University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

HR Adviser (Workforce Planning)

United Kingdom

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HR Adviser (Workforce Planning)

The University of Cambridge is one of the foremost global Universities, widely recognised as a renowned centre for research, education and scholarship. We employ more than 12,500 staff, approximately half of whom are academic or research staff and the other half are professional services staff. The University has just entered an exciting period of change through the launch of the HR Transformation Programme, which aims to transform our HR capabilities, processes and ways of working to support and sustain a positive and thriving working environment for our staff.

We have an exciting opportunity to become an integral part of the small team responsible for the successful implementation of the Casual Workforce Project which has been identified as key strategic priority for the HR Division.

Reporting to the HR Strategic Lead of Workforce Planning, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing specialist support and advice to departments undertaking reviews of their workforce under the Casual Workforce Project;
  • Support departments to make the cultural shift in managing casual workers through ongoing education;
  • Carry out research and analyse to assist with resolving problems e.g. to address the challenges and risks associated with implementing a new guaranteed minimum hours contract;
  • Develop strategies and plans to ensure effective communication across the University to all stakeholders;
  • Input into project planning and risk management to deliver organisational objectives;
  • Build and develop strong working partnerships with managers, colleagues, specialists and other key stakeholders to deliver requirements and mitigate risk;
  • Actively participate in the broader work of the HR Policy and Strategic Projects Team by providing advice, working cooperatively on team projects and focusing on team objectives.
  • What you will need:

  • Substantial experience in either an HR generalist or specialist role, including operational exposure to application of employment law, employment status, case management and organisational change management;
  • Exceptional standard of written and spoken English, with experience of writing reports and web material to a high standard for publication;

  • Experience of implementing project planning and management methodology,

  • A proactive approach to delivering outputs to quality and on time, working autonomously and through others;
  • Well-developed influencing skills;
  • Ability to analyse problems at strategic and operational level, identify root cause and develop a range of creative and innovative solutions that will add value;
  • Graduate with membership of the CIPD or equivalent level experience in a generalist HR role.
  • Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2024 in the first instance, on a part-time 0.8 FTE basis.

    Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

    Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

    We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part- time working or other flexible working arrangements.

    Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

    Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Anne Pollintine, HR Strategic Lead, Workforce Planning and Strategic Projects at [email protected].

    Closing date is: 2nd October 2023

    Please quote reference AH38490 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

    The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

    The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

    Further information
  • Further Information
  • Department/Location

    Human Resources Division, Central Cambridge


    £40,521-£54,395 pro rata






    15 September 2023

    Closing date

    2 October 2023

    Job details


    HR Adviser (Workforce Planning)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    September 16, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 02, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Law

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