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Regional HR Manager

Location: Greater Manchester, hybrid working available

Salary: £45,441 to £49,948 + benefits

Contract: permanent

Hours: 37 hours, full year

Start date: as soon as possible


We’re looking for an experienced HR Manager to join our team supporting academy schools in Greater Manchester


You’ll help drive school improvement and culture change through ‘high challenge, high support’ professional HR advice across the full employee life-cycle. This will involve leading on-site HR colleagues to ensure excellent HR practice within the academies, and proactively working with senior leadership teams across six academies.


You’ll be working closely with the Regional Director, Executive Headteachers, and Headteachers, to review each academy’s HR strategy and support the implementation of changes, where required. We’re looking for someone who will have a clear impact on staff absence management and engagement/retention outcomes. You’ll also be managing complex employee relations cases and trade union relations, facilitating organisational development, and upskilling line managers in HR management practice.


Reporting to the Chief People Officer, you’ll be an active member of our wider Regional HR Manager team, working across our organisation as a whole to support casework, deliver training, shape our policies and procedures, and lead on HR workstreams.


This is a great opportunity for someone looking to broaden their HR experience in a friendly and supportive team. We’re a growing academy-trust, with co-operative values at the heart of everything we do. Colleague wellbeing (work/life balance) and continuing professional development is important to us.


CIPD qualified (or equivalent), you must have depth & breadth of experience advising and delivering on a wide range of employee issues, including absence management, recruitment & retention, and highly complex casework, within the public sector. A pragmatic team-player with great organisational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to drive work forward on your own initiative, you’re able to build strong working relationships with, and influence the work of others, and are flexible, self-motivated & resilient.



Although based mainly in the Greater Manchester area, occasional travel to other academies (including West Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Merseyside) will be required. Own transport is desirable, and a willingness to travel and work flexibly (with due notice) is essential.



31 days annual leave + bank holidays

Hybrid / flexible working available

CIPD membership fees paid

Local government pension scheme

Co-op staff discount and other benefits

24/7 Employee Support


How to apply

Closing date: 9am, Monday 04 December 2023

Selection process: Monday 11 December 2023


Applications must be on our application form, which is available along with other supporting information on our website at and returned to You can also use this email address to make contact if you have any questions about the role.


For more information about the Trust, please visit 


Co-op Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority. This commitment to robust recruitment, selection and induction procedures extends to organisations and services linked to the Trust. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnerships. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, and online checks will be carried out.