New HR Manager role created at College

Bishop Burton College is one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges.

The college is the only one in the UK to hold Centre of Vocational Excellence status in both Agriculture and Equine and in 2017 accrediting body Pearson declared them “Outstanding BTEC College of the Year.

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The HR team support over 4000 students and 500 employees across their two sites, based just in the outskirts of Beverley, East Yorkshire and the new £24.5million Riseholme College Showground Campus.

You will work in partnership with a specified group of managers, to advise, coach and support them throughout the employee lifecycle in order to improve the recruitment, retention, skill level and engagement of the staff.

HR Manager

This represents a brand new role within the new HR team at the College, as part of future proofing and modernising the department.  

Salary £36,000 - £40,000 + Benefits, including 24% Employer Pension Contribution

Reporting to the HR Director / Deputy Principal, you will be responsible to:

  • As line manager, to provide leadership and management to the Human Resources Team in order to ensure that managers and staff receive appropriate support, which consistently meets or exceeds service levels.
  • Utilise data to identify trends and opportunities to develop and improve people management, development and recruitment practices and provide appropriate reports to management team meetings and College committees.
  • Develop and maintain effective partnership working with key managers, attending meetings and networking as appropriate.
  • Advise managers and staff on matters concerning employment legislation and terms and conditions of employment; and resolve problems of interpretation and application.
  • Support managers in implementing and managing organisational change and provide pro-active coaching and support to assist them. Ensure that changes are well planned and achieve the required outcomes.
  • Manage and undertake case work relating to staff discipline, grievance, redundancy, ill-health, redeployment and other HR matters, in accordance with employment legislation, our policies and procedures and good practice.
  • Work with line managers to ensure the effective performance management of staff including probationary processes for new starters takes place.  Provide advice, as necessary, and guidance when dealing with complex cases.
  • Devise, review and implement agreed areas of HR policy, procedure and practice, in consultation with others.
  • Lead and/or participate in HR projects, including equality, diversity and inclusion projects ensuring that the objectives and timescales of the projects are met.
  • Liaise constructively with recognised trade unions on employee relations matters.
  • Undertake salary reviews utilising job evaluation methodology.
  • Promote best practice in HR Management and work with managers to ensure the consistent application of HR policy and procedure throughout the College.
  • Maintain and develop personal and professional competencies in accordance with job requirements; and contribute to CPD for managers and the HR Team.
  • Participate in the delivery of staff development events, including welcome events and management briefings.
  • Comply with Data Protection requirements in all working practices and maintain confidentiality as necessary. Prepare or contribute to responses to Freedom of Information requests as necessary.
  • Fulfil equality and diversity, and Health and Safety responsibilities appropriate to the role.
  • Take part in all staff College events such as Lambing Sunday and Open Farm Sunday

This is a rare and brilliant opportunity to lead the HR team and provide an effective HR Service to Managers, supporting them in meeting their objectives and suggesting innovative solutions to people management challenges.

This is a role in an experienced team with good development opportunities and in an organisation continually investing.  You will have experience in a similar HR role and be a person who wants to make a difference.

Working within this HR team is a fantastic opportunity if you:

  • Have a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Have strong inter-personal skills and enjoys meeting and mixing regularly with others.
  • Resilient and enjoys problem solving.
  • Want to be a part of a transitional journey for the HR team.
  • Enjoy maintaining and improving existing systems.
  • Enjoy a proactive role

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It expects all staff to share this commitment.  All staff therefore have a responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in accordance with the nature of this post.  A DBS check is carried out for all appointments.

For more information, please call Becki Moore, Principal Consultant on 01482 975960 or email

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