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Head of HR

  • Period: Full-Time
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Closing date for applications: 27 September 2020

The British International School Abu Dhabi is looking to appoint an outstanding Head of HR to join a well-established, supportive team in a highly successful and expanding school.

About the Role

Reporting to the Principal and leading the HR team, the Head of HR is responsible for the delivery of all HR operations and strategy. The Head of HR will ensure compliance with all legal, employee-related and licencing requirements and provide school leaders with specialist HR advice.  A key component of the role is to provide all members of staff with exceptional HR customer service throughout the employee lifecycle.

The Head of HR and HR team support the school in the following areas:

  • Recruitment, onboarding and offboarding
  • Employee relations / employee engagement
  • HR advice and metrics
  • Compensation and reward
  • Talent and performance management
  • Training and development
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Company accommodation management
  • Regional HR projects

Please see the attached job description for further details. 

The successful candidate will ideally have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Degree level education
  • Significant generalist HR experience
  • Solid project management skills
  • Experience of managing a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience of handling legal and contractual issues
  • Strong influencing skills and confidence to challenge

About Our School

The British International School Abu Dhabi is a highly successful, growing school with a committed and inspirational team of which operates with a highly motivated team of teaching and administrative professionals at its heart.  Our close-knit, supportive team is honoured to be at the centre of our community, educating over 1800 young people from more than 85 nationalities. 

In addition to being highly successful in its own right, The British International School Abu Dhabi is a member of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. Nord Anglia Education is the world’s leading premium schools organisation. We are a fast-paced and growing family of 68 international schools in 29 countries, providing outstanding education to approximately 66,000 students from preschool through to the end of secondary education.

Each Nord Anglia Education school is unique in character and designed to meet the needs of its community. We believe that being part of our family of schools gives our students a special advantage, having a wide range of resources and support available to enhance their success. We also create unique opportunities to benefit our students and staff, such as the Global Campus, Nord Anglia University, and our collaborations with The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and King’s College London.

Selection Process

Applicants should apply online and submit a CV, letter of application and the details of two professional referees, one of which should be your current Line Manager.

The closing date for application is 27th September 2020. Interviews will be conducted via videoconference.


At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people are able to thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils irrespective of race, ability, religion, gender or culture.

All post holders having regular unsupervised contact with children are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both Country of residence/birth and any Country of residence within the last 10 years.