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3 Mar 2023

Full-Time HR Officer

ArkSchools – Posted by ArkSchools London, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

HR Officer


Reports to: People Operations Lead

Location: West London – currently operating an agile working policy with two core days (Mon and Weds) in the office

Contract: Permanent

Pattern: Full Time (standard hours 9am – 5:30pm)

Closing date: 20/03/2023 at 10am

1st round virtual interviews: 24/03/2023

2nd round face-to-face interviews: 29/03/2023

Salary: £28,500


About the role:

Are you looking for a challenging role working with other HR Officers to provide the best service your team can offer?  Do you have a head for numbers? Are you passionate about the employee lifecycle? Are you constantly striving to improve processes and streamline activities?  Are you someone who thrives in a fast-paced environment? This might be the job for you!


We welcome applications from candidates who may currently be in their first HR role and are looking for a step up. We will provide training on all aspects of this role within a structured and supportive environment.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Timely and accurate monthly processing and reconciling of payroll, pensions, benefits
  • Resolving first line employee support queries via a service desk set up
  • Administration of all employee lifecycle events; offer letters, contracts, contract variations and references
  • Responsible for maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave processes and queries from central office employees
  • Ensuring probation, performance appraisal and sickness management procedures are completed for central office staff
  • Updating HR systems with new starter information, absences, leavers, and other changes


Key Requirements:

  • Experience of working in a fast-paced HR function
  • Experience of starter and leaver processes (including contracts)
  • Familiarity with working with HR data systems
  • Understanding of processing and administrating payroll and pension monthly from start to finish
  • Highly organised, ability to plan and prioritise own workload ensuring the meet deadlines effectively
  • Excel Skills – experience with using data sheets, formula and reporting


View the full job description and person specification here


About Ark

We’re an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we’re a network of 39 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we’re recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.


You’ll be joining a group of like-minded, ambitious individuals who work collaboratively and are all committed to our core mission, that every child has the potential to succeed. Having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, we are shaping our goals for the next 20 and there has never been a more exciting time to join us.



  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service and full office closure between Christmas and New Year
  • Hybrid working, with currently two days a week in our state-of-the-art office in West London working alongside colleagues
  • Regular social events, monthly free breakfast, and daily fruit
  • A flexible approach to working with understanding and consideration for work life balance and personal commitments
  • As an Ark employee, you will have the opportunity to be part of the TPT (The Pension Trust) scheme, our workplace pension scheme where we make an 11% contribution; you are not required to contribute towards this scheme unless you choose to. Depending on your role you may also be entitled to LGPS which is a defined benefit scheme where you contribute a percentage based on how much you earn (as do we) in exchange for a guaranteed amount in your pension pot every year
  • Access to high-quality professional learning throughout your career, offering both face-to-face sessions and a bespoke online learning platform
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bike, gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym and free eye tests


Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.  

Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link. 

How to Apply

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Monday 20th March 2023 at 10am but please note: we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Click here to apply   This ATS application form should take no longer 20 minutes to complete. At any time, you can pause, save, and log back in. If you have any difficulty with meeting the deadline for application, please contact

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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