Senior HR Coordinator

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This role provides senior HR administration support for the Estates Division (ED). The Estates Division is a multi-disciplinary organisation responsible for the development, management and maintenance of the University estate, along with the provision of a variety of related services. ED is situated over the full university site and has over 300 staff.

This is a great opportunity to join an established HR Team in the Estates Division. The HR team are part of the wider Central HR Team at the University which supports the University Administration Services (UAS). This is an exciting time in the Estates Division as they lead the "Reshaping our Estates Programme" which affects every part of the University. This is a critical role in the delivery of HR Operations to the division both in supporting HR admin activity but also improving processes and creating new ways of working, most notably with recruitment.

The Role:

This role leads on day-to-day HR functions including recruitment processes, HR issues and contractual matters. This role will be responsible for managing the current recruitment processes and vacancies and be responsible for identifying a more proactive and joined up way of recruiting permanent staff.

Additional to offering support and advice as appropriate, the role holder will monitor and review systems and procedures for ensuring best practice and compliance; support the development of ED HR policies; making recommendations for improvements, making implementations and monitoring changes agreed by the ED leadership.

For both ED internal and external-facing functions, the role holder provides senior level communications, documentation (including Management Information), and liaison and coordination (maintaining information flow) on behalf of ED with external organisations.

The role holder will lead some HR annual process such as managing and coordinating the SRD process, giving initial advice to managers on holding those conversations.

The role holder will have line management responsibility including all aspects of line management: induction, SRD, training, performance management, allocation of work, as well as responsibility for supervision of temporary workers as and when required.

About you:

In order to succeed in this role, you will join us with:

  • CIPD Level 5 or equivalent level of practical experience
  • Knowledge of employment law and policies and procedures
  • Significant experience of managing recruitment and other HR processes
  • Advanced knowledge of HR Administration/Coordination
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Further information about the role and its responsibilities is available via the link below.

Benefits of working at Cambridge include:

  • Competitive rates of pay with automatic service-related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 36 days paid leave (including bank holidays);
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities;
  • Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries and salary exchange schemes for childcare);
  • An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution;
  • Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;
  • Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure check and a security check.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Pamela Dougherty, HR Manager at

Closing date: 25 February 2024

Please quote reference AH40414 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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