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Deputy Director – HR Partnering and Policy

SOAS University of London - Human Resources

Location: London
Salary: £60,239 to £69,132 Per Annum, Grade 9
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th February 2024
Closes: 17th March 2024
Job Ref: AY987197BloDDHPP

SOAS is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. We are uniquely positioned to play a leading role in reimagining higher education globally, with a strategic plan in place as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the university which commits SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the Department:

With a new and energetic People Director in post, the HR team is embarking on a programme of modernisation, upgrading our systems and processes, becoming a high performing and modern people team, enabling SOAS to meet the challenges ahead and realise our mission. Now is a perfect time to join a welcoming and supportive team, contributing, not only to the usual day to day work but also playing a key role in shaping our future. This is a growth opportunity for SOAS as well as for the successful candidate.

About the Role:

Reporting to the Director of People, this new role for SOAS will be tasked with establishing and steering the HR and L&D Business Partnering functions, with a particular focus on our customer-facing teams. This pivotal role will provide robust expert guidance and judgement to complex situations, ensuring compliance and fostering an employee experience that resonates with the university’s organisational values.

The role has overall responsibility for managing a programme of regular policy reviews, is the key liaison point for the campus trade unions and has lead responsibility for overseeing Employee Relations casework. The post holder is also responsible for projects to implement change strategically aligned to organisational priorities.

The Deputy Director has overall responsibility for the delivery of an effective, efficient and customer focused HR and L&D business partnering functions, to ensure our support, advice and intervention is well respected across the university.  The role will also deputise for the People Director as necessary and be a key strategic adviser and thought partner to the HR leadership team. 

Further information:

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities, which can be found on the SOAS website.

You will also find information about SOAS’ location in historic Bloomsbury as well as the benefits of working in Higher Education

How to Apply: 

Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and a supporting statement, clearly demonstrating how you fit the role and what you will bring to the team. 

Closing date:  17th March 2024            

Interviews to be held: TBC

Further information

If you have any questions about the role, please contact [hiring manager].  If you require any assistance regarding the application process, please contact hr-recruitment@soas.ac.uk

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