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Advert Date:   Tuesday, 14th September 2021
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Job Title:   People Adviser
Organisation:   Watts Gallery Trust
Salary:   £26,000 - £30,000 p.a. (pro rata)
Type:   Part-Time Position (15 hours a week)
Location:   Compton, Surrey, England
Closing Date:   Thursday, 30th September 2021
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  Job Description
Watts Gallery Trust has an exciting opening for the new part-time role of People Adviser. As the museum recovers from the pandemic and delivers its masterplan programme over the coming years, we are looking for someone who is flexible and enjoys working in a professional services support role in a fast-paced and changing environment. Working at the heart of a thriving cultural institution you will provide dedicated people support to the Senior Management Team. You will be an experienced HR generalist with responsibility for ensuring a compliant and efficient HR function to support the full employee lifecycle including recruitment, contracts of employment, policies and procedures, employee wellbeing, performance management, training and development, employee relations and diversity and inclusion. You will provide guidance, advice and coaching to line managers to support them in resourcing and managing their teams. This is a new role and it will involve the setting up of new processes and procedures and the selection and implementation of a new HR software system. You will work proactively to implement the HR Plan that will support the priorities and objectives of the Gallery as supported by an external HR Services supplier.

• 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 processes, ensuring they are fit for purpose, legally compliant and follow best practice.
• Lead on specific HR initiatives and projects e.g. HR software implementation.
• 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 in liaison with the external HR services supplier and in line with General Data Protection Regulations.
• 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, employee self-service, and absence management.
• Working closely with the Finance Manager, provide salary and pensions data and liaise with payroll on staff salaries.
• Set up and drive employee engagement initiatives.
• Support learning & development plans.
• Support the pastoral care and wellbeing of staff, liaising with the provider of the Employee Assistance Programme as required.
• Work with the Board and Staff Diversity and Inclusion working groups to create and implement plans to embed diversity and inclusion within Watts Gallery Staff teams.
• Oversee the completion of all staff appraisals, probationary and midterm reviews, and exit interviews.
• Annual Benchmarking of HR policies, employee pay and benefits.
• Manage the training budget, research training opportunities and organize organisation-wide training opportunities.
• Undertake any other duties commensurate with the role, as required.
  Required Skills / Qualifications
Skills & Experience
• 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, seeking support of external HR and Employment Law advice as necessary.
• Consistently high level of responsiveness, tact and diplomacy and ability to maintain confidential information.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and confidence in dealing with a diverse group of staff, managers and stakeholders.
• Proficient IT skills, with good document preparation, records management and knowledge of HR software systems.
• Ability to take responsibility for tasks, projects and situations and can work independently and unsupervised.
• Good judgement and decision-making skills.

Knowledge & Qualifications
• Working towards or CIPD qualified to Level 5

Personal Attributes
• 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.
• Flexible and adaptable with the ability to anticipate requirements and plan effectively.
• A confident and effective communicator with the ability to present to a wide range of audiences.
• Comfortable working with a wide range of staff, managers and stakeholders.
• Highly organised and efficient.
• Resilient under pressure.
• A team player who enjoys supporting the effective management of a wide variety of strategic goals and tactical issues.
  Application Instructions
To apply, please download the application form and equality and diversity monitoring form from our website at and send them to by 12pm on Thursday 30 September 2021. In your application, please also include where you saw the role advertised or found out about the position. The most recent Annual Report and Audited Accounts and details of vision, mission and social impact can be found on our website at

First and second interviews will take place on Friday 8 October and Friday 15 October at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village. It is hoped that the successful candidate will be available to commence in post by the start of December at the latest. Please let us know within your covering e-mail if you are shielding or require any adjustments to the interview process.

Watts Gallery Trust is committed to addressing inequality in the arts and ensuring equality of opportunity in employment. We consider diversity a strength and are keen to make our workforce more representative of different backgrounds and experiences. We strongly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, young, disabled, LGBTQI+, working class, or living or working in areas of socioeconomic deprivation in our region.
Contact Name:   Ms Kate Waldock
Contact Tel:     07947 661660
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Contact Email:
Address:   Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey.