HR Manager (Maternity Cover)

  • Contract type - Temporary fixed event, maternity leave cover
  • Salary range - £38,484 to £39,887, with £4,000 bonus for successful completion of assignment
  • Location - Greater Manchester
  • Closing date - July 9, 2021

We’re looking for an experienced HR Manager to support four academy schools in Greater Manchester.

You’ll work closely with the Chief Education Officer and Headteachers to support school improvement through effective and professional HR advice and support across the full employee life-cycle. This will involve managing complex employee relations cases, dealing with HR policy queries & trade union relations. You’ll also be involved with supporting organisational change, upskilling line managers and other colleagues with HR responsibilities, working collaboratively to deliver HR services across the region. You’ll also be an active member of our wider HR team, working across the Trust as a whole to support casework, deliver training, and lead on HR workstreams.

CIPD qualified (or equivalent), you must have previous experience of advising on a wide range of employee issues, including casework, within a school setting.  A pragmatic team-player with great organisational skills and the ability to work 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.

You’ll be required to travel between academies in the Greater Manchester area (inside the M60/62) regularly, and will also provide occasional support on case work at academies elsewhere in the Trust (which currently includes West Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Merseyside). Own transport and a willingness to travel and work flexibly (with due notice) is therefore essential.

You will be officially based at our Connell Co-op College site (M11 3BS) but able to work flexibly across your allocated academies and from home.


  • 30 days annual leave + bank holidays (pro rata if part time)
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Co-op staff discount and other benefits

Start date: September 2021

End date: expected to be Nov/Dec 2022

 0.8 to 1.0 FTE (29.6 to 37 hours per week; over 4 or 5 days – if part time, must work Friday)




Applications must be on our application form (returned in Word or Google Doc, not pdf format), which is available along with other supporting information to

If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact prior to 02 July.

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