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Industry:Museums & Galleries
Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £26,000 - £30,000 (FTE)
Company:Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
Open to all
Apply by:23/09/2021 - 17:00

People Adviser

Are you an experienced HR generalist who would like to have responsibility for ensuring a compliant and efficient HR function to support the full employee lifecycle? Check out this role with a leading arts hub in Surrey...

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills. Part of the Watts Gallery Trust, an independent charity established in 1904 to manage the legacy of George Frederic Watts OM RA, one of the leading artists of the nineteenth century, the trust set up the UK's first single-artist museum.

Watts Gallery Trust has an exciting opening for the new role of People Adviser. They are looking for someone who is flexible and enjoys working in a professional services support role in a fast-paced and changing environment. This part-time role is for 15 hours per week


  • Be the main point of contact for managers and staff, providing guidance, support, advice and coaching on the full range of people and HR activities: including recruitment , payroll, contracts, absence management, wellbeing, performance management, employee relations, and training & development
  • Review and update HR/People policies, procedures and process, ensuring they are fit for purpose, legally compliant and follow best practice
  • Lead on specific HR initiatives and projects
  • Monitoring and reporting key HR/people matrices to support business decisions
  • Working towards a framework for a recognised people accreditation programme such as investors in People (IIP)
  • Be responsible for HR administration including recruitment administration, offer letters, contracts, DBS checks, personnel files and provision of all HR support and administration for employees and freelance contractors
  • Lead and manage staff recruitment campaigns including development of role profiles, advertising, selection, offer, induction and probation
  • Set up and manage an HR software package to support the implementation of a staff database, electronic employee records, self-service, and absence management
  • Support learning & development plans, pastoral care and wellbeing of staff, and plans to embed diversity and inclusion within staff teams
  • Oversee the completion of all staff appraisals, reviews, and exit interviews
  • Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of your responsibilities

Knowledge, skills, experience

  • Be working towards or CIPD qualified to Level 5
  • A track record of operating at an Adviser level ideally within the charitable sector
  • Generalist HR experience working at an operational level
  • UP to date knowledge of employment law and HR best practice
  • Experience of developing effective HR policies, procedures and processes
  • Ability to advise, support and coach managers on a full range of people issues
  • Consistently high level of responsiveness, tact and diplomacy
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively under pressure in a fast-paced and changing environment
  • Ability to problem solve, prioritise effectively and self-manage workload
  • A confident and effective communicator with the ability to present to a wide range of audiences

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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