Human Resources Manager

Posted 4 days agoExpires in 9 days
£39,000 - £41,000 FTE (based on 35 hours per week)

25 days holiday per annum (pro rate for part time) plus bank holiday.
Hours to be agreed with the successful applicant between 21 and 25 per week.
Rate of pay is £39,000 - £41,000 - pro rata for part time and based on a full time working week of 35 hours. This is also based on experience.

Non-contributory pension scheme - AVC's may be made
Staff discount in the cathedral shop and restaurants
EAP scheme
Free parking onsite.

Interviews to be held on 8th July 2021.

The Human Resources Manager will provide strategic direction and expertise for the Diocese of Liverpool (DBF) and Liverpool Cathedral. They will act as a strategic partner to the Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Liverpool/Chief Officer of Liverpool Cathedral (this is a joint post held by a single individual), Bishop’s Senior Staff Team and the Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, in all matters relating to the management of employees / clergy office holders.

As role holder you will ensure policies and practices implemented reflect best practice in employment legislation and church law/practice and in the management of employees and clergy office holders. This is a varied and hands-on role as the direct HR capacity is limited to the HR Manager and HR Adviser, supported by contracted legal advice. A key challenge is to equip and empower managers to be confident and competent practitioners rather than constantly providing a remedial or interventionist HR function.


  • To advise the Bishop and diocesan staff on employment law and practice as it relates to licensed clergy and clergy with permission to officiate exercising a ministry where fees are received.
  • Provide HR advice and presence as required for the formal procedures and measures involving clergy such as discipline, grievance and capability.
  • To advise the Bishop and diocesan staff on clergy wellbeing issues, absence management and occupational health issues.
  • To respond to training / development / coaching needs across the Diocese in HR issues as needs arise.
  • To keep up to date with developments in employment law and the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure.
  • As necessary, directly provide a range of HR services to parishes and clergy office holders across the Diocese
  • Work collaboratively with the Appointments Secretary to ensure Clergy absence and payroll matters are accurately recorded

Diocesan Boards of Finance & Liverpool Cathedral

  • To be responsible for senior level decision making and day to day management of HR
  • Provide HR leadership on all people matters including HR analytics and reporting, training and development, organisational change, culture and behavioural values.
  • To oversee the recruitment process for all employees ensuring all appointments are compliant with government regulatory requirements and in-house safer recruitment practices where applicable.
  • Provide guidance to senior leaders of the DBF and Liverpool Cathedral on all aspects relating to the appointment of lay employees, their terms and conditions of employment, and their training and development needs.
  • Optimise the HR function by reviewing and refining key processes and activities aligned to achieving the strategic direction of both organisations.
  • Oversee remuneration and reward policies to ensure compliance with equitable pay and benchmarking practices.
  • Lead the people function to counsel, coach and guide managers and staff in addressing concerns and complaints to ensure fair and equitable treatment, whilst ensuring compliance with regulations and working practices.
  • Develop relationships with employees across both organisations in order to provide advice and counsel on HR matters and organisational issues.
  • Working with senior colleagues ensure health and wellbeing is prioritised for employees.
  • Provide specific advice and support on disciplinary and grievance issues, overseeing the process to ensure best practice and compliance with legislative guidance.
  • Provide specific guidance on absence management cases, obtaining medical information and overseeing the referrals to occupational health as necessary.
  • Provide advice, support and direction to senior staff, senior management teams and line managers in relation to staff issues.
  • Develop new and regularly review existing policies and procedures to ensure they follow legal and best practice guidelines whilst meeting the changing needs of the Cathedral and the Diocese.
  • Keep senior staff up-to-date with new employment legislation and issues, advising on applicability, implications for current practice and implementation of necessary changes.


  • Ensure HR records for all workers in terms of paper and electronic systems are maintained, regularly reviewed and GDPR compliant.
  • Collaboratively work alongside the Finance team to ensure payroll records are accurate and meet audit requirements.
  • Collaboratively work alongside the safeguarding team in areas where there is or may be an HR aspect to safeguarding cases. This can include membership of relevant safeguarding Core Groups which cover individual cases.
  • Co-ordinate and advise line managers on the induction and support for new employees.
  • To liaise with others in the Church of England who have a responsibility for providing professional HR advice
  • To work with the HR staff in the other Dioceses in the North West region to establish common practices and to identify opportunities to share resources where appropriate.
  • To undertake other duties and tasks as commensurate with the role.

