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Schools HR Officer

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced HR Officer to join the busy and friendly Schools’ HR Team.

You will be joining a very experienced and positive team and undertaking interesting and diverse work.

The post holder will work closely with our client group contributing to school improvement and positive changes for pupils in Wandsworth.

About the service

We offer a range of services to help Schools manage a wide variety of human resources issues that will arise, saving them time and resources.

Our team of qualified and experienced human resources professionals provides direct support to school leaders and governing boards. We help schools to ensure they have the right structure in place and a strong body of teaching and support staff to ensure the best outcomes for pupils.

About the role

Reporting to the Senior Human Resources Officers, you will provide support to schools with all HR activities including employee relations, reorganisations, head teacher recruitment, delivering training to schools’ staff on HR topics and advising on schools’ terms and conditions of employment, policies and procedures. You will also manage the schools’ redundancy budget and processes.

About you

Teamwork and excellent organisational skills are essential to meet our high standards of service. With a strong generalist background, preferably in a large, unionised organisation, you are confident advising on a full range of employee relations and educational issues including recruitment, disciplinary, grievance, sickness absence and reorganisations. 

Sound knowledge of current and forthcoming employment law and a relevant HR qualification or equivalent professional experience are desirable.  All members of the Schools HR team undertake termly school visits as well as supporting at investigations and hearings at school sites.

Contact details

Please contact Angela Esson on 07929 874352 or email angela.esson@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or Harwinder Beckles on 07929 874349 or email Harwinder.beckles@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk for an informal discussion.


We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Close date: 11:59pm on Sunday 29th May 2022
  • Shortlisting date: week commencing 30th May 2022
  • Interview date/s: week commencing 6th June 2022

Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your application and supporting statement must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils


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