HR Consultant

  • Salary:
    £31,000 - £37,000
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  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term
  • Closing Date:
    22 October 2021

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Lizzie Philpott

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We are Cambridge University Press & Assessment, a world-leading academic publisher and assessment organisation, and a proud part of the University of Cambridge.


Job Title:  HR Consultant

Fixed term contract 12 months

Salary: Up to £37,000 depending on experience

Location: Cambridge 


Are you a proactive HR Generalist who loves a challenge?


We are looking for an experienced HR consultant for an 12-month period to join our Cambridge University Press & Assessment English product groups'  business partnering team at an exciting time as we go through a period of integration and change following Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press becoming one organisation.


Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Which is why every year, we give vital support to millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. From teachers and learners to researchers and academics, we help to build confidence, unlock potential, and enable success. We give people the opportunity to show what they've learnt, we spread knowledge, spark enquiry, and aid understanding.


We achieve this by embracing change, and continuously focusing on our customers' needs. And by collaborating, and carefully listening to our customers and to each other, we keep moving forward, keep innovating, and keep finding newer and better ways of doing things.


The Role

As a true generalist, the HR Consultant will manage a varied workload supporting UK and some international based client groups in a fast paced, ever changing global working environment. The role will involve working on a wide range of activities including resourcing, employee relations, absence management, employee engagement, supporting the implementation of structural changes as we integrate teams within the English product group. There will also be the opportunity to get involved in implementing and embedding HR work streams and projects.


You will be providing managers with proactive advice, maximising employee engagement and potential – at all stages of the employee life cycle. With the ability to build strong relationships with your client groups you will coach and mentor managers, enabling them to be effective people managers by providing effective solutions, promoting key behaviours and driving best practice.


Collaborative & fun team

Reporting in the Senior HR Business Partner for Cambridge University Press & Assessment English product group, working alongside two other HR Consultants who will be right by your side.


Working collaboratively as a team, you will ensure consistency in the application of policies and processes, whilst having full ownership of your workload. 


As a team, we are collaborative and innovative, with a willingness to share knowledge and information.  We continuously look for ways and areas to improve, seeking others' opinions and feedback, working towards effective solutions.  Does this sound like the team for you?


About you

Ideally, CIPD qualified and you'll already have experience in a similar HR generalist role within a business partnering setting, providing professional and pragmatic advice at multiple levels. Ideally you would have experience working in an international environment too.


You'll have the ability to adapt to evolving priorities and thrive in a fast-paced environment, including the ability to make effective decisions in the absence of complete information in order to drive things forward. 


You'll also have experience advising on Absence Management and Employee Relations, including supporting structural changes, with examples to share of how you have deployed discretion and diplomacy.


We're looking for candidates who, whilst self-sufficient, have a collaborative approach, with a track record of achieving results individually and as a team. 


You'll be able to demonstrate how you have built strong relationships and effectively challenged and influenced managers.  With a high degree of creativity and resourcefulness, you will be approachable and proactive.


As well as the WHAT, we are interested in the HOW.  As a value-led team, we are equally interested in how you have delivered results. 


The key to our work is our colleagues, whose shared commitment enables us to have an ever-greater impact. We are a united, vibrant, and respectful global community of people, and we ensure that every individual is recognised, listened to, and cared for. And because our impact is amplified when our people are empowered, we give everyone the opportunity to develop in their own way. Whether you want a career that's linear, or want to follow your own path, we'll support you, and help give you the resources and training you'll need to be bold and take ownership of what you do.


If you have questions about this role, please contact Lizzie Philpott in the Talent Acquisition Team at Cambridge University Press and Assessment. 


The closing date for application is 15/09/21 and interviews are scheduled to take place as and when good applicants come in.


Cambridge University Press & Assessment is committed to being a place where anyone can enjoy a successful career, where it's safe to speak up, and where we learn continuously to improve together. We welcome applications from all candidates, regardless of demographic characteristics (age, disability, educational attainment, ethnicity, gender, marital status, neurodiversity, religion, sex, and sexual identity), cultural, or social class/background.

We believe that diversity of thought, background, and approach create better outcomes. More importantly, fostering an inclusive culture is the right thing to do, and it's part of how we achieve our purpose: to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Ensuring that anyone, no matter who they are, feels they belong here is an essential part of who we are and the contribution we make to society, and to our planet.

To enable an environment which our people can thrive in, our customers benefit from, and where work complements life, we empower everyone to manage their time and capacity, and to prioritise their wellbeing. That's why from day one everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment can discuss flexible working options to find the best solution for them and their role.



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