Due to positive growth we have exciting opportunities for you to join our HR Service.

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Introduction

Public sector accounts for a significant section of the UK workforce – a huge 5.4 million employees strong, little wonder HR professionals are attracted to the strength, complexity and rewarding career in this great sector, even more so given the COVID pandemic as we quite literally save lives. The goal is to provide a service to all and, as the name suggests, acts in the public interest. In an environment which is driven by quality of service rather than profit; our residents, communities and visitors are the benefactor of the impact we deliver.

Our HR Service

Whilst the HR service is a core part of North Yorkshire County Council, we are the trusted partner for hundreds of clients that choose us to be their HR partner. The core sectors we deliver to are Public Sector; Local Government, Education: this includes Academies and Schools beyond the borders of Yorkshire. As a large authority, working in partnership and offering our economy of scale to partners for mutual benefit is part of our DNA and our history. In more recent years and in response to changing markets we have more proactively and commercially grown our HR solutions. 

We are proud of the service’s growth and ability to respond changing demands. We are honoured that our clients trust us with their workforce solutions; this is crucial to their most valuable asset and nurturing their success and growth. 

The time is now right to invest further in our service, this is where you come in… 

As a service with approx. 150 HR professionals whether you are at the beginning of your HR journey or have acutely developed your craft we have opportunities for you.

Our roles are challenging but varied, giving you the opportunity to learn different disciplines, adding to your portfolio. We have HR generalist teams and also specialist teams, set-up as centres of excellence. There are clear career pathways with plenty of opportunity to develop and progress.

There is something special about working in HR here; the support and challenge from talented colleagues keeps us fresh, ahead of the latest thinking and we always make a difference. The best of public and private sector approaches. As a result we are recognised nationally for our work; however whilst we are multi-award winners we are never complacent, always driving to identify improvements and deliver greater impact.

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The HR service is constantly adapting; implementing changes driven from new legislation, market forces or customer requirements. Our teams understand, deliver and embed these changes accurately and with strong quality assurance and governance and drives outcome focussed approaches, the platform to enable further growth and our client’s success. Our work is complex and interesting including organisation redesign, driving business performance through workforce development, supporting managers with their staff leadership approaches and interventions particularly when they face the complexities of performance, attendance and resolving conflict. Challengingly and supporting in equal measure, enabling people to thrive.

We understand the key issues our clients face and how HR Solutions deliver solutions with specific value to their sector. 

We build strong collaborative partnerships across the wider HR solutions services, suppliers and other key stakeholders. Through these partnerships we influence others to aid growth and service delivery whilst ensuring that our service is having a positive impact for others. 

The HR service is constantly adapting; implementing changes driven from new legislation, market forces or customer requirements. Our teams understand, deliver and embed these changes accurately and with strong quality assurance and governance and drives outcome focussed approaches, the platform to enable further growth and our client’s success. Our work is complex and interesting including organisation redesign, driving business performance through workforce development, supporting managers with their staff leadership approaches and interventions particularly when they face the complexities of performance, attendance and resolving conflict. Challengingly and supporting in equal measure, enabling people to thrive.

We understand the key issues our clients face and how HR Solutions deliver solutions with specific value to their sector. 

We build strong collaborative partnerships across the wider HR solutions services, suppliers and other key stakeholders. Through these partnerships we influence others to aid growth and service delivery whilst ensuring that our service is having a positive impact for others. 
 

Team North Yorkshire – Covid

The impact of the coronavirus has being felt by business across the UK, despite this, we as an organisation have rose to the challenge the outbreak has given us, the opposite to most we have grown not diminished as a result. Constantly adapting we have remained a stable business continuing to deliver our first class service to our partners but most importantly to the residents of North Yorkshire. We are extremely proud of #teamnorthyorkshire and proud to boast job security for our employees, no feast or famine or uncertainty of furlough in our HR service. 

 

What’s in it for you? 

We want you to work to live not live to work, we want you to enjoy the things in life that really matter to you and this is important to us. We are a large successful, multi-award winning and growing HR Service that can offer career development opportunities as well as job security. You can also expect to receive ongoing support throughout your role and to be part of a friendly and dedicated team.

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We can offer you a range of employee benefits including a competitive salary, generous leave entitlement, flexible working hours, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package which includes a variety of retail discounts.

