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Recruitment Lead

Requisition ID:  1227

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date: 


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £30,942.00 - £40,322.00

Closing Date: 26.01.2020


The Role


The University has a values-led Vision and Strategy which sets out an ambitious and exciting journey, to be a people focused, world-leading university that harnesses academic excellence, innovation and creativity to advance knowledge and provide benefits to individuals, to organisations and to society as a whole.  In order to achieve this vision, we recognise that our people, and our culture are critical to our success.  Our Recruitment department is embarking on a period of transformation and this role will support and enable this exciting journey.


The Recruitment Lead is a new position for the University and will be the face of recruitment for their assigned organisational area. Part of the Recruitment Management Team, they will develop robust working relationships with hiring managers utilising their skills and knowledge to deliver a first class recruitment partnering experience to all stakeholders.


Working closely with faculty and central People Services teams, the Recruitment Lead will develop a deep understanding of their business area and provide strategic advice and initiatives to drive forward our recruitment offering, putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.


Supporting the faculty delivery of the University’s Recruitment Strategy, they will lead on the implementation of candidate attraction and engagement initiatives at an operational level. The successful candidate will engage and collaborate with a wide range of hiring managers to identify key areas of activity to optimise and develop our service for both our colleagues and candidates. 


Key Accountabilities


Business Partnering


  • Collaborate and partner with our hiring manager population on a regular basis to understand their resourcing needs and translate to operational recruitment plans.
  • Work closely with local administration teams to ensure our recruitment system is being utilised to its potential and timely campaigns uploaded and actioned.
  • Partner with Academics, Managers, People Service Business Partners and other senior stakeholders to scope and design compelling adverts and work with hiring managers to develop accompanying Job Descriptions and Person Specifications
  • Ensure the availability of support and advice for hiring managers and stakeholders, developing a consistent and credible personal brand.
  • Work closely with the central and faculty administration teams to ensure timely processing of recruitment documents, in line with SLA’s outlined by People Services
  • Facilitate a variety of training sessions covering key areas of recruitment, empowering and transferring knowledge to our wider colleagues.
  • Provide insight into recruitment data and metrics to support key future recruitment decisions
  • Translate and present monthly recruitment progress to wider senior teams
  • Work on and own specific recruitment projects related to wider recruitment initiatives


Routes to Candidate Market and Talent Pipeline Management


  • Support with design and delivery of end-to-end inclusive attraction, selection and candidate management activities to ensure the University is set up to successfully recruit the right people with the right skillsets when they are needed.
  • Evaluate and develop up to date and progressive routes to market to attract the best talent in a competitive and fast changing recruitment landscape.
  • Develop and define highly effective direct sourcing models specific to your business area in partnership with our hiring units
  • Understand and implement best practice  by utilising networks and external relationships to ensure we are at the forefront of industry developments
  • Track recruitment spend in faculty to ensure best return on investment, give insights and share findings with Recruitment Management team
  • Work collaboratively with Academics and Hiring Managers to develop and map candidate landscapes and make direct approaches to widen and encourage quality applications for hard to recruit areas.
  • Develop and lead on Social Media campaigns in line with current live vacancies, encouraging colleagues to post and share appropriate content to maximise reach
  • Attend relevant careers fairs, developing a pipeline and network of candidates for your specific area.
  • Ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion in our recruitment campaigns are fully aligned to with our University Values and Guiding Principals

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Extensive experience of recruiting across a broad spectrum of disciplines in a series of progressively demanding roles.
  • Demonstrable track record as an in-house recruiter in a large organisation
  • Proven track record of working in a large/medium sized fast paced, complex organisation.
  • Proven ability to create great experiences for candidates.
  • Proven track record on innovation; you keep yourself up to date on trends in the wider recruiting world
  • Deep knowledge of resourcing systems, HR processes and tools.
  • Employer brand development and recruitment marketing knowledge.
  • Broad knowledge of selection and assessment methodologies.
  • Experience as an executive recruiter would be an advantage.

Attributes and Behaviours


  • Promotes and actively drives change within own area and across the organisation.
  • Excellent communicator, at all levels, in both verbal and written forms.
  • Evidence of passion and commitment in engendering an inclusive working environment
  • Encourages and supports a free flow of communication in the team and the wider University.
  • Ability to persuade, convince, influence and negotiate with others in order to achieve results and gain support.
  • Set the tone by modelling expected behaviour and professional standards
  • Displays enthusiasm, creativity, integrity and personal resilience.




  •  Member of Institute of Recruitment Professionals(MIRP) or Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) - Desirable


For informal queires please contact Chris Stanley, Head of Talent Acquisition at chris.stanley@newcastle.ac.uk


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 1227