Staff Vacancies

HR Advisor

The HR Advisor is a new role for PACT and will be a standalone post reporting to the Head of Farm Operations. The role will however cover the farm, office, and shop operations of the Charity. The role will be based at the farm and just so there are no surprises, some of our cats and our peacocks roam free!
The HR Advisor will ensure the smooth, efficient, and effective delivery of all aspects of people policies, processes and procedures including the HR and volunteer databases. They will support managers with absence, recruitment and selection, discipline, grievance, change management, TUPE, restructurings, job design and pay, policy advice, employment law and workforce planning. The role will as includes promoting health and well-being and the communication and engagement of employees and volunteers. They will be the first point of contact for all people related enquiries.
£16,800 (£28,000 FTE)
The key tasks and responsibilities of the role are:
  • Lead the recruitment of operational staff and volunteers including advertisements, applicant screening, interviews, onboarding and right to work where appropriate.
  • Oversee the induction of employees and volunteers in line with managers requirements
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all appropriate checks are completed in a timely and efficient manner including Right to Work and DBS checks.
  • Manage and accurately maintain the employee and volunteer databases and other records ensuring compliance with GDPR.
  • Prepare and issue documents including job descriptions and employment contracts
  • Develop and maintain the employee and volunteer handbooks ensuring all information is up to date and relevant.
  • Provide support and prompts to supervisors and managers to ensure compliance with agreed practice, e.g probationary reviews, appraisals.
  • Provide administrative support, advice, and guidance to managers at any employee meeting including but not limited to back to work interviews and formal meetings under the sickness and absence policy, disciplinary, capability and grievance hearings.
  • Co-ordinate occupational health referrals and conduct return to work and absence review meetings when required.
  • Support the resolution of employee relations issues, advising and guiding line managers on the appropriate actions.
  • Deliver training to line managers on people policies and procedures.
  • Regularly review and revise people policies and procedures and support with implementing new policies and procedures.
  • Report on people metrics to support Charity activities and development
  • Manage the annual people survey and any other people feedback mechanisms highlighting areas for improvement to support recruitment, retention, engagement and the health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers.
  • Work closely with Charity colleagues to enable accurate payroll calculations, e.g. new starter information, leaver information, variation forms, unpaid leave.
  • Support the line managers to identify and deliver effective training and development for all paid staff and volunteers and ensure this is coordinated and carried out and records are complete.
  • Be the first point of contact for people related enquiries from all employees e.g. reasonable adjustments, flexible working requests.
  • Support the development and delivery of an overarching people strategy with our external HR partner.
  • Ensure the best use of our external HR contract including accessing advice as appropriate ensuring all requests are signed off by a senior manager.
  • Continually develop effective HR processes and improved ways of working.
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation.
You will have:
  • a GCSE or equivalent level education
  • a Level 5 Human Resources qualification.
  • 3 years experience in a similar HR role/s
  • demonstratable experience of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • demonstrable experience of working within HR best practices and employment legislation
  • membership of CIPD (desirable)
  • 5 years experience in a similar HR role(desirable)
  • experience of working within a Charity (desirable)
  • experience of delivering wellbeing initiatives (desirable)
  • experience of working to a project plan (desirable)
You will be able to:
  • demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • analyse data and produce metrics in a visually attractive form
  • produce comprehensive and accurate reports and minutes to a high standard
  • demonstrate organisation and planning with attention to detail and ability to manage complex processes
  • manage difficult and emotionally charged conversations and interviews
  • demonstrate good critical thinking skills, with the ability to identify and unpick issues in a range of people management areas
  • communicate assertively but calmly and compassionately
  • to apply basic project management principles (desirable)
  • demonstrate a good understanding of workplace health and wellbeing (desirable)
You will be:
  • open-minded, approachable, and non-judgmental
  • adaptable to changing needs and priorities of the role
  • able to remain calm under pressure
  • a self-starter who is happy to work without direct supervision
  • positive in your approach to day-to-day activities
  • person-centred
  • driven to improve performance and deliver outstanding results through new, innovative and more effective ways of working
Screening Check Requirements
The sanctuary has a legal responsibility to ensure all of its workers and employees have the legal right to live and work in the UK. Any offer of employment will be subject to the sanctuary verifying you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work. Details of how to meet right to work checks can be found at:
Application Process
To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining how you meet the job description and person specification. Applications can be emailed to We are committed to championing equality and diversity in all aspects of employment and encourage expressions of interest and applications from candidates from all communities and diversity of backgrounds. Closing date 12/02/24.


Opportunity to become a PACT Trustee

Charity Trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing a charity and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees are not expected to take part in the day-to-day running of the charity but are responsible, as a group, for the overall governance and strategic direction. To do this effectively our board includes representatives from various backgrounds and areas of expertise. We are currently looking in particular for trustees in the following areas to provide strategic guidance to the board.

  • veterinary /animal welfare
  • IT
  • accountancy
  • legal
  • marketing

Experience of animal welfare, whilst a bonus, is not essential, with the ideal candidates needing only an empathy with our aims and an interest in helping to guide our work.

PACT embraces the diversity of perspectives on animal welfare to inform our day-to-day work and would like the trustee membership to reflect this. We encourage expressions of interest from currently under-represented groups.

If you are interested in applying to become a PACT trustee, then please forward a letter of interest and your CV to David Wilkinson via email 


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