HR Support Officer

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 26 Apr 2018

Reference number



£26,805 - £31,103


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support
Human Resources

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


37 (excluding lunch breaks)

Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

Cefas is looking to appoint a HR Support Officer to provide assistance to support HR projects and change activities in accordance with strategic objectives.

The post holder will:

• Work in partnership with line managers to support improved organisational and people performance in line with business needs;
• Undertake research and contribute to reports for management analysis;
• Produce and interrogate data for various returns and requests;
• Support delivery of the Cefas NEXT strategy and HR plan, specifically in areas of learning and development/equality and inclusion;
• Support the effective implementation of talent management strategies ensuring all staff have personal development plans;
• Support resource planning and recruitment and selection processes;
• Contribute to the development of a revised performance management system in accordance with Civil Service principles;
• Act as HR Champion for internal communications and focus groups;
• Produce management reports and analysis of people data to inform and improve decision making;
• Progress initiatives such as apprentice schemes and changes in employment law that requires updates to policies;
• Implement GDPR (Government Data Protection Regulations) for HR processes;
• Accept and fulfil responsibilities and accountabilities as defined in the Health and Safety and Environmental management systems for this role.

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.


Educated to A level standard or higher.

• CIPD qualification;
• Business degree;
• Experience of working in a public-sector HR environment as a business partner or advisor;
• Contribution to change programmes;
• Able to work effectively as part of a team and under own initiative with efficient time management, managing multiple priorities.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Changing and improving
  • Delivering at pace

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Candidates should be aware that they may be assessed on their relevant skills and experience as well as the listed compentencies.

Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead competency Leading and Communicating, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Lowestoft.

Dates to be confirmed.

Please note, Cefas are unable to contribute to interview expenses.

Further information

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
contact the Civil Service Commission at

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