!

  • Half-day summer Fridays 😎

    Plus, we shut the office for a day at Easter and over Christmas so you get some extra time off then too!

  • Employee Assistance Programme 🧘‍♀️

    Choice of comprehensive 24/7 support services with UK and Ireland's most trusted health and wellbeing network.

  • Flexible working 🤸‍♀️

    Depending on your role we can also offer you flexible working - just mention it in your interview and we'll let you know what your options are

  • Dog-friendly offices 🐕

    Our offices are dog friendly, so if you'd like to bring your canine companion in for the day, that's no problem!

  • GRC Accredited ✔︎

    The Good Recruitment Charter defines good recruitment practice through key principles that the we aspire to.

Workplace and Culture

We’re a diverse and experienced team of ex-teachers, edtech engineers and education specialists passionate about making a difference to the sector.  
Ultimately, we’re here to help make our schools and trusts stress a little less, and focus on what matters most - improving the lives of teachers and outcomes of students everywhere!


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