As a council, we benefit from access to modern technology which has enabled us to work from home pre, during and post the Covid-19 pandemic. These opportunities are no exception and successful candidates will be fully enabled to; work from home, their office base with the opportunity to work across the region and beyond.

Sector knowledge is not required, however you will have a strong moral purpose and making a difference to the residents we serve through successful HR service solutions to our partners delivers your personal job satisfaction and is central to your approach.

We welcome applications from HR professionals at any stage in the journey.

Due to natural staff movement in addition to growth we are excited to offer various roles within our service. Inspired? Apply now for the positions detailed below.
 

HR Business Partner NYHR
Grade: M
Salary: £39,880 - £43,857
Location: Remote working, with base at County Hall, Northallerton

About us

The world of Education is a rapidly changing environment presenting challenge and opportunity: we are proud to be an award winning, responsive and solution focussed service providing a high standard of professional HR Advisory support to over 400 educational settings.  As a 100% traded service, we rely on each and every member of our team to have a highly commercial and professional approach.  Our customers include maintained schools, Academies, Independent Schools and Early Year settings both within and beyond North Yorkshire’s boundaries and we are continuing to successfully grow our customer base beyond North Yorkshire’s boundaries thanks to our excellent team.

As a result of our success, we are looking to expand our team and have fantastic opportunities for aspiring and experienced commercially minded HR professionals either now or potentially in the very near future.

What you will be doing…

This role is varied, challenging and rewarding; - you will deal with a complex employee relations caseload with day to day supervision of an HR Adviser and responsibility for advising clients on sensitive / high profile casework including safeguarding cases, complex grievance, restructures and disciplinaries.  You will also act as Independent Investigatory officer yourself on occasion where the Service is commissioned to act in this capacity.

Educational settings can, at times be complex; no two clients are the same and this requires a very adaptive and inquisitive approach to really understand the needs.  Tailored work with clients can range from supporting them with organisational development type matters through to advising and supporting on setting up local arrangements for negotiation.  We deliver a flexible Service Level Agreement and so are highly responsive to the clients’ needs, whatever they may be.  This makes for a challenging but hugely interesting and rewarding job built on fantastic relationships.

with client management responsibilities for Multi-Academy Trusts, Secondary and Special schools. Your casework will include day to day supervision of an HR Adviser and you will take responsibility for sensitive / high profile casework including complex restructures and safeguarding work as well as providing an expert commissioned investigatory service.

You will also have lead responsibility for strategic targets within our service plan and contribute to policy development, leading on consultation with union colleagues as appropriate. 

This is a highly autonomous role requiring a high level of resilience and ability to manage competing demands and we are searching for a true team player someone who can further build on our commercial success.  

What you will bring…

As the HR Business Partner, you will need to be articulate, confident and resilient with exceptional influencing skills. You will lead by example, with enthusiasm and ambition and with a keen customer focus. You will also:

  • Have demonstrable success as a HR Business Partner or within a Senior HR Manager role, have a breadth and depth of generalist HR experience with evidence of high profile cases;
  • Be innovative and forward thinking, with a keen eye for detail to help drive a culture of continuous improvement;
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbally and written;
  • Proven and effective experience in supporting change management programmes, and a commitment to the performance management culture with the ability to set high standards, deliver objectives and challenge, influence and negotiate with managers appropriately;
  • Have significant experience of working within a large, complex organisation, in private or public sector;
  • Have a commercially minded approach;
  • An ability to adapt your style and approach to the needs of very different customers and organisational cultures building good relationships and trust with our valued clients;
  • Flexibility and a great team spirit always willing to help and support colleagues as well as benefit from the support of the team; and;
  • Be a chartered member of the CIPD (or equivalent) with an excellent understanding of employment legislation.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you we'd love to hear from you...

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: Sunday 4 July
Interview date: week commencing 19 July

Contact us and apply

For further information or a discussion about this opportunity, please contact Principal Advisors Mairi Reed at Mairi.Reed@northyorks.gov.uk or Julie Boucher at Julie.Boucher@northyorks.gov.uk

Apply
 

HR Business Partner – Children’s and Young People’s Services (CYPS)
Grade: M 
Salary: £39,880 - £43,857
Contract type: Established, with Full time and part time hours available
Location: Remote working, with base at County Hall, Northallerton

What you will be doing…

This role is varied, challenging and rewarding you will work closely with senior managers, supporting the continuous review, shaping and focus of HR/OD programmes and initiatives that will achieve delivery of objectives and priorities within services and across the wider organisation.

