HR Officer

Full Time Human Resource
  • Full Time
  • Human Resource
  • Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Attractive Salary AED / Month
  • Salary: Attractive Salary
  • At least a minimum of 2 - 3 years' experience working in a HR generalist capacity.

Website GEMS Education

GEMS Education, initially Global Education Management Systems (GEMS), is an international education company. It is a global advisory and educational management firm, and is the largest operator of kindergarten-to-grade-12 schools in the world, with a network of over 70 schools in over a dozen countries. Founded by Sunny Varkey, GEMS provides pre-school, primary, and secondary education.

HR Officer

About the Role:

From December 2023 we are seeking to appoint an experienced HR Officer preferably with experience in a new school setting and associated staffing processes. This includes Recruitment, Onboarding, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement and the full employee life cycle.

The position directly reports to the Principal/CEO and functionally to the Corporate Office, HR Business Partner. The HR Officer will manage and support day-to-day operations of the Human Resources office in the School along with the administration of HR policies, procedures and programmes.

Location: Abu Dhabi

Key Accountabilities:

The School HR Officer will be the first point of contact for all school staff on all HR matters; duties will cover the full spectrum of the employee life cycle.

Recruitment and On-boarding

  • Provide support to the Principal/CEO in the recruitment of all school-based positions.
  • Liaise with corporate HR recruitment team for teaching positions and complete all administrative tasks related to the teacher recruitment process.
  • Manage the full process for the recruitment of non-teaching positions including advertising, shortlisting and screening candidates, setting up interviews and communicating with candidates throughout the recruitment process.
  • Prepare employment contracts using DAX in compliance with GEMS policies and procedures and UAE Labour Law regulations.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the Ministry of Labour offer letter and employment contract process with the school designated Government Relations staff member.
  • Liaise with the travel department to book travel for new employees and maintain regular communication with new hires, including sending Welcome Email and Handbook and answering questions, and conducting new hire inductions.
  • Process new hire forms including bank account forms, medical insurance, business card and access card requests.
  • Design and conduct new employee orientations to explain school policies, compensation and benefit programs.

HR Operations support

  • Manage and support day-to-day operations of all HR related matters in the school.
  • Manage the administration of HR policies, procedures and programs.
  • Provide advice, assistance, and follow-up on school policies, procedures and documentation.
  • Manage employee filing system maintaining up-to-date soft copy and electronic versions for all school employees. Ensure files contain all relevant information and are maintained in an organised manner.
  • Administer and explain benefits to employees, serve as liaison between employees and insurance carriers.
  • Produce NOCs, salary certificates and salary transfer letters using DAX, in English and Arabic as required on a timely basis.
  • Develop and maintain HRIS database, employee files and records.
  • Update employee handbook as required.
  • Support ERP project team with input on HR systems, policies and requirements.
  • Track approval process whenever other department’s signatures are required, or when DAX system approvals are required.
  • Run reports from DAX as required by school management, or when specified by the HR Area Manager/ HR Cluster Lead, or other areas of the business on a timely basis.
  • Draft routine correspondence, letters and memos as required by management.
  • Assist and prepare statistical summaries and reports for school and GEMS Corporate office.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
  • Engage with other School HR Officers in a productive and solutions-focused manner, sharing best practice ideas and positive ways of working.
  • Complete any ad-hoc HR project work as and when required.

Employee Relations

  • Coordinate the resolution of specific policy-related and procedural problems and inquiries.
  • Perform specific research/investigation into employee relations issues as requested and directed by Management.
  • Provide support to HR Area managers and HR Cluster leads as required for all employee relations matters.
  • Advise school management and staff on UAE Labour law regulations and compliance.
  • Be the first point of contact for all employees on employee relations issues
  • Act as a counsellor to employees as and when required.
  • Be a positive role model for all school employees, acting as an employee engagement champion in school.

Leavers and Off-boarding Process

  • Manage the separations process from start to finish will all employees following resignation or termination.
  • Provide Principal with guidance on Labour Law regulations in regards to separations processes.
  • Liaise with employees identified as leavers to collate exit documentation required and to coordinate clearance procedures.
  • Conduct an exit interview (online and face-to-face) with all leavers, gather exit interview data on a regular basis and present this to the Principal for review

This exciting opportunity requires the following key competencies and skills and these will be assessed during the recruitment process:

  • Effective communication skills
  • Customer service approach
  • Able to influence colleagues in a diverse cultural environment
  • Deliver results in a timely manner with highest degree of efficiency
  • Collaborate with members of leadership team to deliver key HR initiatives
  • Attention to detail & able to prioritize key tasks
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills
  • Credible experience of managing employee relations

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A relevant degree or diploma
  • At least a minimum of 2 – 3 years’ experience working in a HR generalist capacity.
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is a plus.
  • Knowledge in general HR office procedures, policies and methods
  • Experience of working on HR Management Systems

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