We’re Hiring – HR Manager (fixed-term)

We are looking for an HR Manager to join The Student Room. This is a fixed-term maternity contract commencing October 2023 for 13 months.

Who are we?

The Student Room Group is the largest, most useful and best-loved online student community there is. Millions of students turn to us first for advice, info, and support on work, learning and life’s ups and downs. And that means we’re uniquely privileged to connect educators and employers to switched-on young people actively seeking out answers and meaningful connections.

What does the HR Manager at The Student Room do?

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this role has responsibility for providing support and guidance to our 55 employees based in Brighton and remotely throughout the UK.

The role plays an instrumental part in developing and maintaining a successful working environment where employees can perform at their best. People experience is an important part of our culture; whether it’s a candidate looking to join the team or support for existing employees with their ongoing career journey and development, we strive to provide the best experience for all.

This is a hands-on generalist role suited to an HR professional who has a positive attitude, excellent communication skills, and a desire to deliver first class HR service. You will enjoy doing the basics brilliantly when it comes to all things related to people, plus have a keen eye for detail. The position has one direct line report.

Key role duties and responsibilities:

Key responsibilities will include managing the following aspects of HR:

Management and key relationships:

  • Build positive and trusting relationships with the management team by providing supportive and practical guidance, alongside general employment law advice, on HR best practices for a range of people-related circumstances. 

Recruitment and selection:  

  • Work with the HR Assistant on end-to-end recruitment campaigns that attract and engage diverse, high-calibre candidates whilst providing the best possible candidate experience. You will be involved in everything from placing adverts and reviewing CVs to attending interviews. 

Employee life cycle:  

Be responsible and provide best practice guidance and support for all people-related processes and projects within the employee life cycle. This includes –  

  • Onboarding – from contracts to inductions and welcoming new starters on their first day
  • Employee engagement
  • Maternity, paternity, parental and shared parental leave 
  • Flexible working requests
  • Absence management 
  • Performance management 
  • Learning & Development 
  • Disciplinary & grievance 
  • Lead the annual salary review process 
  • Offboarding – gather farewell feedback and act on this as appropriate 

Payroll & benefits:  

  • Collate, submit and thoroughly check monthly payroll, pension and annual statement information and reports. 
  • Manage and renew the employee benefits package, including private healthcare, cash plan and life insurance. 

Management and administration: 

  • Be the first point of contact for employee questions on anything, and everything, HR
  • Oversee HR administration and support operations activity as needed.
  • Coach and line manage our HR Assistant
  • Ensure accurate information is maintained in people systems (we use PeopleHR and Officevibe)
  • Be a champion for promoting internal company communication 

This opportunity will suit someone who has:

  • Previous generalist HR experience and solid track record from working in a similar environment (essential)
  • CIPD level 5 or above (highly desirable) 
  • Solid employment law knowledge (at an HR generalist level)
  • A genuine passion for people and HR and is keen to be involved in day-to-day HR operational work 
  • Exceptional attention to detail with high levels of accuracy and thoroughness in your approach to work
  • Experience in line management and of working closely with management teams
  • Experience in processing payroll 
  • Great communication skills with the natural ability to empathise and build strong relationships with stakeholders across all levels
  • Clear understanding of what “good” looks like when it comes to recruitment, candidate experience and onboarding 
  • An ambitious and optimistic “can do” attitude with enthusiasm to proactively generate new ideas, solutions and initiatives and put them into practice
  • Experience with online HR systems/databases and Microsoft packages 
  • The ability to prioritise, organise and work on your own initiative 
  • High levels of integrity and confidentiality 

Working at The Student Room

We care about employee development, happiness, wellness, and work-life balance. We offer a welcoming, friendly, and supportive working environment, plus we enjoy lots of great benefits including:

  • A competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays and your birthday day off
  • Opportunities for ongoing learning and development
  • Flexible working hours and arrangements
  • Group Life insurance
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Cycle-to-work Scheme
  • Regular social, team, and charity fundraising events

This is a fixed-term maternity contract commencing October 2023 for 13 months.

Salary: Circa £30k per annum (FTE £50k), based on experience.

Working hours: 22.5 hours per week, ideally from Monday to Wednesday; however, other work patterns will be considered.

Location: This role can be office-based in central Brighton, hybrid, or remote.

To apply for this position to join the team, please send a cover letter (including information on your salary expectation and desired work pattern) plus your current CV to hr@thestudentroom.com

For the most up to date details regarding all current vacancies please visit http://tsrmatters.com/find-out-about-us/join-the-team.

The Student Room is dedicated to providing an inclusive working environment that encourages diversity and equal opportunities for all. We are committed to supporting a team that is representative of a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills.

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Could this be the next step in your career?

Get in touch by sending your current CV and a cover letter to hr@thestudentroom.com. We would love to know more about you, your career aspirations and salary expectation.

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