Senior HR Consultant - Wellington or Exeter - Somerset

Ref: 69 Date Posted: Friday 10 Jan 2020
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Senior HR Consultant
Job Type:
Full time or part time (minimum of 30 hours per week).
Full Time Salary: Circa £40,000 (dependent on experience)
Location: To be based in either our Wellington or Exeter Office.

The Company:
We are a fast paced, growing business with big plans for the future and this is a really exciting time to be joining our expanding team in the South West.  We pride ourselves on partnering our clients across a comprehensive range of HR services. This means we can fully understand the direction of their business and find solutions to their HR challenges and requirements to help them meet their business goals.  From our offices in Devon, Somerset and London, our HR consultancy is made up of an experienced team of HR consultants providing a range of specialisms to a wide variety of sectors, businesses and organisations.

The Role:
As we expand our operation in the South West, we’re seeking a Senior HR Consultant to work out of either our Wellington or Exeter office. The role involves delivering a high quality and professional generalist HR service to our clients.  You will provide expert HR advice and guidance whilst using excellent interpersonal skills to develop lasting relationships to strengthen and grow existing accounts.

You will work collaboratively with clients and colleagues to competently and efficiently handle the full breadth of complex HR issues.  This will involve you managing detailed employee relations investigations as part of grievance or disciplinary processes and managing and advising on a variety of cases, hearings and appeals, ensuring that you work with the client to understand and mitigate risk.  As well as employee relations activities, you will advise and manage business change activities such as restructuring, redundancies, consultation exercises and TUPE transfers. You’ll also work on people management tasks such as drafting contracts of employment, policies and employee handbooks.

Through building strong relationships with your clients, you will develop an understanding of their business and advise and help implement HR solutions to support their business strategies.  As well as the areas already mentioned, this may also include identifying and implementing training solutions and supporting and managing recruitment campaigns.   Other clients call on us to carry out discrete project work, requiring you to carry out research, using a variety of methodologies and summarising it in a report and providing recommendations.

With a commercial approach to your work, you will visit clients on site where required to support and lead on a variety of HR related meetings including disciplinary/grievance investigations and hearings, recruitment interviews, return to work interviews and redundancy consultations. With support from the team and the resources available, you will produce accurate and compliant documentation in relation to all aspects of the employee lifecycle in addition to drafting and implementing policies in line with current legislation.

The Person:
You will be CIPD qualified to at least level 5 and have experience of operating as an HR Manager, HR Advisor and/or HR Business Partner with proven experience of advising management on a wide range of HR issues.  As well as having experience of advising or chairing formal HR meetings such as disciplinaries and capability meetings, you will also be experienced in carrying out investigations and competently drafting formal and informal letters and investigation reports.

With excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to adapt your style to suit a variety of clients, you’ll have the ability to influence and manage key stakeholders enabling you to build and develop lasting relationships with our clients.

A full clean UK driving licence is a must, as is a willingness to travel in the South West and occasionally elsewhere in the UK. You will be comfortable using a range of IT systems and proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.

Experience of working within a client services environment or a consultancy role would be advantageous but is not essential.

The Rewards:
In return we offer:

  • a competitive salary package (circa £40k dependent on experience) pro rata;
  • 29 days’ holiday per year (plus bank holidays) pro rata;
  • flexible working and a workplace culture that values work/life balance;
  • opportunities for training and progression;
  • employer contributions of 3% towards a workplace pension scheme;
  • business laptop and mobile phone; and
  • the opportunity to be part of a progressive and expanding business.

How to Apply:
If you possess the experience, passion and attitude to make this role a success then we would love to hear from you.  Please see below to download a full job description and click apply to submit your CV and covering letter.

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