You will work with all levels of staff across the Council, collaborating with colleagues in order to develop and influence an HR/OD agenda that closely supports the overall aims of the Council.

You will be involved in delivering significant strands of the Council’s organisational development agenda with a focus on cultural change, as well as giving high level and responsive HR advice, including complex restructures. This is a highly autonomous role and we are searching for someone who can further build on our reputation of excellence.

What you will bring…

As the HR Business Partner, you will need to be articulate, confident and resilient with exceptional influencing skills. You will lead by example, with enthusiasm and ambition and with a keen customer focus. You will also:

  • Have demonstrable success as a HR Business Partner or within a Senior HR Manager role, have a breadth and depth of generalist HR experience with evidence of high profile cases; We would also consider Senior HR Advisers looking for the next step in their career;
  • Be innovative and forward thinking, with a keen eye for detail to help drive a culture of continuous improvement. 
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbally and written; 
  • Proven and effective experience in supporting change management programmes, and a commitment to the performance management culture with the ability to set high standards, deliver objectives and challenge, influence and negotiate with managers appropriately; 
  • Have a commercially minded approach; and;
  • Be a chartered member of the CIPD (or equivalent) with an excellent understanding of employment legislation.

Ideally you will have experience in Public Sector HR but all applications will be considered.

Key documents

 Job Description / Person Specification (pdf / 834 KB)

Key dates

Closing date: 4 July
Interview date: week commencing 19 July

Contact us and apply

To arrange an informal discussion, please email: Penny.Yeadon@northyorks.gov.uk

Apply

 

HR Adviser (Policy, Pay, Terms and Conditions) 
Grade: I
Salary: £27,741 to £30,451
Contract Type: Full Time - Permanent
Weekend Working: No  
Location: Northallerton (Currently Remote Working)
 

We have an exciting opportunity for a HR Adviser to join our Pay, Reward and Policy Team.  This is a newly created role following the expansion of the team.
The team is a specialist function within the Human Resources and Organisational Development Service. They act as subject matter experts and play a vital role in attracting, retaining and engaging employees through development of the total rewards package that we offer to our employees; including salaries, leave entitlements, salary sacrifice schemes and benefits that extend beyond the boundaries of the employment relationship.  The team also reviews and develops Corporate HR policies to support our workforce and our strategic priorities, taking into account best practice and legislative requirements.

About the role

Working within a supportive and experienced team of HR professionals, you will draw on your excellent advisory skills and knowledge of HR initiatives to play a key role in delivering a professional service to managers and colleagues on a diverse range of HR matters related to policy, pay, reward and terms and conditions.

You will provide a proactive consultancy service to our internal and external customers, draw on your HR skills and experience to deliver professional advice and challenge, and produce workforce data, information and reports.

Working across a range of HR activities at any one time, you will play a pivotal role in contributing to, and leading on, assignments and projects.  This can range from pay benchmarking, job evaluation and workforce data governance activities through to promoting employee benefits and reviewing policies/processes to make recommendations for change; and lots in between!

You will have the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and skills through collaborating with our network of over 100 HR professionals who work on varied agenda to support our large, complex and highly regarded public section organisation.
For more information please refer to the Job Description. 

What you will bring.

You will have a detailed knowledge of a range of HR practices and associated employment legislation and a good understanding of the practical application of HR policies and procedures.

Through your effective research and data analytics skills, you will be able to demonstrate that you can gather meaningful workforce information and go on to produce relevant conclusions and recommendations that can influence others and their chosen course of action.

You will have experience of successfully contributing to, and leading on, assignments and projects in which you have utilised your effective communication and problem solving skills and produced innovative solutions.

You will thrive on working in a busy and diverse environment, where no two days are ever the same, and your passion for providing an excellent service will be one of your key motivators.

If this role sounds like it could be for you we'd love to hear from you.
 

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: Sunday 11 July
Interview date: 22 and 23 July

Contact us and apply

For further information or a discussion about this opportunity, please email Sarah Longstaff (HR Business Partner) Sarah.Longstaff@northyorks.gov.uk  

Apply

HR Adviser (Advisory) - NYHR
Grade G
Salary: £22,627 to £24,982
Contract: Full time Permanent
Location: Flexible
 

About us

The world of Education is a rapidly changing environment presenting challenge and opportunity: we are proud to be an award winning, responsive and solution focussed service providing a high standard of professional HR Advisory support to over 400 educational settings.  As a 100% traded service, we rely on each and every member of our team to have a highly commercial and professional approach.  Our customers include maintained schools, Academies, Independent Schools and Early Year settings both within and beyond North Yorkshire’s boundaries and we are continuing to successfully grow our customer base beyond North Yorkshire’s boundaries thanks to our excellent team.

