People and Culture Manager (fixed term)

People and Culture Manager (fixed term)

Do you have a heart for people and processes? Are you an experienced HR professional?   

  • Fixed term for 8 months / full-time, 35 hours per week. We would be open to some flexibility on hours worked.
  • Hybrid working – approximately two days a week at CMS House, Oxford. More flexibility can be considered based on geography.
  • Starting salary £44,975-£49,280 depending on experience, with a generous pension contribution: up to 10 per cent employer contribution on annual salary.
  • 36 days of annual leave pro rata (including bank holidays) as well as enhanced paid sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
  • Generous rewards and wellbeing package, including:
    • access to 24/7 employee assistance programme with qualified counsellors
    • regular wellbeing coffee mornings
    • support on menopause for women
    • up to three volunteer days a year
    • up to three family emergency leave days a year
    • retreats and resources for prayer life

We welcome applications from everyone. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or individuals from minority groups as they are currently underrepresented within our organisation at this level. All appointments are made on merit of skill, experience and potential as laid down in the job description and person specification.

Your role

The People and Culture Manager post sits is in a People and Learning group which brings together all the people specialisms from across the organisation – UK HR, people in mission support, vocational recruitment, mission learning and organisational development – to ensure maximum coordination and to strengthen a culture of diversity, inclusion, empowerment, learning and collaboration across all our people.

The post holder will have strategic oversight of the HR function in Britain for CMS and to practically provide support and advice to CMS leaders and staff and HR practitioners, so that effective and efficient policies, systems and processes are implemented and embedded across CMS. To contribute to the People & Learning (P&L) group’s work in building a culture that is inclusive, empowering, collaborative and always learning across all of our people.

The organisation you’ll be joining

Church Mission Society is comprised of people who are passionate about mission and fired up about helping people follow Jesus. For over 200 years CMS has been at the forefront of global mission, living out the gospel of Jesus, seeing lives changed and communities transformed. If you join CMS you will find an organisation that has been reinvigorated with a fresh vision to make disciples of Jesus among people at the edges, both in the UK and around the world.

What you’ll need to succeed

The successful candidate will have proven HR experience at manager or advisor level in business, public or not-for-profit sectors, proven recruitment and employee relations experience. You will be a confident and effective communicator with a big picture overview with an eye for details.

It is also a requirement for this post holder to be a committed and practising Christian, enthusiastic about the aims and values of CMS.

It is also a requirement for this post holder to be in sympathy with the aims and values of CMS.

Further details can be found in the job description and person specification available to download below.

Our commitment to you


We are committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve, our partners, our volunteers, and our staff. We believe that every child or adult we come into contact with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm and abuse. Our recruitment and selection processes are in line with our Safeguarding Policy and the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, which CMS is a member of as part of our commitment to safeguarding.    


Our core values of being pioneering, relational, faithful and evangelistic are integral to everything we do, and we work hard to ensure that every member of staff is valued, supported and encouraged to continually learn and develop their skills.

Closing date

Please apply by midnight on Sunday 23 June 2024.

Interviews are planned to be held on Tuesday 2 July 2024 at CMS House, Oxford.

To apply

Please send your application form and CV to jobs [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org or by post to HR Team, CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ. CVs will only be considered when sent with a completed application form (download below). Please be sure to save a copy of the application form to your device. If you have any issues downloading or opening the form please contact our HR team for assistance. See the application guide for further advice.

CMS is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects at all grades the diverse communities that we serve. Therefore we ask that you complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form and send it to equalopportunities [at] churchmissionsociety [dot] org

As a member of the Inter-agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, CMS has committed to systematically check with previous employers from at least the last five years for any ‘SEAH’ (Sexual Exploitation, Abuse or Harassment) issues relating to all potential new hires.

Candidates for all UK roles must already be eligible to work in the UK, with a valid visa and work permit if required.