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Deputy Departmental Administrator [Temporary Cover]

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science is seeking an experienced and proactive Administrator to provide support for the Departmental Administrator and act as HR Co-ordinator while the current role holder is on maternity leave.

This role provides support to the Departmental Administrator in such varied areas as finance work and building maintenance, as well as line managing the General Assistant/ Receptionist and Cleaner. The Deputy also manages the reception area, which provides a service to the Department's Whipple Museum and Library as well as visitors to the Department.

The role holder also plays an essential role in coordinating recruitment and appointments as well as taking the lead in several areas of HR administration, including staff review, holiday and sickness records, induction of new staff and visitors, monitoring probation periods and appointment end-dates and maintaining personnel files.

The successful applicant will be educated to 'A' level standard or equivalent with GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent). Proficient in the use of IT, applicants will be able to demonstrate their competency with spreadsheets, databases, and webpage and email packages. Excellent organisational and communication skills are also required together with the ability to work autonomously and as a part of a team.

Informal enquiries may be directed to

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for one year or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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On the online form, in the suitability for the role section, you should explain the reasons for your application and how your knowledge, skills and experience match the requirements of the role. The full contact details for two referees should be included; please note that we will assume that you are happy for us to approach your referees at any stage, unless you indicate otherwise in the space provided on the form.

Interviews will be held on 17th June 2022.

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Please quote reference JN31118 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BAME background.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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