HR Officer – Recruitment – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 83/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting from £24,777 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
21 July, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a HR Officer - Recruitment to join the busy recruitment team. This team facilitate the recruitment of all of our staff including Cambridge, Pilots, Mariners and Antarctic-based employees.

We are looking for a highly organised manager to support key elements of recruitment including interview planning, on boarding employees, posting job adverts, managing candidates through the whole recruitment process and Working closely with the advisory team on project work for local strategic HR initiatives. You will need to be a confident communicator, able to address people from all levels of the organisation.


HR play a very pro-active role in the recruitment and selection process at BAS and have a key part in the decision making process. It is essential that this is maintained going forward. This role will be responsible for the end-to-end management of the recruitment activities


Generalist HR practitioner or an understanding of key employment law and policy concepts (or equivalent)


• Drawing up engaging adverts which reflect the brand and attract the right level and quality of applicants across our Cambridge, Antarctic and Marine recruitment.
• Liaising with external providers to place ads and negotiate prices
• Utilising social media such as LinkedIn and following a proactive talent search approach in order to reduce recruitment costs and source the best people
• Managing candidates through the whole recruitment process from taking initial enquires to processing applications and CV’s.
• Training and monitoring the implementation and running of our candidate database
• Responding to job queries in a professional way again maintaining the brand and values
• Booking in candidates and resources for interviews and ensure they are followed up
• Attending interviews to ensure we are recruiting the right people for the right roles.
• Ensuring that candidates and agencies are provided clear and useful feedback.
• Provide advice and support on a regular basic to managers and staff on a wide range of operational Human Resources issues, referring to the HR business partner where appropriate.
• Working closely with the advisory team on project work for local strategic HR initiatives
• Keeping up-to-date job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
• Providing cover for colleagues during absence
• Supporting with general HR duties and any other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 83/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 21st July 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 12th August 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. - Essential
  • Ability to draft letters and policy notices. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of presenting to and training of small groups. - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • Competent with standard MS packages - Essential
  • Experience of e-recruitment and HR databases. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to understand policies and apply flexibility within this framework. Knows when to refer. - Essential
  • Good analytical skills - Desirable [3]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to negotiate and influence. - Essential
  • Experience of external relationship management. - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Ability to produce and interpret management information - Essential
  • Budget management - Essential

Other Factors

  • Resilient and able to manage under pressure. Flexible and adaptable - Essential
  • Evidence of professional networking, both internal and external - Essential

Planning and Organising

  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to be successful in a changing environment. - Essential
  • A dynamic individual with results driven approach and attitude. - Essential
  • Practically minded: able to roll sleeves up and get stuck in! - Essential
  • Confidence to work across all levels of the business - Essential
  • Team oriented - Essential


  • Knowledge/ experience of recruitment and selection processes. - Desirable [3]
  • Generalist HR practitioner or an understanding of key employment law and policy concepts (or equivalent) - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to manage time and workload - Essential
  • Ability to work under own initiative, but still within a structured environment. - Essential
  • Experience of leading and motivating small project teams. - Desirable [3]
  • Ability to plan and manage HR initiatives and projects - Desirable [3]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.