Vacancy Details

12975 - HR Manager

Business Unit:
Location: UAE - Dubai
Closing Date 22-May-2023
About the Role

Lead on and manage all aspects of Human Resources within assigned school(s). Manage and oversee the implementation and compliance with GEMS Human Resources policies, procedures and systems. Provide expertise, support and advice in the various Human Resources functions, which include recruitment,staffing, performance management, Employment Law and employee relations.


Key Accountabilities

Manage all day to day operations of the Human Resources school office.

Manage and oversee Human Resources policies, procedures and systems to ensure consistency and compliance.

Advise and support Principal, management and staff on UAE Labour law regulations and compliance.

Be a source of expertise within school on issues relating to Employment Law, HR Policies and Human Resources best practice.

Support Principal in managing Employee Relations issues - with support from Corporate HR as required - including performance issues, disciplinaries, grievances and terminations. Ensure employee relations issues are handled effectively in accordance with UAE Labour Law and GEMS Policy to mitigate risk to company and ensure quality HR provision within school.

Prepare employment contracts and maintain all personal files of employees in coordination with the PRO and Ministry of Labour/Education requirements and in accordance with GEMS Compliance guidelines and audit criteria. Participate in HR Audits and lead on responsibility for post-Audit Action Plan to address areas of improvements in Compliance

Support and communicate effectively with new employees during the pre-hire onboarding period to ensure a smooth and effective joining process

Design and conduct new employee orientations to explain school and HR policies, benefit programs, code of conduct, etc.

Administer and explain insurance benefits to employees, serve as liaison between employees and insurance carriers. Support employees with insurance related and medical issues.

Monitor attendance and absence levels and report/escalate issues to Principal. Ensure consistent and transparent approach in handling attendance, leave and absence in school.

Responsible for recruitment of non-Education roles in school including admin, front of house, IT, finance and operations. Manage end to end recruitment process including advertising (internal and external), shortlisting and interviewing in accordance with GEMS Recruitment SOPs.

Oversee and ensure compliance with GEMS Compensation & Benefits guidelines and policy including following approved pay scales, compliance with Internal Transfer Policy and C&B SOPs. Maintaining ERP database accurately for all C&B transactions.

Oversee Performance Management within school ensuring that GEMS guidelines and timescales are adhered to and that all applicable employees have appropriate goals in place. Advise and support management with Performance Management best practice.

Develop and maintain HRIS database. Lead on HR ERP module within school and model best practice in ERP usage. Participate in ongoing ERP training as required.

Support, lead and promote GEMS Employee Engagement Initiatives within assigned school(s). Act as an “Ambassador” and role model for Employee Engagement and participate in wider events and initiatives as required.

Develop and update Employee Handbook as required.

Perform specific research/investigation into operational issues as requested.

Assist and prepare statistical summaries and reports for school and GEMS Corporate Office.

Provide support to the wider GEMS HR network as required and participate actively in HR meetings and training. Support other HR Officers within the group.

About Your Benefits
This position offers an attractive tax free salary and benefits including an airfare allowance and 52 calendar days of annual leave.
About GEMS

Trusted for over 60 years and now a third generation education family, GEMS Education began in a single school room in Dubai. Today, we have the privilege of educating over 170,000 students from over 176 countries through GEMS owned and managed schools globally; over 270,000 students access resources through our services division.

About the School

GEMS Metropole School, located in Motor City in Dubai, opened its doors in September 2014 and has continued to flourish and grow in student number and stature. The school is now open to students from FS1 to Year 13 with an all-through school capacity of 4200 students offering the National Curriculum for England.

The school has become well-known for their key areas of success, such as a strong community approach to education, highly inclusive school support to strong secondary options at Key Stage 4 and academic and vocational choices at Key Stage 5. In addition, the school has well-equipped classrooms, a highly competitive sports department, a farm, digital media rooms, innovation laboratories, dedicated science labs, music, art rooms and libraries.

Most recently the school has completely overhauled its digital strategy to lay the foundations to further its position as a leader in associated technologies in the region, focusing on the use of technology to a. enhance the learning experience of our students through experiential learning through the use of AR and AI technology b. improve feedback and communication between the student/teacher and teacher/parent and c. help reduce staff time and workload, helping to improve teacher wellbeing and reduce burnout.

Students from our Foundation Stage classes have access to attractive indoor and outdoor learning areas to explore and investigate, high quality Information Technology provision and Science provision to develop IT and Science-based literacy, and most recently a language hub to support key language skills across school.

In the Primary section, with the use of 1:1 technologies, students and teachers use iPads and interactive whiteboards to enhance learning opportunities where appropriate. The Secondary school continues to develop and grow and has seen the LEAD and skills programme blossom supporting students to make informed decisions and develop their learning and leadership skills. A new focus of personalised pathways is supporting students in their preparation for life after school and their journey towards success. In conclusion, GEMS Metropole School is a member of the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME) with the School Principal as a BSME Country Rep. This allows both teachers and students alike to continue to grow and develop with the rich traditions of the National Curriculum offerings and align itself with ‘like schools’ across the region and overseas.


About Application Process

If you meet the criteria and you are enthusiastic about the role, we would welcome your application.

To complete the application you would need the following document(s):

1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

In line with the UAE's Emiratisation goals, GEMS welcomes and encourages applications from UAE nationals to join our fast-growing team.

Important Note : GEMS Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of its students. Applicants will be required to submit a current police criminal clearance check or equivalent from their home country or current country of residence prior to appointment.