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Divisional HR Manager

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Is your next career move into the NHS, or are you looking to consolidate your experience to date within another NHS Trust? If so, we are now looking for an experienced HR professional to provide HR Business Partnering support to a defined business area(s), supporting the delivery of exceptional patient care through robust, timely and innovative HR delivery.

You will work closely with senior managers and clinicians to provide business focused, creative solutions to people priorities, through the delivery of effective workforce strategies. Working for South Tyneside & Sunderland NHSFT, you will feel a sense of belonging and inclusion, you will have the opportunity to grow and develop, feel cared for, valued and supported. We have a blended approach to agile-working where you will need to be site based but also have the ability to work from home for a proportion of your working week.

Main duties of the job

Our Employee Relations team is pivotal to how our Directorate support our workforce of nearly 8,500 staff and we work closely with all colleagues across the Directorate to ensure a culture of compassion and inclusivity.

You will be compassionate, inclusive and kind, tenacious and resilient, with a can do approach to work. You will recognise the importance of being an effective role model, actively demonstrating civility. As a strong relationship builder and influencer, you will effectively demonstrate emotional intelligence in the face of competing demands and conflict.

An Associate member of the CIPD, educated to degree level, with evidence of continuous professional development you will bring significant generalist HR management experience that demonstrates a track record of adding value through an HR Business Partnering approach.

Informal discussions are actively encouraged and so please feel free to contact Paul Jackson, Head of Employee Relations via to arrange.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be part of a team of HR professionals providing a service across South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. The Divisional HR Manager has responsibility for the HR service to a defined business area(s) and for coaching/mentoring junior members of staff, ensuring that the HR services provided are effective and consistent across the Trust.

Working in partnership with the Divisional Directors, Directorate Managers and Clinical Directors, the post holder will support the business area(s) in meeting their key targets/objectives through robust, timely and innovative HR delivery.

The post holder will build effective working relationships with senior managers and clinicians to provide business focussed/creative solutions, develop short and medium term workforce strategies and co-ordinate HR team members to help implement these. The post holder may also be responsible for leading on corporate HR initiatives.


Person Specification



  • Significant generalist HR management experience at a senior level in one or more large, complex organisation with a track record of adding demonstrable value through an HR Business Partnering approach.
  • Demonstrable experience of working successfully in partnership with trade unions and delivering positive outcomes.
  • Experience of dealing with /driving solutions to complex employee relations issues in a complex and changing environment. Providing effective support/advice to managers.
  • Proven track record of developing innovative HR solutions, especially during times of organisational change.
  • Experience of producing and analysing complex data and drawing conclusions suitable for reporting to inform workforce strategies.
  • Previous experience of coaching and training managers in people management skills.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Up to date knowledge of key HR issues locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Significant knowledge of UK legislation case law and good HR practice in order to deal with complex employee relations issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to influence and establish credibility with staff at all levels in the organisation.
  • Sound written skills and the ability to present information logically and clearly. Including report writing skills.
  • Computer literate including working knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • Organised, methodical and efficient.
  • Ability to prioritise and work under pressure.
  • Coaching Skills.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion and its practical application, adding value to organisational culture.
  • Knowledge of service redesign/lean improvement.
  • Knowledge of job evaluation systems.
  • Compassionate, inclusive and kind.
  • Actively promotes fairness and equity.
  • Committed to improving patient care and adding value to the patient experience.
  • Tenacious and resilient.
  • Approachable and friendly.
  • Able to demonstrate emotional intelligence in the face of competing demands and conflict.
  • Strong relationship builder and influencer at all levels up to and including Board level.
  • A can do approach to work.
  • Recognition of the importance of being an effective role model, demonstrating civility and appropriately challenge adverse behavior.
  • Team player.


  • Knowledge of NHS terms and conditions of service.

Physical Skills


  • Able to fulfil the travel requirements of the role.



  • Associate member of CIPD.
  • Degree level education.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in HRM, equivalent professional qualification or experience.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development in current role.


  • Chartered member of CIPD.
  • Mediation skills qualification.

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Trust Headquarters

Sunderland Royal Hospital



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