Cochrane seeks Interim Human Resources Manager - London, UK

Cochrane seeks Interim Human Resources Manager

Specifications: Full Time 4 Months Fixed term contract
Salary: Competitive
Location: London Office based
Application Closing Date: Immediate start required

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in HR Management to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

The Human Resources Manager will lead and manage a high quality, responsive, efficient and effective Human Resources function for Cochrane and its subsidiaries.

Key areas

  • Recruitment and on-boarding
  • Talent attraction and management
  • Employee Relations
  • People Relations for secondment and consultancy contracts
  • Learning and Development
  • Monitoring and managing HR data
  • Reviewing and implementing policies across the organisation
  • Reviewing and overseeing the HR appraisals process
  • Maintain effective and supportive relationships throughout the organisation
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation

Stakeholder Management and Support - External

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with business advisers including overseas HR/payroll support in Denmark and Germany; UK payroll bureau; out-sourced training providers
  • Maintain and manage relationships with pension provider Royal London; childcare voucher and cycle to work scheme providers
  • Build and manage relationships with host institutions for secondment contracts

Stakeholder Management and Support – Internal

  • Ensure high levels of service to staff, consultants and other Cochrane employees are maintained across the Central Executive Team
  • Provide and review monthly HR dashboard with Heads of Department
  • Ensure people-related contracts are regularly monitored and reviewed
  • Provide proactive HR guidance and support across the organisation, (including Cochrane Groups) as required.
  • Undertake any other duties considered appropriate.                                                                                                                                                                                 

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:


  • CIPD qualification equivalent to Level 7
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a fully operational HR service comprising generalist advice, payroll, benefits, learning & development and change management
  • Experience of scoping and implementing HRIS systems (PeopleHR)
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, adapting quickly to rapidly changing situations
  • Up to date working knowledge of employment legislation
  • Experience of coaching and supporting managers
  • Experience of designing and managing training and development programmes
  • Self-confidence, personal credibility and the ability to support and challenge others appropriately
  • Good understanding of and the ability to apply the principles of confidentiality
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload
  • Proven ability to work both independently and productively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Good understanding and application of the principles of Equal Opportunities in a HR context
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Pragmatism and problem-solving skills and the ability to think creatively when faced with new problems
  • Commitment to Cochrane’s mission and values


  • Up to date working knowledge of employment legislation in Denmark and/or GermanyOverseas payroll /contract experience
  • Experience of HR support in an International context supporting remote working
  • Experience of healthcare charity sector

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to with “Human Resources Manager” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Interviews to be held on: (TBC)


Tuesday, July 9, 2019