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Recruitment and Retention lead

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (30 hours minimum)
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pa
Salary period
04/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Are you looking for a challenging, dynamic role that will enhance your already proven recruitment skills? 
If you have previous experience of working within a recruitment role, with an understanding of talent pipelining and the ability to manage multiple stakeholders with challenging demands then we’d love to hear from you! You will have proven experience of managing recruitment projects and an understanding of HR policies relevant to employment, as well as the ability to understand and respond to issues relating to staff retention. Your role will focus on supporting hiring managers, you will manage vacancies and stakeholders rather than sourcing.

 You will be working within a division with the following speciality groups:

Ophthalmology care group

Critical care, theatres and anaesthetics care group

Surgical care group


Main duties of the job



You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.



Working for our organisation


 As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities



You’ll contribute to workforce planning processes for the division and will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will also need to be able to demonstrate that you have sound Excel skills and a high level of attention to detail. 
A key element of this role is to collate divisional staffing figures to observe emerging trends in vacancy, sickness and other absence. The overall staffing figures generated are also analysed and discussed with matrons, department leads and the head of nursing. This role will support all staff groups across the division, with an initial focus on nursing 
You will be responsible for liaising with the HR team to advertise vacancies, facilitating shortlisting of candidates and organising interviews, supporting the panel as required. This role will be the key interface between the division and corporate recruitment team. This role will involve occasional weekend or evening work to lead recruitment events.


A proven background in recruitment is essential. Strong influencing skills, resilience and the ability to work with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation are key for this role, as well as a commitment to our values: Patients First, Always Improving, Working Together. You’ll understand that our hospital runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and, on rare occasions may need to work flexibly to support this.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Degree in Business Studies or HR or equivalent experience
Desirable criteria
  • Professional development /education


Essential criteria
  • Proven project management experience
  • Consolidated supervisory experience
  • Proven experience of working with Human Resources policies
  • Logical and consistent work and career pattern
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and to prioritise appropriately
  • Experience of full life cycle recruitment
  • Understanding of workforce data
Desirable criteria
  • Experience and working knowledge of the Trust Retention and Recruitment agenda


Essential criteria
  • Communicates effectively in both spoken and written English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to demonstrate empathy in dealing with personnel issues
  • Listening skills
  • Ability to deliver difficult messages and manage challenging conversations
  • Ability to prioritise and deliver agreed objectives and tight deadlines
  • Able to work independently using own initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literate – sound knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages
  • Ability to collate and analyse information and prepare relevant information for the Divisional Management/Care Groups Teams
  • High level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Team player
  • Commitment to continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Proven ability to undertake/follow through special projects

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Approachable
  • Open-minded approach
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations
  • Ability to take a broad perspective
  • Pro-active approach
  • Ability to work within a broad Multi-Professional Team
  • Good self-awareness
  • Enthusiasm/passion for the role

Special requirements

Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to manage change
  • Able to be flexible with working hours if required Ability to interact with a range of professionals at all levels of the organisation
  • Proven ability to manage change
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to travel for recruitment events/job fairs


Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Patients First
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Always Improving
  • Able to demonstrate behaviours that meet the Trust Values Working Together

Outside interests

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate ability to maintain personal/professional boundaries and relax off duty

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Colette Perdrisat
Job title
Divisional Head of Nursing
Email address
Telephone number

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