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Derby County Football Club

Derby County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Derby, Derbyshire, England. The club competes in League One, the third tier of English football. Derby has played its home matches at Pride Park Stadium since 1997.

11 Jun 2024
Full Time
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

Derby County Football Club, established in 1884, is one of the founder members of the English Football League and has a rich and varied history, including two First Division titles in 1972 and 1975 and an FA Cup success in 1946. The club are currently playing in the Sky Bet Championship, the second tier of English Football following their promotion from League One in the 2023/24 season, and is under the management of Head Coach Paul Warne. The club also boasts a successful and respected Category One Academy, a status which has been held since 2014, and a Women’s side competing in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division. Derby County recently embarked on an exciting new era following the change in ownership to Clowes Developments (UK) Limited in the summer of 2022. Our track record of producing talent is outstanding, and we intend to protect that proud legacy, investing in key roles within the club to build on the foundations in place for success.

Derby County Football Club is in search of an experienced HR Advisor to join our HR Team at Pride Park Stadium. This pivotal role will provide generalist HR support across the club, offering crucial advice and support for employees. The successful candidate will play a significant part in ensuring every customer interaction with the department, be it internal or external, is positive and aligns with the club's reputation, strategy, and legal obligations.

Key Responsibilities:

HR Administration

  • Ensures all external correspondence from the HR department is professional, accurate and sent within appropriate timescales
  • Prepares contracts and offer letters for new employees, supports with new starters throughout their induction process, and monitors return of starter documentation
  • Processes leavers and ensures formal confirmation is sent within appropriate timescales

Employee Relations

  • Supports the Head of HR to promote and embed the core values and behaviours of the Company to achieve the business aims, objectives and OKR’s
  • Provides accurate and timely advice and support to managers on HR policies and procedures, employee relations and performance management so that managers are able and confident to make decisions and take appropriate action that is compliant with UK/EU legislation
  • Is a role model for the organisation's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities, including upholding related policies and procedures and delivering related recruitment, training and development strategies.


  • Attends interviews as the Company representative for Safer Recruitment under our Safeguarding obligations
  • Ensures job descriptions/person specifications are in place for all job roles and are reviewed periodically to ensure they are an accurate reflection of the duties associated with the job role

Absence Management

  • Ensures absence management processes are adhered to and supports managers to implement the policies and procedures fairly and consistently to minimise absence across the Company
  • Attends absence meetings to provide advice and support as the HR representative
  • Ensures all follow-up administration is completed, including confirmation letters, updates to the HR systems, Fit to Work referrals, and requests for medical information

Training and Development

  • Supports the Head of HR with the creation and implementation of the Company Learning and Development Plan, taking into consideration the business requirements and appropriate strategies to deliver the requirements within agreed budgets
  • Monitors the completion of monthly/quarterly one-to-one reviews for all employees, advising managers on appropriate next steps to improve/manage performance where appropriate and giving feedback
  • Supports the Head of HR to manage the training and development documentation relating to training requests and agreements


  • Where appropriate, support the Payroll and HR Administrator with payroll processes and procedures
  • Ensures appropriate absence reporting documentation is completed, liaising with managers and employees for correct and timely information, and inputs data onto Payroll and HR systems
  • Processes new starters and leavers on Payroll and HR systems accurately and within appropriate timescales
  • Processes payroll and external submissions accurately and within required timescales to ensure the Company meets its contractual and legal obligations

Personal characteristics and experience:

  • Significant previous experience as an Administrator for Senior Management
  • Previous experience working within an HR Department
  • Previous HR administration experience
  • Experience of HR and Payroll systems
  • Previous line management experience is desirable
  • Up-to-date knowledge of employment legislation and best practice
  • Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise and organise own workload to meet tight deadlines
  • Comfortable working in a changing, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to assimilate large quantities of written and verbal communication quickly and produce accurate, timely minutes
  • Excellent attention to detail, including proofreading skills, with the ability to maintain a high level of accurac
  • A flexible, proactive approach to work
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information with discretion and to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Excellent IT skills, including working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages, preferably Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Essential Qualifications

  • CIPD Level 3 or HR qualified by experience
  • English and Maths to GCSE Level 4 or equivalent

Desirable Qualifications

  • Safer Recruitment qualification

Salary is dependent on experience.

The role is full-time, 35 hours per week, based at Pride Park Stadium.

Everything we do as a Club is built around the three pillars of stability, integrity and progress. Our core values are:

• We are proud of who we are and what we do
• We are positive, inspired and passionate
• We are ambitious and driven
• We are prepared, honest and humble
• We are the heartbeat of our community
• We are the club of opportunity

Derby County employee benefits include:

• 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
• Two complimentary staff season tickets
• Two complimentary staff away memberships
• 20% discount at DCFC Megastore
• Company Pension with Aviva
• Discounts with select Club partners and sponsors
• Healthshield Cash Health Plan to support employee health and well-being and Perks for great deals and discounts
• Participating in our employee forum, ‘The Herd’
• Training and development opportunities
• Access to programmes and volunteering opportunities with Derby County Community Trust
• Subsidised lunchtime meals at Moor Farm

Derby County Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
As part of the Club's commitment to providing a safe environment for children and young people, applicants should be aware that this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Record Check.

Derby County Football Club is an Inclusive Club for all and is committed to Equality and Diversity.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Legal, Regulatory & HR

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