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HR Assistant

Attention HR heads! This is an entry-level role, created just for you, at an iconic arts organisation based in Leeds – you won’t want to miss out… 

Opera North is England’s national opera company in the North and a leading European arts organisation. Acclaimed for its imaginative programming and innovative productions on the main stage, Opera North also programmes its own venue with an enormous diversity of activity. Committed to producing high-quality work that informs, excites and entertains, they are looking for an experienced and well-motivated individual to fill the role of HR Assistant.

The HR Assistant will provide administration and advice across all areas of HR activity within the company, working directly with the HR Manager as part of a small and busy team. This is a wonderful role for anyone looking to develop a career in HR, not to be missed.


The role is varied but the main responsibilities are below:

  • Placing adverts, maintaining full ownership of the recruitment inbox and answering any recruitment-related queries
  • Producing diversity-related recruitment metrics as requested by the HR Manager, particularly for the Arts Council England Annual NPO Survey and helping with the gathering and co-ordination of workforce data throughout the survey year
  • Drafting and issuing all necessary new starter paperwork (including contracts of employment) and carrying out right to work checks and reference checks
  • Co-ordinating new starters, contract changes and leavers, including liaison with Payroll to ensure an accurate and on-time monthly payroll
  • Collating and submitting workforce data for the Arts Council England Annual NPO survey every spring, and liaising with departments gathering the data throughout the survey year
  • Contributing to the administration of diversity groups and initiatives, including minute-taking
  • Keeping all relevant HR information up to date and maintained in accordance with GDPR


Any experience, knowledge or qualifications in HR and/or the arts sector are all useful but the more important skills are below:

  • A set of really strong Microsoft Office skills, preferably including Office 365 and Visio
  • Ability to review working practices and suggest improvements
  • Confident communication at all levels of the organisation
  • An enthusiasm for getting stuck in, learning new things, researching and benchmarking
  • Willingness to develop skills advising managers directly on HR casework and issues
  • Minute-taking
  • Drafting and updating staff communications
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Ability to organise and prioritise your own workload and pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and work flexibly in a small and busy team


  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • This traineeship is only open to candidates from a BAME or lower socio-economic background
  • The start date is flexible between September/October
  • Do not contact the company directly