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HR Services Manager

£60,044 to £74,905 per year

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It’s an exciting time for our HR Team. Over the last year we’ve taken great strides to modernise our HR offer; introducing self-service through a state-of-the-art HR System, transforming our resourcing function, embarking on a council wide leadership development programme whilst developing an organisational culture through our Team Reading values. Further development plans are in place and we need you to help us achieve them.

About the role
We want our people to be the best they can and to give them a platform from which they can deliver the highest quality services to our residents. Central to this is the delivery of top-notch HR Services.

Reporting to the Assistant Director this new role will lead key functions including; Payroll and Pensions, the HR Advisory Service, traded HR Services for Schools and will design, implement and lead a new HR Administration Hub.

Key areas of responsibility include:
Employee Relations
Pay and Reward
The Trade Union Framework
HR Policy
HR Projects and Programme Support

About you
We’re looking for someone who can combine HR expertise with inspirational leadership, someone that enjoys a challenge, can make things happen, whilst never losing sight of the customer. You should be an experienced HR Professional with a track record of managing teams to success and the ability and desire to bring out the best in those around you.

Specific requirements
Significant HR experience (generalist or specialist) gained in a large, complex organisation with multiple stakeholders
A thorough and up to date knowledge of legislation and best practice
Project management expertise and an understanding of project/programme management methodologies
Experience of transforming HR services with an emphasis on customer focus and self-service
Ability to manage a large and diverse team

Our offer
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
Generous holiday entitlement - 30 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
A wide range of flexible working opportunities
Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax

To arrange a confidential discussion on this position please contact recruitment@reading.gov.uk

Closing date: 5th July

Interview Date: Week commencing 13th July

Interview Process: Assessment Centre & stakeholder and panel interview Presentation

Please note that 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. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

Proud member of the Disability Confident employer scheme

About Disability Confident
A Disability Confident employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria for the job as defined by the employer. It is important to note that in certain recruitment situations such as high-volume, seasonal and high-peak times, the employer may wish to limit the overall numbers of interviews offered to both disabled people and non-disabled people. For more details please go to Disability Confident.

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