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Senior Administrator (HR)

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 02nd Sep 2021
  • Salary: £23,699 to £25,458. With potential progression once in post to £29,471 a year.
  • REF: 210001ND
  • Closes: 23rd September 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job summary

As a senior administrator (HR) within the Institutesyou will provide support for a broad range of administrative duties, some of which may be complex. You may also be responsible for leadingother staff or for supporting colleagues and sharing knowledge. You will be able to use your wide range of skills, both technical and administrative, and have the opportunity to lead on specific tasks within a team. In order to flexibly use resource you may be given the opportunity to work in different areas of the department or wider University.

Main duties

  • You will be able to deal with complex systems and procedures and will be expected to offer advice on these, including deciding on the response to more complex queries.
  • You will be expected to exercise your judgment on the answer to queries or on the direction of work within parameters set by your manager. On a day to day basis you will be expected to resolve more complex queries without necessarily referring to your manager.
  • If you have a supervisory role, you will line manage your staff taking responsibility for co-ordinating and prioritising the work of others. If not in a supervisory role you will still be expected to act as a role model and coach members of the team.
  • Maintain high profile working relationships with key stakeholders on your own initiative, fielding enquiries and ensuring that appropriate information is disseminated to stakeholders as appropriate.
  • You will be involved in organising interviews, meetings etc including booking a venue or arranging online links, sending invitations, arranging refreshments if required, liaising with attendees, manage bookings, co-ordination of colleagues, advertising, collating feedback and reporting back.
  • Will manage some smaller projects on own initiative, but will also carry out desk research and source data from internal and external sources in order to contribute to wider projects.
  • You will be expected to use a variety of complex University systems and processes to research, analyseand interpret complex data, producing bespoke reports as required. This may include identifying and resolving issues with the data.
  • Support the management, development and implementation of operational processes and systems.
  • Process more complex data (which may be financial, HR, student-related or other role related), monitoring accuracy, chasing up missing information, and resolving any issues as appropriate.
  • Provide specialist advice and training to colleagues on area of activity.
  • As required, provide a professional administrative or secretarial service to relevant committees and meetings.
  • You may be required to be responsible for one or more of the following:
  • HR-related tasks such as managing staff absence, induction, or dealing with leavers
  • dealing with arrangements for international visitors
  • monitoring budgets, raising concerns where finances are not in line with the budget,
  • procuring goods and services through the University system,
  • updating and writing contents for the department’s communications eg intranet pages,
  • dealing with health and safety and facilities issues,
  • monitoring internal procedures/compliance and ensuring these are followed and disseminated as appropriate.
  • Supports equality and values diversity, moderating own behaviour to avoid unfair discriminatory impact or bias on others.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Educated to A Level standard, or equivalent level 3 qualification such as a Level 3 NVQ, or level 3 national diploma or relevant work experience evidencing the skills and ability to undertake the role.
  • Minimum of grade C in Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent.
  • Professional experience in a similar roleundertaking HR functions such as recruitment and monitoring of staff contracts
  • Highly proficient IT skills, in particular the ability to handle complex electronic diaries and emails, the wider MS Office suite of programmes including excel and powerpoint, and some experience of using an enterprise resource planning package. The post holder should also be confident and able to quickly learn new IT skills and software packages as required.
  • Proven ability to plan ahead and anticipate requirements, proactively planning own (and sometimes others’ workloads) to manage time effectively, progress tasks concurrently and work to deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write for different audiences, and to required deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. The postholder must inspire confidence and command authority with a range of colleagues and provide excellent customer service at all times.
  • A high degree of professionalism, tact, and diplomacy, and the ability to exercise discretion regarding the handling and management of sensitive information/issues.
  • A high degree of initiative, personal judgement, resourcefulness, flexibility, and a self-motivating approach.
  • Ability to work effectively in a large, complex organisation, and to develop a good understanding of how the University and higher education institutions work.
  • Ability to understand policy and procedures and how to apply these.
  • Understands the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace.
  • Ability to identify and respond to equality and diversity issues in line with relevant policies and procedures.

Further particulars can be found here:http://www.download.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/jd/MDSFPs.pdf

Informal enquires to Donna Wiles, email: d.wiles@bham.ac.uk

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