Recruitment Co-ordinator
Leigh Academies Trust

Job reference: 004375

Location: Leigh Academies Trust

Closing date: 09/03/2022

Salary: £26,647 - £30,538; commensurate with experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: Human Resources

Hours per week: 37 hours per week (8.00am-4.30pm Mon-Thurs, 8.00am-4.00pm Fri)

Start Date: As soon as possible

Are you an experienced recruiter seeking a new opportunity?  

Are you keen to be part of a successful in-house recruitment team that can support you to develop your skills further?  

Do you want to be part of a small but highly effective team that will support you to thrive in your role? 

Leigh Academies Trust’s Talent Team, part of the wider HR Department, is responsible for delivering a fully centralised recruitment process that all LAT academies benefit from. We have a great opportunity to appoint a Recruitment Co-ordinator who will join our team as soon as possible.  This is a brand new role for our team which has come about as we add capacity to our recruitment function.  Working across all segments in our organisation and with a variety of stakeholders/hiring managers, this is a broad and varied role so an open and positive mindset is essential.  You’ll be allocated specific academies that you will co-ordinate all recruitment activity for, allowing you to get to know the school incredibly well and the key staff you will be liaising with on a regular basis.  

Leigh Academies Trust is currently comprised of 31 unique and successful academies, located across the South East London area through to central Kent –  click here to view more information about how and where we operate.

Despite the education sector being one of the most challenging to recruit for, we are unlike other multi-academy trusts based on how centralised our recruitment process is and just how closely we know and work with each of our schools, and the standard we currently work to will be continued and enhanced throughout our growth plans.   

Reporting to the Head of Recruitment & Talent Management, the Recruitment Co-ordinator who joins our team will be personable, a genuine team player and thrive on working autonomously and using your initiative.  You will have relevant experience within a busy HR and/or in-house recruitment environment. Above all else, a positive attitude and motivation to perform well in this role is essential, as is a real passion for recruitment and a proudness to represent Leigh Academies Trust in the best way possible. You will quickly develop an understanding of our academies including their USPs, roles and requirements. You will be creative with your direct sourcing and deliver proactive candidate attraction strategies. In addition, you will build strong and lasting relationships with a variety of hiring managers and stakeholders across the business, sharing best practices and advising on recruitment conduct. The role sits within a five-person in-house recruitment team that work hard and achieve real success year after year with our academies. If you’re looking for a role that offers genuine job satisfaction, this is the role for you.  We want the best people in Leigh Academies Trust, and we hope you want to be part of it.

Click here to view the Recruitment Team structure to see where this role fits in. 

The successful candidate will already have the following personal attributes and will be keen to develop them further;

  • Problem-solving - proven ability to take a variety of business requirements and translate these into tangible and workable solutions using best practice techniques
  • Commercial awareness - demonstrated ability to see, understand and advise on resourcing and recruitment matters from a business perspective, establishing credibility, trust and respect from senior management and leaders
  • Analytical - ability to understand and respond to complex problems, draw and present the right insight and recommendations effectively
  • Proven ability to thrive in a complex matrix environment, collaborate effectively with broader teams and gain support for projects, bringing people together to deliver
  • High levels of self-awareness and commitment to personal development with a growth mind-set

Please note that training will be provided to upskill you in any areas that you do not currently have experience/knowledge of.  As travel between sites is essential for this role, you must hold a valid UK driving license and have access to your own vehicle – mileage is reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy. 

Please contact Olivia Couzins, Head of Recruitment & Talent Management, for a confidential conversation or if you have any questions about the role – 01634 412 240 / 07889 653 215 /

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider. Click here to view our future plans in our Vision 2025 document. ​​​​​​​

As part of Leigh Academies Trust, you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

Click here to view the range of benefits available to all LAT staff. 

Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.  

Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which are why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not discriminating on any grounds.


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