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Reward and Benefits Assistant (Trainee)

Talent Development & Reward

Location:  Avery Hill Campus
Salary:  £20,948 to £23,144 plus £5269 London weighting per annum
Contract Type:  Permanent
Release Date:  Monday 11 September 2023
Closing Date:  Thursday 05 October 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  4107-E

The Centre of Expertise for Talent, Development and Reward, is based within the People Directorate, and is responsible for strategic HR services at our Avery Hill campus. 

The Directorate is seeking to appoint a Reward and Benefits Trainee, for 36 months, with the possibility of the role becoming permanent following end of the development scheme. 

The role sits within a busy and dynamic team responsible for delivering strategic interventions which supports the university’s development to attract and retain high performing people to deliver the aims of the People and University Strategies.

As a Reward and Benefits Assistant (Trainee), you will be expected to complete the learning and development requirements of the role which include training days, being mentored in year 1, by becoming an active member of a pertinent reward and benefits network and through the possibility of being sponsored for a postgraduate qualification via a partial fee commitment (see development support in attached applicant pack for further details). 

As a trainee, you will be expected to utilise the support on offer to maximise the benefits to your professional development and you will be expected to deliver project work to develop your skills and competences in reward and benefits with aligned specialisms for talent attraction, management and performance so these deliver impact. Following a 3-year development journey, it is anticipated you will be considered a subject matter expert in this role. 

To support your career progression there will be a formal evaluation of your role with an aligned grading change at 18 months and then at 30 months through a formal assessment to enable you to apply for the post on a permanent basis – see annual wage with performance assessments in attached applicant pack for further details. 

The post holder will have the opportunity to participate in a supportive environment to develop the behaviours, knowledge and professional skills required of the role and the team. 

The post holder will support the Directorate by carrying out work in line with a strategic plan for developing good practice in rewards and benefits through projects and annualised activities. 

These are likely to include: 

  • Benchmarking reviews for reward and benefits so we remain competitive
  • Improvements to pay and reward mechanisms which anticipate demographic and labour market changes, competitive markets including attracting talent, and delivering strategic support to maintain recruitment and retention.  
  • Senior managers pay, attraction and retention support
  • Support for benefits developments and alignment with Employee Value Propositions (EVPs)
  • Support for talent management strategies 
  • Support for equality, diversity and inclusion in pay and benefit

For Informal discussion about the role please contact Laleh Williams, Associate Director - Talent, Development & Reward via

Should you have any queries please contact the HR Recruitment Team on

Employment Visa: Under the UK Government Points Based System scheme this role does not meet the criteria to be sponsored for a Skilled Worker Route application.

Further details of the fantastic benefits and what we offer can be found here: Our benefits - what we offer | Jobs and careers | University of Greenwich and information on the university’s working principles: Working Principles and Guidelines | Documents | University of Greenwich

We are looking for people who can help us deliver our mission of transforming lives through inspired teaching and research, through our values.

The university welcomes people from diverse and underrepresented communities who can help the university to achieve its mission. 

We do this through taking positive action such as encouraging applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Time to Change Employer Pledge/Mentally Healthy Universities, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff, and removing barriers to improve inclusion. 

We encourage applicants to disclose experience of mental health problems so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Any information disclosed will be kept confidential and separate from the job application form. 

We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

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