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Vacancy | HR Manager

15 September 2020

Club News

Vacancy | HR Manager

15 September 2020

Rochdale Football Club is recruiting an experienced HR Manager.

Reports to:       Chief Executive Officer, David Bottomley

Based at:          The Crown Oil Arena, Rochdale, OL11 5DR

Salary:               £28–32K pro rata (3 days a week)

Job purpose:

Working closely with the senior team, the HR Manager will provide a comprehensive HR service ensuring that Rochdale AFC is equipped with best practice to foster a high performance and inclusive culture. This role will also be responsible for implementing and overseeing processes and policies alongside providing clear direction and guidance to help generate a positive and encouraging working environment.

The role is a varied mix of hand-on operational work combined with a strategic focus which requires providing expert advice and support.

Initially this is a 3 day a week role, however, for the right candidate there is the potential for this to develop into a full-time position.


Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • With the CEO, drive alignment between HR strategy and business goals
  • Continuously monitor and review HR policies and processes and implement changes where necessary
  • Assist with the organisation’s overall operations and the delivery of strategic objectives
  • Develop HR policy and procedures to improve performance and mitigate disputes
  • Monitor and ensure company compliance with changing employment laws
  • Manage complex employee relations including but not limited to dispute resolutions, absence management, disciplinaries and grievances
  • Introduce and manage a robust appraisal system
  • Advise SMT on the terms and conditions of employment and share best practice with them
  • Provide first line advice on current and existing benefits for employees and managers
  • Work with appropriate parties on reward strategy.
  • Provide advice on recruitment and selection strategies.
  • Support the recruitment process – this may include writing job descriptions and preparing interview questions
  • Carry out employee-related administration such as contracts, new starter packs, formal notices of termination etc
  • Leading new starter inductions
  • Oversee staff attendance and absence-monitoring
  • Support the SMT in conducting annual appraisals
  • Support change management processes
  • Implement learning and development policy
  • Manage and talent and succession planning
  • Participate in the implementation of specific projects, procedures and guidelines to help align the workforce with the strategic goals of the organisation
  • Provide general support to ensure staff welfare is optimised.



  • Qualified CIPD member


Skills and knowledge

  • Excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills are essential
  • Solid knowledge of UK employment legislation and its application
  • Proactive team player with strong customer service and problem solving skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion and diplomacy is crucial
  • Attention to detail while working in a fast-paced environment is essential
  • Ability to influence and persuade people at all levels
  • Possess a broad commercial awareness
  • Excellent Excel, PowerPoint and report building skills.

Relevant experience

  • Proven HR generalist experience of three to five years
  • Experience in successfully developing and supporting senior managers through change
  • Experience in compensation and benefits
  • Experience of supporting organisational re-structure would be welcome.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our team, then send your CV and covering letter to our recruitment partner, Alex MacArthur at

The closing date is October 4th.



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