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Recruitment Advisor

Royal Academy of Arts
Art Museums and Institutions
   Location: London
   Salary: up to £30,000
Experience: Mid Level
  Organisation: Royal Academy of Arts
Deadline: 24/03/2019

Recruitment Advisor (12 Month Fixed-Term Contract)

About the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) is one of the UK’s foremost arts institutions. We are best known for our programme of world-class exhibitions including Ai Weiwei, Abstract Expressionism and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. It is a particularly exciting time in our history. An ambitious ‘Masterplan’ by David Chipperfield RA has recently been completed, redeveloping our 2.5-acre campus in Mayfair in time for our 250th anniversary this year. The works have united our two buildings, created new galleries for more exhibitions, a 260-seat lecture theatre, learning studio and new spaces dedicated to free displays of our Collection, works by RA Schools students, Royal Academicians and as architecture projects. We are an innovative, forward-looking and commercially astute organisation that receives no government operating subsidy.

About this position

The RA’s HR team supports more than 380 staff members and up to a further 150 temporary workers during our busy exhibition periods. The team delivers a range of HR services, covering the employee lifecycle from recruitment, induction, L&D, performance management and employee relations to compensation, benefits and pensions.

This is a newly created position within the RA’s HR Team. We are looking for enthusiastic, collaborative candidates who have a passion for Recruitment. With this role there is a real opportunity for us to make an impact in this area. We have lots we can do from finding efficiencies in our current processes and making the best possible use of our ATS to rolling out a social media strategy and promoting the employer brand.

About you

The successful candidate will be a graduate or equivalent with at least 2-years’ experience in Recruitment or with Recruitment as part of their role. That experience could have been gained in an agency or as part of a wider HR Team demonstrating a commitment to a career in Recruitment. Experience of working with an ATS is essential and there is so much to get your teeth into you’ll need to be exceptionally well organised, accurate and have excellent attention to detail.

We employ a wide range of skills set at the RA so you should be flexible enough to hire a wide range of staff with differing levels of experience – whether that’s an Exhibitions Manager, an Editor or a Finance Analyst. You should be able to understand and manage the full range of stakeholders that come with such a varied workforce and be able to take their requirements and work well with each one.

We want a real bright spark, who has bags of passion and enthusiasm and is a great communicator who I can think outside of the box and come up with new ideas for hiring top talent. You should have sensibilities around identifying the best routes to hire – whether that’s networking on Linked In, placing adverts, or using an external agency.

Closing date for applications: 24th March 2019                                      

Interviews to be held week commencing: 25th March 2019   


Job Description                   

Title                            Recruitment Advisor

Department                Human Resources

Reporting to              HR Business Partner



To provide comprehensive and effective Recruitment support to the business of a consistently accurate and high standard.

To deliver the social media attraction strategy of the RA, ensuring the values of the RA and its employer brand is well represented across multi-platform social media.

To work collaboratively as part the HR Team, delivering people led initiatives.


Recruitment Operations

  • In conjunction with the HR Team, support the hiring manager, to draft job descriptions and person specifications that accurately describe the role along with the skills and attributes required
  • With the hiring manager draft engaging, on-brand job adverts
  • Place adverts on the RA Careers site, as well as other appropriate websites, job boards and social media, remaining within budget
  • Reply to recruitment queries; assisting hiring managers with the shortlisting process on Cascade
  • Where required, in conjunction with hiring managers, draft interview questions and tests
  • Where required, participate in panel interviews
  • Manage communication to candidates via Cascade
  • Prepare formal offer/rejection letters
  • Work with the HR Team to ensure successful candidates have the right to work in the UK


Process Management

  • Devise and roll out on an on-going basis training for all line managers on best practice Recruitment
  • Ensure all line managers have the skills to recruit effectively
  • Be the guardian of the Recruitment process
  • Devise appropriate Recruitment templates, ensuring they are maintained updated, as required, and mangers know how to use them.


Social Media/ Employer Brand

  • Undertake a review and continuously evaluate the next advertising mechanisms for the RA to maximise coverage, keeping within budget
  • With guidance from the Head of HR and the Communications Team present the RA on social media in a way that enhances our offering and increases attraction
  • Undertake and participate in projects that enhances our social media usage and employer brand
  • Work closely with Internal Communications Executive to share recruitment information for inclusion in weekly RAdar newsletter
  • Social Media includes but is not limited to LinkedIn and Glassdoor


Recruitment System

  • Primary user and system administrator of Recruitment module of Cascade
  • With the HRBP/ Head of HR devise and maintain management information reports, building queries in Cascade
  • Assist HRBPs by managing the flow of management information from the system, ensuring all automated reports are useful and timely.
  • Support the HRBPs in development of relevant and culturally specific HR analytics
  • Ensure all users of the system (line managers) are able to use the system to its best advantage
  • Champion Cascade as a self-service one stop Recruitment system to hiring managers across the RA



  • Take responsibility for the projects assigned to you, driving the HR Agenda forward
  • Work collaboratively with the team to deliver the HR Project Plan
  • Feed into the HR Plan, Recruitment stream projects, identifying new initiates and directions the RA can take to be the best in Recruitment



  • Be the face of the RA to all potential new employees, offering them a professional experience of Recruitment at the RA.
  • Ensure best practice Recruitment knowledge is kept up-to-date and accurate through regular attendance of Recruitment briefings and conferences, e.g.  CIPD
  • To endeavour to be part of the HR Team and maintain Recruitment as a solid link into that Team
  • Ensure Recruitment spend stays within budget
  • Ensure that Health & Safety policies, procedures and regulations are known, understood and complied with by you, the team and internal and external colleagues and suppliers
  • Undertake any other duty which may reasonably be allocated the by the Head of Human Resources



  • Graduate or equivalent with at least 2 years Recruitment experience, gained in an agency as a recruitment consultant or as progressive team of direct recruiter
  • Working towards a CIPD qualification
  • Committed to a career in HR/ Recruitment
  • Experience of working with a Recruitment system
  • First class English, both written and spoken
  • Strong commercial acumen, able to negotiate good deals with suppliers
  • Exceptionally well organised, accurate with excellent attention to detail
  • Collaborative, a good team worker and communicator
  • Approachable, and friendly with the ability to forge strong working relationships
  • Proactive approach to work

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