Essential requirements-

  • A CIPD professional qualification and relevant membership.
  • Experience of working in a HR Generalist role with good working knowledge of employment legislation and its application to the workplace knowledge.
  • A minimum of three years’ previous experience within a HR Advisor and/or Manager role.
  • Proven leadership experience.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to remain calm and professional when communicating challenging situations.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills with an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Competent IT skills with an ability to use Microsoft Office / HR Systems.
  • An excellent understanding of safeguarding practices and safer recruitment requirements.
  • A good understanding of how organisational values are integrated into routine working practices.
  • Understanding of relevant legal issues connected with HR, GDPR, Health, and Safety.
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work comfortably with competing priorities.
  • Team orientated with an ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people.
  • High degree of empathy / diplomacy and ability to listen.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Honest and trustworthy with a strong sense of ethical and professional behaviour ensuring that confidentiality and ethical standards are met.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships at all levels.
  • Flexible and adaptable – able to manage the HR needs of two organisations and cultures.
  • Positive with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • An understanding and commitment to the ethos and values of the Diocese and the Cathedral.

Desirable requirements-

  • A business or managerial qualification equivalent to CIPD.
  • Experience of working in a Church or Cathedral environment.
  • Previous experience of leading on change management.
  • Ability to coach and mentor others.
  • An understanding of TUPE regulations / Ecclesiastical law / Charity law.
  • A practising Christian.
  • Full driving licence and own transport.

These are significant times for both the cathedral and diocese. The cathedral is in the process of building back after lockdown and looking forward to our centenary in 2024 where we are hoping to welcome 1 million visitors (our previous record was over 800,000 in 2019). The diocese is in a process of re-looking at purpose, vision and values amid a thorough-ongoing review of culture and necessary steps to flourish into the future. We are confident that both processes will land well and look to the future with hope and expectation.

Within this context, the HRM will provide strategic direction and hands on HR expertise across both organisations comprising the following structures of personnel:

Diocese of Liverpool

  • A medium size staff base with a variety of part time and full time lay posts comprising 50+ employees
  • 250 Parishes
  • 230 Stipendiary Clergy

Liverpool Cathedral

Similar to the Diocese of Liverpool, the cathedral has a medium size staff base comprising:

  • 90+ employees
  • Casual staff
  • Volunteers

Culture, Ethos and Values

Diocese of Liverpool (Liverpool Diocesan Board of Finance - LDBF)

The LDBF is the body, which oversees financial and administrative work to advance the mission and ministry of the worshipping communities and bishops in the Diocese of Liverpool. The LDBF is part of the Church of England. The Church of England is the established church in England and part of the worldwide Anglican communion. As a result, it has various privileges and responsibilities.

The main aim of the Church of England is to have a sustaining Christian presence in every community. The Church of England is sub divided into a range of geographical areas called dioceses. Each Diocese is overseen by a Diocesan Bishop and governed through a representative group of clergy and non-clergy known as synod. Together they decide how to live out that aim in our local area. Our diocesan vision is that we are asking God for a bigger church to make a bigger difference so that there are more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.

Our diocese is a partnership between:

  • The Bishop of Liverpool, our Diocesan Bishop (together with the senior clergy who advise him, notably the Suffragan, Bishop of Warrington Dean of the Cathedral and Archdeacons).
  • Our clergy – based in parishes and sector ministry in prisons, hospitals, schools, colleges, universities and other specialist areas, the majority of whom are full time and stipendiary (paid).
  • Lay members (who are the chief financial supporters and workers for the church at all levels) and all volunteers.
  • The LDBF’s staff (generally based at St James’ House).

We aim to operate:

  • Within Christian principles of justice and inclusion,
  • With a management style that is supportive, open and responsive,
  • Within Company and Charity Law.

Our values

Our aim is to be collaborative, respectful,professional and dynamic. We measure each other on how we live out these values and work hard to live them out in our relationships with one another and those we serve.

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is part of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool and it is part of the Church of England. Liverpool Cathedral is primarily a place of prayer and worship. At least three times a day the community comes together to worship God and to pray for the needs of the world, the church and people. As a Cathedral, we welcome all and recognise that some staff have no faith, or maybe exploring faith, but all are welcome.

Liverpool Cathedral is a place of encounter. That encounter is between God, people, space, and partnerships. The Cathedral activity is diverse and within that diversity, people will encounter other people, the building and its vast space and local organisations through its partnerships and God.

Our values

Our values are important to the organisation and to each of us as we aim to be inclusive, to act with integrity, to be excellent in all our dealings and operate with a dynamic approach.