Vacancy Summary

Fixed Term Maternity Cover (12 months plus), All Year Round, 37 hours per week (Flexible working arrangement with possibility of some hybrid working)

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior HR Generalist to be responsible for our HR division here at Co-op Academy Southfield as an Academy HR Lead. The successful candidate will ensure an efficient HR service, coordinate recruitment activities and have responsibility for the line management of the HR Administration colleague(s). 

Vacancy Information

The role will include:

  • To support the Academy’s implementation of the Trust’s HR policies and procedures through the management of ER casework, liaising effectively with trade union representatives. and escalating cases to the Regional HR Manager when appropriate.
  • To coach and advise the Academy’s leadership team and middle leaders through HR processes and procedures.
  • To manage the Academy’s recruitment procedures, ensuring effective and efficient administrative support and the completion of on-boarding processes in line with KCSiE and safer recruitment legislation.
  • To oversee the Academy’s HR service delivery, ensuring processes and systems are robust to achieve accuracy and compliance with key employment legislation.
  • To support managers with employee attendance and well-being activities in line with the Trust’s supporting attendance procedure and OH advice.
  • To be a proactive member of the Academy HR team by participating in regular meetings, attending training and working to continually improve processes and systems.

You’ll have successful experience of:

  • CIPD Level 5 Diploma in HR Management or equivalent.
  • Experience of working in an HR Advisory position managing ER case work.
  • Experience of undertaking HR improvement projects and reviewing HR processes.
  • A commitment to improving colleague experience.
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to prioritise competing demands. 

For an informal chat about the role and the academy, and/or to arrange a visit, please contact Marie Harper, our Staff Development Manager: 

You may also contact our Southfield recruitment team on for further information. 

How to Apply:

To apply please complete the TES application form on the TES recruitment portal. Completed applications should be submitted via the TES recruitment portal 

The link to the Academy HR Lead application process can be found on 

The closing date for applications is: 9.00am, Tuesday 25th June 2024 

Shortlisting will take place: Week ending 28th June 2024

Interviews will take place: July 2024 - date to be confirmed

For more information about the Trust, please visit

Co-op Academies Trust as an aware employer is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority. This commitment to robust recruitment, selection and induction procedures extends to organisations and services linked to the Trust on its behalf. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and two satisfactory references. All our colleagues are expected to demonstrate a commitment to co-operative values and principles.

The Trust is also committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnerships.

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