HR Project Manager Ref 10540

School/department: Human Resources
Hours: Full Time, 37.5hrs. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: Fixed Term till March 2026
Reference: 10540
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 23 May 2023
Closing date: 05 June 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of this date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed  
Expected start date: To be confirmed

Job description

We are looking for an experienced HR Project Manager to set the aspirations and pace of our many future fit projects. You will be able to demonstrate a proven record of developing, managing, leading, and delivering significant projects within agreed timeframes. You will collaborate with the HR Director and the Executive Team to set this agenda. To aide this, you will have the autonomy and flexibility to work on our Hybrid 50/50 working environment. Naturally, there will be the opportunity to partner with other colleagues within the HR Division and throughout the University to ensure we are one team.

About you….

With your experience in HR and its Policies, you will use your Leadership skills to direct, plan, and manage Projects that focus on our Academic Career Framework, improving our pay and terms & conditions, EDI and OD projects designed to achieve our ambition of becoming an Employer of Choice. You will lead in coordinating and keeping up to date with various activities that will contribute to success. We want to be the best we can be, so your undertaking of internal and external research will give us the insight into new and exciting ways of working. Having sound knowledge of the Higher Education sector is essential.

Ideally you will have a Degree in Project Management or the equivalent experience in HR. Having a Level 7 CIPD Qualification is desirable, but we will consider candidates with a Level 5. If you have the required experience in the field and are highly organised, have excellent time management skills then we want to talk to you! Furthermore, being knowledgeable in Microsoft Office and its Applications is vital, as you will need to collate, analyse, and present data and updates to the Leadership Team and key Stakeholders.

Why work here?

Our university is located next to the beautiful South Downs where you will enjoy all the fresh air that our 150-Acre Campus has to offer. Sussex is a renowned, research-led International University and this is only possible because of the people that work here. Whether you are Faculty, member of Professional Services Team, or a Student, it is only our people that make us great! We want you to be part of that.

The campus is in Brighton, near the Amex Stadium. We are easily accessible by public transport, have dedicated cycling routes, and are right next to the A27.

Below are our benefits that you will get from day one:

  • Generous Pension Scheme.
  • Life insurance of up to three times your annual salary for any pension-enrolled employees.
  • Purchase additional Annual Leave though our Scheme.
  • Discounts on public transport, Cycle to work Scheme, and special rates in hotels in Brighton and the Sussex region.
  • Discounts on high-street shops through our Rewards partner, along with a Cash back Health Plan.
  • Considerable discount on our superb on-site Gym Facilities.

If you would like to join us on our new and exciting journey and feel that you can proactively contribute to our vision, it would be great to hear from you.

Please contact Peter Mitchell,  for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 10540 [PDF 154.06KB]

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOCX 65.11KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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