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HR Business Manager, School of the Physical Sciences


The University of Cambridge has a worldwide reputation for excellence in education, teaching and research, delivered through the work of over 11,000 staff. Its HR function sits within the Unified Administrative Services (UAS) which provides services to some 150 academic and non-academic departments and institutions.

A vacancy has arisen for a HR Business Manager to provide leadership for strategic HR planning and operational HR delivery across the School of the Physical Sciences. The School has over 1,500 members of staff, more than 3,000 students and an annual budget of over £100 million. The mission of the School is to contribute to our understanding of the physical world through excellence in observational, theoretical and experimental science and to address problems in the fields of biology, technology, medicine, social science and the humanities.

Supported by a team of HR professionals, the HR Business Manager will work closely with senior staff in the institutions of the School to support the achievement of their organisational objectives, drive HR-related strategic plans and ensure that support and best practice HR is provided to line managers and staff. Operational expertise in complex employee relations, succession planning, change initiatives, HR metrics and recruitment and selection are key aspects of the role. In addition, the HR Business Manager is actively involved in wider HR strategy and policy development, ensuring that the University is up to date with changes to employment legislation and that the HR Division continues to meet the evolving needs of the University community.

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished HR professional who has previously excelled as a business partner or senior HR manager within complex, matrix environments in large organisations. Experience gained within public sector organisations would be advantageous. With first class communication and presentation skills, you will be able to influence at a senior level in the most challenging of situations. Confidence and the ability to engage with all groups of staff will also prove crucial in this established and well respected institution.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference AH12476 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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