HR Officer | The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum

Job Title: HR Officer
Employer: The Bowes Museum
Location: County Durham, United Kingdom
Salary: FTE (15,810.81 pro rata)
Employment Type: Permanent
Reference Number: 3573_8879580


Job Details:

As the Bowes Museum enters an exciting period of change, investment and transformation, we are seeking to recruit a new role of Human Resources Officer to join our team. The role will lead the museum’s HR provision helping ensure a confident, capable and happy workforce to achieve the museum’s future ambitions. Investing in our people is a key ambition and the post holder will help identify and provide training and development opportunities for employees, as well as supporting managers with guidance around such issues as recruitment and induction, performance and progression, and disciplinary measures where they might arise.

Wider work will include conditions of employment, ensuring diversity, equality and inclusion across our workforce, negotiation where required with external work related agencies, pay and reward, recruitment and retention as well as ensuring we have up to date, fair and robust working practices and policies in place. We are looking for somebody with enthusiasm and drive, with a passion for great people management and enabling teams to thrive.

We are an equal opportunities employer. Diversity within our workforce, programmes and approaches is crucial to our mission of being equitable, sustainable and relevant. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have been traditionally under-represented within the sector including but not exclusively those who identify as people of colour and/or people with disabilities.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To support managers in the delivery of great people management
  • To help ensure the museum operates fairly and in line with all legal requirement relating to HR
  • Write and develop job descriptions, person specs and job adverts
  • Manage the application process for new staff
  • Support the appointment and induction of new staff
  • Help create plans that help develop and retain our staff
  • Manage our training programmes and delivery of some elements of training for example Induction and to support as required
  • Ensure prospective staff have the right to work at the organisation
  • Deal with staff welfare and administration centred activities including timely accurate record keeping
  • Support in the development of strategies to manage long term staffing needs
  • Where requested support on salary reviews and redundancy programmes
  • Help revise and develop our policies and procedures as required eg working conditions, performance management, equal opportunities, disciplinary procedures and absence management.
  • Advise Line Managers in how to implement policies and procedures
  • Liaise with a range of colleagues involved in policy areas such as staff performance and health and safety.
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation
  • Prepare and update staff handbooks
  • Maintain employees records
  • Interpret and help advise on employment law
  • Support in dealing with grievances and disciplinary procedures
  • Analyse training needs in conjunction with departmental managers.
  • Help build confidence in line managers to deliver confident, effective and fair people management.

General responsibilities and duties:

  • Contribute effectively to the success and culture of The Bowes Museum.
  • Interact and cooperate proactively with all employees, trustees, and volunteers, ensuring good teamwork, inclusive practices, and interdisciplinary activities across work strands, projects and programmes.
  • Make the best use of technology across our activities. Be proficient in the use of Microsoft packages in particular Outlook, Word and Excel Support effective communications and promotion of The Bowes Museum and our activities.
  • Work flexibly at times and on occasions that connect with the needs of our audiences and communities.
  • Ensure we are adhering to and compliant with our policies, processes and statutory obligations.
  • Take ownership of your professional and personal development, working with your line manager to identify and address gaps in skills and competencies.
  • Ensure that the Health and Safety policy, organisation arrangements and procedures under your control are understood, implemented, and monitored.
  • Ensure your work is managed in a GDPR compliant manner.
  • Help to remove any barriers to equality of opportunity and eliminate unfair and unlawful discrimination, giving everyone an equal chance to learn, work and live free from discrimination and prejudice.
  • Demonstrate and advocate for the museum’s values and behaviours in all we do.
  • To work within the museum’s environmental policies and practices to support the organisation’s sustainability ambitions
  • To carry out any further duties as may be reasonable requested by your line manager, commensurate with the role.

To apply please send an up to date CV and Covering Letter by an email via the button below.

Your Covering Letter should refer to the essential criteria noted in the role profile’s Person Specification. Please tell us about how your specific skills and professional experiences meet the different competencies, qualities and experiences required and give examples.



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