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HR Officer

Sport Northern Ireland

Sport NI is the lead development public body for sport and physical recreation in Northern Ireland. We develop all aspects of sport and physical recreation, from active participation to Olympic and Paralympic levels.

25 Mar 2022
Northern Ireland
Closing date
Open Applications

Overall Purpose of the Job

The HR Officer plays a key role and will assist and support in the coordination and delivery of a comprehensive HR administrative service to Sport NI’s managers and staff. This includes generalist support for the organisation, development and effective delivery of an all- encompassing HR Function.

The post holder will act as a key advocate for culture change within the organisation and for overseeing the successful delivery of our Vision, Mission and Values.

The HR Officer will be based at House of Sport, Belfast and will also provide HR services to Sport NI’s other two sites based at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Bryansford & the Sports Institute, Jordanstown.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Policy Development

  • Assist in the research, development and implementation of the organisations Policies and Procedures relating to all HR activities.
  • Provide advice and assistance to staff regarding all aspects of HR policy and procedures

People Management & Development

  • Coordinate and manage the administration of recruitment and selection processes from creation of vacancy to appointment of candidate.
  • Coordination the administration of all aspects of the employee life cycle and associated processes including induction, training, performance management, payroll and pensions.
  • Contribute to the development of a HR strategy and the delivery of objectives relating to the Business Plan and Corporate Strategy.
  • Support in the administration and implementation of staff learning and development to enhance the effectiveness of employee performance in achieving both individual and organisational goals and objectives.
  • Assist in the line management of members of the HR team including reception and caretaking staff.
  • Motivating and developing the team to deliver a high-quality service to the organisation and to seek opportunities for continuous improvement.

Reward and Remuneration

  • To provide administration support in the processing of the monthly payroll and pension activities for the organisation ensuring information is processed accurately and in a timely manner.

Systems, Business and Organisational Development

  • Assist in the coordination and the development of HR and Payroll Information Systems to maximise integration and efficiency.
  • To coordinate and manage the administration of the HR system to ensure the effective operation of HR processes relating to recruitment, payroll, attendance management and learning and development.
  • To assist in administration for effective reporting of HR business information both internally and externally.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

  • To provide administration support to the organisation's Health and Safety Coordinator, to ensure that the organisation is meeting its obligations under Health & Safety legislation.
  • Promote a healthy workplace culture by ensuring SNI has appropriate provisions and services for staff to avail of.
  • Provide support in the coordination of the organisation's buildings to ensure they are maintained in a safe condition.

Corporate Management Responsibilities

  • To assist in the effective management of resources, ensuring work completed aligns to Business and Corporate Plan objectives and is of a high quality, delivered on time and within budget.
  • To monitor/measure individual and team performance and compliance with all Sport NI’s policies and procedures. This includes effective monitoring, reporting and evaluation of all projects and programmes for which the post holder has a responsibility.
  • To carry out any other duties that from time to time may reasonably be undertaken in the pursuit of the post’s overall objectives.

Download the full job description and person specification here

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

This role is a permanent appointment. As an Arm’s Length Body our pay scales are analogous to those of the NI Civil Service (NICS).


The post-holder will be based at the House of Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast and will also be expected to work at other Sport NI sites as required.


The successful applicant will be required to travel on official duty throughout Northern Ireland and occasionally to Ireland and Great Britain. The post-holder must have access to a form of transport which will enable them to fulfil their responsibilities.

Salary will be within the range £26,017 - £26,575 per annum within which pay progression will be performance related.

The successful candidate can expect to be placed at the minimum point of the pay scale, although a higher starting salary within the range may be available if he/she has exceptionally relevant skills/experience.


Sport NI offers staff membership of the NILGOSC Pension Scheme. Details can be found at the NILGOSC website here


In addition to public holidays, currently 12.5 days, the annual leave allowance will be 25 days rising to 30 days after 5 years’ service.

Hours of Work

The normal conditioned hours of work are full-time: 37 hours net per week including 0830 to 1700 Monday to Friday. The post-holder may be required to work outside their normal conditioned hours, where necessary, to fulfil the demands of the post.


Confirmation of appointment will be dependent upon the satisfactory completion of a probationary period of 6 months. If performance, conduct or attendance during this period is not satisfactory the appointment may be terminated.

Application Form

Sport NI requests that all applicants complete an application form when applying for a vacancy and a CV will not be considered.

Application form for the role can be downloaded from the Sport NI Website and requests for an application form may be made via email to [email protected] Alternative forms of applications such as Braille or audio can be made available if required.

The application form includes a section on reasonable adjustments in order to give applicants an opportunity at an early stage to indicate any relevant effects of a disability and to suggest adjustments which might help them to overcome any disadvantage they might encounter in the recruitment and selection process. Candidates should note that Sport NI is committed to ensuring that all applications will be considered equally.

The closing date is Wednesday 30 March 2022 at 12:00 noon. Application forms received after the closing date will not be considered.


Sport NI will form a suitably qualified and independent selection panel for the role. The panel will use only information contained in Section 4 of the application form for shortlisting purposes and will not make assumptions about qualifications or experience.

Sport NI will shortlist candidates who meet the essential criteria required for the role. Should there be excessive numbers of applicants for the role, Sport NI reserves the right to use desirable criteria in shortlisting.

As soon as possible after the shortlisting, the HR Department will notify each applicant of the result. Shortlisted candidates will be called to the next stage of the process - an interview. Any applicant who is not shortlisted and wishes to know the reason why will be advised to write to the HR Department and an explanation will be provided as to which of the criteria the applicant did not meet.

Additional Information

Job Type
Culture & Leadership
Legal, Regulatory & HR
Salary information
£ 26,017 - 26,575

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