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HR Assistant

Join the School of Clinical Medicine (SCM) HR Team, a dynamic and specialised group providing HR, recruitment, and clinical services to diverse departments and units within the SCM. We extend our support to the School of Biological Sciences, encompassing over 3200 colleagues, including 410 clinical professionals and 190 colleagues on CRUK/MRC legacy TUPE terms. Additionally, we cater to over 1000 visitors, contributing to a vibrant and collaborative work environment.

Role Overview:

As an HR Assistant, you will play a pivotal role in delivering transactional and advisory HR support across departments. Your responsibilities will span the entire employment lifecycle, encompassing recruitment, onboarding, employment changes, and payroll functions. Your contribution will be integral to maintaining the high standards of service expected at SCM.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide exceptional HR support, including recruitment, training, advisory, and administrative assistance to staff and managers.
  • Undertake specific HR, Recruitment, or EDI projects to contribute to continuous improvement.
  • Offer advice to managers and staff on recruitment and HR matters in accordance with the University's policies and best practices.
  • Ensure responsive, coordinated, and high-quality HR administration and payroll services, demonstrating initiative in problem-solving.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for HR and recruitment activities, managing and prioritizing workload independently.
  • Uphold accuracy and professionalism in all duties performed.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Previous experience in a similar HR support role.
  • Strong knowledge of HR processes and best practices.
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Familiarity with University policies and procedures is advantageous.

It's an exciting time to join with key projects moving forward including a new Children's Hospital, Cancer Research Hospital as well as other Global Health initiatives. The University of Cambridge offers many benefits including a generous pension scheme, shopping discounts, competitive benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating environment.

Join us in shaping the future of HR services at SCM.

Informal enquiries can be made to Edita Paralova, Recruitment Adviser, on

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date for all applications in the Monday 29 July 2024, with interviews planned for w/c 12 August 2024.

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RA42382 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.

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

Further information

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