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People Officer

Job Details
  • 5630
  • Chester Zoo
  • Chester
  • Contract, Full Time
  • Salary of £24,458 + possibility of home working, one day per week

People Officer – Fixed term contract (12-month maternity cover) with option to work from home one day per week.

We are Chester Zoo

We’re not just an amazing, award-winning visitor attraction that’s home to 20,000 incredible animals inside 128 acres of stunning gardens. We’re not just the UK’s most popular zoo. We’re a major wildlife charity that’s committed to the recovery of endangered species, globally. And, as the world faces an extinction crisis, we’re making a hugely significant contribution to conservation at a time when it’s needed most. We are Chester Zoo and we prevent extinction.

The Role – People Officer

We currently have an exciting vacancy for a People Officer to join our People Team on a temporary basis to cover a period of maternity leave. 

This is a great opportunity for someone that is passionate about delivering outstanding support to the whole organisation and takes pride in their work, providing expert advice and guidance within a fast-paced environment.

We’re looking for someone who can:

  • Provide first line advice and guidance on HR matters in line with the zoo’s policies, procedures, and best practice
  • Support the recruitment process by assisting and advising managers in the preparation of adverts, scheduling and supporting with interviews to ensure that every candidate’s journey is positive and reflects the zoo’s values
  • Provide support and advice with regards to the management of sickness absence referring to Occupational Health where appropriate
  • Ensure that accurate information is provided to payroll in a timely manner and in line with payroll deadlines
  • Undertake and support projects as required

What makes Chester Zoo a great place to work?

As the UK’s biggest and best zoo, we have ambitious goals, exciting plans, and there’s always lots going on here. We’re an inclusive and diverse organisation, made up of nearly 500 permanent and 500 seasonal team members, and we know how important it is to invest in our colleagues to help boost their career development.

The Package – People Officer

  • 12-month fixed term contract for maternity cover
  • 32 hours per week worked flexibly between our core hours of 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday with 30-minute unpaid lunch break
  • Possibility of home working, one day per week
  • 33 days annual leave per year pro-rata (based on 40 hours)
  • Salary of £24,458 per annum (FTE £30,573) 
  • Staff pass so you can visit the zoo during your time off plus a number of complimentary tickets for your family and friends
  • Access to healthcare plan
  • Employer contributory pension scheme

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience gained providing HR advice and support, working autonomously where required
  • A Level 5 CIPD qualification or equivalent experience
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Knowledge of HR best practice
  • The ability to influence and coach at all levels
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • The ability to deal effectively with issues of a sensitive nature, demonstrating tact and diplomacy

Shortlisting of applications and interviews for the role will take place while the advert is live; the advert will close once the successful candidate is found. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

How To Apply

To apply for this position, please click the ‘apply’ button on this page where you’ll be redirected to the vacancy on the Chester Zoo website. You will then be required to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for this People Officer role.

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