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Human Resources Manager

Full-time, Permanent Contract

The Paul Mellon Centre (PMC) is looking for a qualified and highly experienced Human Resources (HR) Manager who can help us create an inclusive and inspirational workplace. We are looking for someone who is interested in developing and enhancing the career and workplace experience of the people who work for our organisation through their leadership of the HR Team and provision at the PMC. Reporting to the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer, the HR Manager plays a crucial role in our organisation of around forty members of staff. We are seeking someone who takes a proactive approach to all employment matters, will research changes in the sector, is up to date with new HR systems and can provide excellent and forward-thinking advice to the Centre’s Senior Leadership Team on all matters related to HR.

Applicants will be expected to work on-site at the Paul Mellon Centre, Bedford Square, London WC1. Hours of work are 35 per week. We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements offered by the Centre.

Salary will be in the range of £55,000 to £60,000 p.a. depending on experience. The Centre also provides a generous range of employee benefits.

Who We Are

As a research centre and educational charity, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC) aims to generate original, inclusive and creative thinking and scholarship on British art, understood in its most diverse and expansive contexts. We host and support a thriving programme of research events. We publish innovative books and a wide range of digital outputs, including our prize-winning journal British Art Studies. We pursue individual and collaborative research projects. With our grants and fellowships programme, we sustain the most exciting and original work in British art and visual culture. We make our specialist archives and library accessible to a growing public, at Bedford Square and beyond. We deliver teaching and learning programmes and run networks that connect researchers and professionals.

The Centre was founded in 1970 by the American art collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon and our activities are supported by the endowment he gifted to Yale University. We are a partner institution to the Yale Center for British Art. Paul Mellon believed in the centrality of the arts and humanities to democratic society and valued critical thinking, the role of the imagination and the expression of ideas. We are inspired by this vision to increase access to British art across all the activities that take place at the PMC and through those we fund elsewhere.

Person Specification

The postholder will:

  • be an experienced HR Manager with CIPD membership and Advanced Level 7 qualification who has a proven track record of effectively leading HR provision and services
  • have a proactive aptitude for solving problems and creating solutions
  • have a forward-thinking and inspirational vision for the role of HR in a charitable organisation
  • have a vision for how working practices and culture can develop for the better
  • be a champion for collegial interactions between colleagues
  • have the ability to work across a number of projects with a fastidious eye for detail whilst keeping the bigger picture of our mission, vision and values always in mind
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with colleagues and external contacts
  • demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and experience working with administrative processes
  • have a high degree of computer literacy, with good experience of how technology and IT systems can improve HR services
  • have good numerical and written communication skills
  • demonstrate a collaborative approach to teamworking as well as a proven ability to work proactively and independently
  • have a proven commitment to the principles of equality, inclusion and diversity (EDI)
  • have excellent knowledge of current issues in equality, inclusion and diversity, and a track record of implementing EDI principles and policies
  • have a sophisticated understanding of the principles and practice of access in the workplace, and how accessibility can be improved
  • have an understanding of and commitment to the PMC’s work and to the arts and humanities more broadly

Previous line management experience is desirable.

Application Process

Please apply using our web application form available via thepaulmelloncentre.hrpartner.io/jobs

If you have any issues applying or have any queries with the web application form, please contact the HR team at [email protected]

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 10am GMT on Friday 1 March 2024


Interviews for the post will be held week commencing Monday 11 March 2024


Queries about the post should be addressed to [email protected]

The PMC is committed to promoting an inclusive and inspirational workplace. We are keen to ensure that opportunities to work with us are open to everybody and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. We are happy to discuss any access needs with potential applicants.