HR People Advisor
Leigh Academies Trust

Job reference: 004028

Location: Leigh Academies Trust

Closing date: 22/10/2021

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

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Human Resources

Hours per week: Full time

Start Date: As soon as possible

About the role: Leigh Academies Trust has a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking for their next step in HR, and are seeking to recruit a People Advisor, starting as soon as possible.

The role is based at Leigh Academies Trust Head Office in Strood, Rochester. However, this role supports one of our HR People Partners who covers 12 academies in North West Kent and South East London which would mean travelling to these academies when required. There is, currently, the opportunity to work from home at least 2 days a week.

The main purpose of your role will be to support the HR People Partner with employee relations casework (e.g. disciplinaries, grievances, capability and absence management), including minute taking, conducting investigations, attending hearings and producing documentation. Ideally you will already have experience in dealing with absence management. You will provide administrative support with contractual matters as well as email, telephone and face-to- face advice to academy staff on all matters of HR policy and practice. You will be working with a variety of stakeholders on a daily basis so excellent communication skills are essential; this is a broad and varied role so an open and positive mind-set is essential.  

The People Advisor who joins our team will be a genuine team player and thrive on working both independently and as part of a team, and have confidence in using your initiative. We are a very busy department, so you will have to multitask and prioritise your workload with great skill! Above all else, a positive attitude and motivation to perform well in this role is essential, as is a real passion for HR and pride in representing Leigh Academies Trust in the best way possible. We want the best people in Leigh Academies Trust, and we hope you want to be part of it.  

Our successful candidate will receive;

  • A salary of £26,647 - £30,538 per annum 25 days annual leave per annum plus bank holidays which increases with length of service

  • Further career development and training opportunities to suit your needs and career objectives

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

The working basis of the role is 37 hours per week throughout the full year; Monday to Friday. We would also consider Term Time only for the right candidate.

Please note that interviews will be conducted on Thursday 4th November 2021.

For an informal discussion around the role please contact Naomi Mercer (HR People Partner) on 07892793129 or Please note that all applications must be submitted electronically via our e-recruitment system; we cannot accept CVs or speculative emails outside of this system.  

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust will comprise 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing 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.

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 is 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 to discriminate on any grounds.

Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date.  Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.


The closing date for this job has now passed.