Our successful commercial approach has attracted national recognition in the form of winning the 2018 PPMA award for HR and Commercialism.

As a result of our success, we are looking to expand our team and have fantastic opportunities for aspiring and experienced commercially minded HR professionals either now or potentially in the very near future.

What you will be doing…

This is an exciting role, ideal for graduates and those looking to enter the world of HR or those wanting to build on existing HR experience. The post-holder will be the main first point of contact for the service delivering high quality, commercial HR advice on HR policies, procedures, governance and terms and conditions. A key part of this role will be to lead on absence management cases. You will need to demonstrate a coaching style, taking a solution focussed approach to enable schools to deal with their staffing issues.   

You will be predominantly based at County Hall, Northallerton, with some potential for remote working but and will spend up to 50% of your time out of the office and about working with schools across the patch so the ability to travel across the county is essential. 

What you will bring…

As an HR Adviser, you are a confident, self-motivated and organised individual, with a can do approach to work. You are personable and enthusiastic with a passion for delivering a great HR service as well as a team player, strong communicator, who is credible and able to build relationships quickly and win trust and confidence at all levels. Always thinking creatively, ready to challenge existing practices and identifying innovative solutions to meet changing business needs.

You are likely to have experience of working within a large, complex organisation, in private or public sector as well as: 

  • Some knowledge of current employment legislation and good HR practice;
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workloads flexibly and in response to business demands, often working to tight deadlines;
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to work under own initiative;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with a proactive, positive attitude.

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: Sunday 4 July
Interview date: week commencing 19 July

Contact us and apply

For further information or a discussion about this opportunity, please contact Meg Crawford, Senior HR Adviser at meg.crawford@northyorks.gov.uk 

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HR Casework Advisor 
Grade: G
Salary: £22,627 to £24,982
Contract Type: Full Time - Permanent
Weekend Working: No  
Location: Northallerton (Currently Remote Working)
 

Our HR Shared Service Tea, (HRSST) currently have a great opportunity to join them as a HR Adviser (casework). The HRSST are part of the HR service at NYCC providing a HR enquiry service via phone and email and HR casework support to all of the four directorates within North Yorkshire County Council and a number of external customers. Not only do we provide advice and guidance to managers we also help to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in managing their staffing issues. We are a small, busy team normally based at County Hall in Northallerton but currently all of our team are largely working from home thanks to the great technology and IT kit we are provided. The ability to travel across the county to deliver our service when required is however essential.

As HR Adviser you will provide support to directorates in relation to HR policies, procedures, terms and conditions. You will also support managers to develop their skills through the provision of quality professional advice, support and where appropriate coaching on low risk staff management issues. A great communicator you will develop and maintain effective relationships with managers and staff, stakeholders (inside and outside of NYCC) and HR colleagues to ensure service delivery. 

This is a great opportunity for an aspiring HR professional to gain experience within a welcoming and knowledgeable HR casework team. 

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: Wednesday 14 July
Interview date: week commencing 19 July

Venue for Interview : County Hall, Northallerton (Covid regulations permitting) or alternatively we will hold the interviews via online video call. 

 

Contact us and apply

For further information or a discussion about this opportunity, please contact Liz Beavan, Team Manager HRSST on 01609 536859.

Apply

HR Graduate - Pay, Reward & Policy
Grade: E, F, G
Salary: 1-6 months £19,698, rising to £20,493 after 6 months and then £22,627 for the final 12 months of the scheme.
Contract: 2 years fixed term position as part of the NYCC graduate programme
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week
Location: County Hall, Northallerton

We have an exciting opportunity for two graduate trainees to join our Pay, Reward and Policy Team.
The team is a specialist function within the Human Resources and Organisational Development Service. They act as subject matter experts and play a vital role in attracting, retaining and engaging employees through development of the total rewards package that we offer to our employees; including salaries, leave entitlements, salary sacrifice schemes and benefits that extend beyond the boundaries of the employment relationship.  The team also reviews and develops Corporate HR policies to support our workforce and our strategic priorities, taking into account best practice and legislative requirements.

