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Trust Central Team - Trust People Officer


Trust People Officer




37 per week, full year with the potential of 40% working from home (business needs permitting)

Contract Type:

Temporary Maternity Cover to March 2023

Start Date:



The de Ferrers Trust

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0LL

The de Ferrers Trust is a mixed multi academy trust based in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.  The Trust currently consists of seven schools: three secondary and four primary.  The Trust educates approximately 5,400 children and young people between the ages of 3 and 19 and employs around 650 members of staff. 

Our vision is to ensure that all the children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfil their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.

The de Ferrers Trust takes pride in its values of working hard, being kind and choosing wisely. We are privileged to work in a community where we have a positive impact on children’s lives and future every day. 

The Candidate

The de Ferrers Trust are looking to recruit a keen and conscientious People Officer to work in our Central Trust Team, based in Burton-upon-Trent.  The role includes an opportunity to work from home for 40% of the week, business needs permitting.  This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and focused HR professional at advisory level to join the People Team on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave.  

The role, which is within a small team, will support with: resourcing, on-boarding, absence management and policy advice. The People Team are currently managing the implementation of a new HRM system (SAM People) which is being rolled out across all schools in the Trust.  This role, which reports to the Trust People Manager, will support roll out of further functionality to ensure the system supports the business and information needs of the Trust.


To provide a professional, efficient, and effective people and recruitment administration service on behalf of the Central Trust Team in accordance with policies and procedures.  Providing support to the central People (HR) Team covering all aspects of human resources.

Under the direction of the Trust People Manager you will be the first point of call for day to day operations, ensuring compliance with all necessary legislation and best practice.  You will support the Trust in all aspects of people management and will liaise with the Trust People Manager for advice on issues.  In addition, you will contribute to the development of the wider People (HR) Team as defined by the Chief People Officer. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Recruiting, developing and retaining high-calibre members of staff through processes including advertising, safer recruitment and pre-employment checks, maintaining CPD and appraisal records
  • Delivering high quality life-cycle administration including HR software data recording, administering new starters, leavers and contract changes supporting audit checks, overseeing absence and annual leave for the central team and assisting with the preparation of casework documentation
  • Support all other People services by keeping key systems updated, researching specific projects and undertaking internal process reviews and developing positive working relationships with our stakeholders
  • People Management including supporting investigations at school level, providing employee relations advice to managers, attending on-site meetings at our trust academies, liaising with processional associations where required.

Capabilities and experience

Demonstrable experience to match the essential criteria in the person specification.    However, what we require from you is hand on generalist experienced which can be nurtured over time with your commitment to the trust.  

In addition, you’ll be someone who:

  • Has a drive to learn, enabling you to support the delivery of a quality service and relay information to our colleagues. 
  • Has an interest in the use of technology and systems, you’ll demonstrate IT ability with a view to eventually being able to format data and convey complex information clearly and concisely.
  • Uses effective communication with a confident nature in problem solving and expressing ideas is encouraged.
  • Is adaptable - you’ll be able to learn quickly which will enable you to respond to changing priorities and engage in managing numerous tasks with conflicting requirements, deadlines and priorities.
  • Is collaborative – you’ll be someone who is happy to develop and maintain credibility in team working, both at a local and wider Trust level. 
  • Has strong personal resilience to remain motivated and focused.
  • Has a continuous improvement mind-set.
  • Education Sector experience is desirable. 


What we're looking for:

  • 3 GCSEs, including Mathematics and English - grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • Affiliate/Associate member of the CIPD, or have at least 4 years’ generalist experience and 2 years’ advisory experience within a Human Resource role.
  • You may have an NVQ level 3 in a relevant discipline.

Continuing Professional Development

The Trust believes that professional development is key to successful employees and offers excellent opportunities for you to grow and achieve.  We provide tailored Continuing Professional Development, mentoring, support and a range of development opportunities across the Trust.

Benefits Package

The de Ferrers Trust strives to be ‘Employer of Choice’ and are committed to the wellbeing and development of colleagues. Offering an excellent benefit package which includes:

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Taste Card
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

How to Apply:

Closing date: Friday 29th October 2021
Interview date: Thursday 4th November 2021
Start date: As soon as possible

You can apply directly to the Trust People Team via the Trust website or email your application to You must complete an application form to be considered. Due to safeguarding reasons we cannot accept C.Vs.

Please note: Completed applications should be received by 9:00am on the closing date.

If you do not hear back after five working days from closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not policy to give individual feedback at this stage.

If you would like to discuss the role, or have any other queries, please contact 01283 372605 and ask to speak to Fiona Hinds, Trust People Manager.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation to prove their right to work in the UK.