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Senior Human Resources Adviser

  • Location

    Oxford, Oxfordshire

  • Sector:

    Human Resources

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £37849.00 - £38849 per annum

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

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  • Expiry date:


Our client is seeking a Senior Human Resources Advisor on a permanent basis.

Working Hours:

37 Hours per week

Monday - Friday

Pay Rate:

£37, 849.00 per Annam

Job Purpose:

  • To support the council in delivering of outstanding services to the residents of the council through a high performing, capable and motivated workforce by providing professional HR expertise on employee relations, performance management and attendance.
  • Promote best practice standards of people management and contribute to the continual improvement of professional, expert HR advice service provided to managers across the council.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advise and support managers on organisational change including restructures, redundancy programmes, outsourcing and in sourcing, organisational/job redesign, analysing and advising on contractual, procedural and legal requirements; engaging with staff and trade unions including contributing to formal consultation; designing and delivering selection and implementation plans and working collaboratively with other support functions such as finance and other HR experts and services such as Organisational Development and Recruitment to ensure changes are implemented successfully.
  • Support managers to develop their confidence, knowledge and skills in dealing with people management and employee relations matters such as performance management.
  • Advise managers on formal misconduct and performance matters including issues involving suspension, formal investigations and dismissals. Act as adviser on formal panels where required.
  • Ensure risks to the council including of litigation, are properly assessed and managed in the provision of advice to managers on employee relations matters.
  • Dealing with a range of complex and contentious matters requiring support, persuasion, advocacy and sensitivity, within the application of operational guidelines.
  • Diagnose, advise and work with parties to resolve workplace disputes and conflict commissioning specialist input from Organisational Development, mediation or other specialists where necessary with the aim of achieving informal resolution wherever possible.
  • Advise and support Grievance Managers to manage formal grievances and disputes including setting terms of reference, liaising with the aggrieved employee, trade unions and investigating officer.
  • Challenge, influence and persuade managers to ensure compliance with legal and best practice standards.
  • Act on behalf of the council in negotiating settlement agreements and exit strategies with employees, legal representatives and trade unions and advise on legal claims including preparing for appeals and tribunals where required.
  • Design and deliver training for managers to improve standards of people management and awareness and understanding of legal responsibilities and council policies.
  • Advise on complex areas of contractual terms and conditions of employment, employment status, pay and benefits and the interpretation of policy and procedures, promoting the use of our online advice for common HR matters and linking with other HR services where required.
  • Provide expertise and contribute to the review and development of HR policy and strategies.
  • Work with trade union officials, employees and managers to encourage positive employee relations.
  • Support the council's culture of inclusion and zero tolerance of discrimination, bullying and harassment and advise on matters that arise in contravention to this policy.
  • Use workforce data to analyse and identify workforce trends and issues collaborating with relevant HR colleagues to develop holistic solutions.
  • Contribute to the continual maintenance and improvement of our online HR advice and ensure all HR Advice templates, letters and checklists reflect the latest employment law, best practice and OCC Policy.
  • Where required cover the HR Advice desk, resolving enquiries where possible and referring matters on where appropriate.
  • Maintain a good understanding of the council's services, aims and objectives to ensure employee relations matters are managed appropriately.
  • Keep accurate and up to date case records ensuring information is kept securely and confidentially.
  • Manage your continual professional development keeping up to date with the latest employment law, best practice and innovation in people management and employee relations.

Skills and Experience:

  • CIPD qualified to graduate level with up to date knowledge of employment law and employee relations best practice.
  • Considerable experience gained from at least five years of providing professional advice on employee relations matters and organisational change.
  • Highly developed communication and influencing skills with the ability to build credibility and rapport; communicate effectively verbally and in writing, translating legal and policy matters into plain English and adapting style to different audiences.
  • Proven track record of resolving conflict, diagnosing the root cause and developing solutions including advising on formal procedures where informal resolution is not achieved.
  • Good IT and administration skills with a sound understanding of the legal requirements in handling personal and sensitive data and ability to use Excel spreadsheets to manipulate data.
  • Ability to prioritise a case load, ensuring cases are progressed and resolved in a timely way.
  • Honest with strong integrity, setting high personal and professional standards with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Good customer service ethos with ability to collaborate with a range of colleagues, teams and stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes.
  • Resilient with the ability to deal with challenging behaviours and conflict.
  • Ability to analyse complex situations, gather the facts and take a risk assessment approach to finding the best solutions.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and take minutes, producing reports within specified timescales.
  • Able to travel across the county to deliver effective case management.
  • Occasional need to work additional hours to ensure delivery of required levels of service.

For this role you will need the following:

- You are eligible to work in the UK.

- 2 written references.

- A suitable NI Number.

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