HR and Payroll Assistant

  • The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, Chatham
  • Chatham

HR and Payroll Assistant

Job advert

TSAT D Scale £20,045 - £22,561 per annum (pro-rata to £11,918 - £13,414)

22 hours per week, 52 weeks per year


We are looking for a HR and Payroll Assistant to join our HR team and provide administrative HR support to our schools and Central Services teams. This position will be based in Medway at the Trust Central offices at New Horizons Children’s Academy.


This role will be 3 days per week, the days are flexible and can be discussed at interview.


You will be required to support the Trust’s HR, Payroll and Recruitment function, assisting our Central services and Academies in all administration relating to HR, payroll, recruitment, record keeping and documentation. The successful candidate will be joining a small, welcoming team who work closely together and enjoy supporting one another.


You will be required to respond to HR and payroll queries from our schools’ staff, and to ensure that staff are paid accurately and on time. The post-holder will be a first point of contact for advertising all vacancies, and will attend recruitment events, as well as assisting in the organisation of Trust recruitment events and other HR events. We are currently bringing our HR and Payroll function fully in-house for the new academic year; you will play a part in shaping this project and ensuring that the HR transformation is a success.


What you will need to succeed:

(please see the Job Description for full details)


  • Excellent administration skills and office experience
  • Experience working within an operational HR and payroll team, recruitment experience would be beneficial
  • Hardworking individual
  • Quick to learn and motivated to deliver a high level of administration support to our schools across Medway and Portsmouth
  • Able to work quickly and efficiently in order to reach the best outcomes at all times
  • Good ICT skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Previous experience of using a HR/payroll system
  • Confident with meeting new people
  • Able to work independently
  • Maintain confidentiality inside and outside of the workplace


The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is a successful family of schools that work together to improve the life chances of all its children and young people.  Our Trust currently consists of 17 schools, 12 primary and 5 Secondary, based across the Portsmouth, Deal and Medway areas.


What you will get from The Thinking Schools Academy Trust:

  • The opportunity to join a growing organisation during an extremely exciting time, with the opportunity for progression as the Trust grows in size
  • Membership to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employees who join our Trust can also benefit from a discounted price of £10 per month membership of the TSAT gym, which is conveniently located on site at New Horizon’s Children’s Academy in Chatham
  • Our Trust can also offer you an employee benefit and childcare voucher scheme
  • The successful applicant will also have access to the local government pension scheme and an annual leave entitlement of 26 days, increasing to 30 after 5 years of service
  • A competitive salary
  • A fun, hardworking and welcoming team who enjoy supporting each other
  • Vast support network from senior leaders within the school and our Trust
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme which provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas


This is a fantastic opportunity to join us at a really exciting time for the HR team, as we continue to develop the professional HR and Payroll services that we provide. If you are interested in joining our growing Multi-Academy Trust and developing your career, please apply today!


Closing date:             Sunday 2nd June 2019

Interviews:                 Week commencing 10th June 2019


Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy early if a suitable candidate is found.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.