The HR and OD Service is a corporate function that works across the County Council and offers its services to other organisations on a commercial basis.  The service includes the following: 

•    Employment Support Services (payroll, transactional HR)
•    HR Shared Service (operational HR support and advice, employee relations case work)
•    Pay, Reward and HR Policy
•    Organisational Development
•    Workforce Development
•    Resourcing Solutions 
•    Training and Learning
•    Health and Wellbeing
•    HR Business Partnering
•    Commercial HR (HR solutions for the education sector and other public sector organisations)
 
The benefits of this opportunity include:

•    Gaining experience of working for a large, complex and highly regarded public sector organisation;
•    Working alongside experienced generalist and specialist HR and OD professionals;
•    Gaining an in-depth knowledge of the HR and OD profession across a range of functions;
•    Gaining experience of partnership working, both within the Council and with partner organisations;
•    A range of opportunities to support your ongoing professional development;
•    The opportunity to develop a network with over 100 HR professionals who work across our HR and OD service.
   
Graduates who join NYCC are expected to:

•    Achieve the objectives set for them; ask for help/clarity where needed;
•    Develop their knowledge through self-directed study – further research, reading and questions;
•    Fully participate in all training opportunities through on the job experience, mentoring and coaching and formal training and learning;
•    Work toward becoming a member/associate of the relevant professional body, where appropriate;
•    Make the most of the opportunities available within NYCC; and demonstrate NYCCs expected behaviours of:

    Focussing on customers and communities;
    Taking responsibility;
    Working together;
    Acting with Integrity
    Building a culture of continuous improvement and innovation; and leading by example.

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: 11 July
Interview date: 22 and 23 July

Contact us and apply

If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please email Sarah Longstaff (HR Business Partner) Sarah.Longstaff@northyorks.gov.uk  

Apply
 

HR Graduate - Pay, Reward & Policy
Grade: E, F, G
Salary: 1-6 months £19,698, rising to £20,493 after 6 months and then £22,627 for the final 12 months of the scheme.
Contract: 2 years fixed term position as part of the NYCC graduate programme
Hours: Full time, 37 hours per week
Location: County Hall, Northallerton

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Graduate Trainee with a keen interest in HR and Organisational Development to join our awarding winning HR Service.

As Graduate Trainee you will work closely with experienced and dedicated HR colleagues and managers both within directorates and corporately, to support the efficient and effective delivery of the Council’s workforce strategy, directorate service and workforce plans. As you progress in your role you will provide support to managers, to develop their skills through provision of professional advice, support and coaching, briefings and training on staff management issues. 

In addition to dedicated support and training, you will gain experience from working with highly skilled HR and OD professionals and other partnerships, both within the Council and with partner organisations. You will also develop a good understanding and experience of working for a large, highly regarded organisation and gain knowledge of HR & OD professions across a range of functions.

As Graduate Trainee within the HR Shared Service Team you will provide HR and project support to both corporate and directorate and teams across the Council in both generalist and specialist disciplines. In addition, you will support on and deliver one of a range of HR Projects at any one time to effectively meet the organisation’s needs.

We will invest in your training and you will receive mentoring from a member of the senior management team, in addition you will have the opportunity to attend professional training: Employment Law Seminars, CIPD regional branch events and seminars and relevant commercial skills or project management training. 

Start your journey to a great career and join us as a graduate

Key documents

Key dates

Closing date: 14 July
Interview date: week commencing 19 July 2021

Contact us and apply

If this role sounds like it could be for you, and you would like to gain more information, please email Liz Beavan, Team Manager, HR Shared Service Team on 01609 536859 or Liz.Beavan@northyorks.gov.uk. 

Apply

NYCC Benefits

We offer a comprehensive total rewards package for our staff, consisting of competitive pay, generous annual leave, employee assistance programme and more. We also offer various benefits via salary sacrifice, providing tax and national insurance savings of up to 40%. NYCC employees are automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), one of the few remaining defined-benefit pension schemes in the UK. There are many benefits to the LGPS, such as, on average NYCC pays over twice as much as staff towards each pension. Click on our Total Rewards Brochure in the key information section below.

North Yorkshire is a thriving county which adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work. 

North Yorkshire natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire really is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators; 

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness)

Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.  

In addition the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh just two hours away by train. 

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.