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13 Jan 2017

HR Adviser

POSITIVE EMPLOYMENT – Posted by Hyacinth BonaparteLondon, England, United Kingdom

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Job Description

Purpose of Job

Corporate Purpose
Manage and organise effective provision of a service through project delivery, specialist advice and guidance and contract management to contribute to delivery of the council’s objectives and priorities.
Understand and demonstrate the council’s values and behaviours, working collaboratively with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders to help build a sustainable highly effective organisation and develop our reputation as a successful council delivering great value for its residents.

Specific Purpose

Deliver and contribute to a variety of HR projects and lead on allocated projects, which may be linked to any one of a number of HR activities, including resourcing, remuneration and benefits and employee relations.
HR Advisers will provide authoritative advice and support across a range of HR subject areas, specialising in one of the above areas whilst developing a broad range of skills across HR to deliver a modern, flexible and effective service.

Key duties and responsibilities
Principal Accountabilities

Service delivery
Deliver a specialist service, carrying out a range of skilled activities in HR to maximise service quality and continuity. Maintain, develop and review systems, processes and procedures and manage small projects or contracts to secure a cost effective service and continuous improvement.

People and partnerships
Provide experienced, specialist advice and guidance in HR to colleagues and managers to support the resolution of issues, informed decision making, identify risk, and help others to develop their knowledge and expertise.

Liaise and communicate effectively within the council, and externally as appropriate, to consult on plans and projects, share knowledge or best practice, and help champion the council’s approach to improving services.

Resources / Financial management
Assist with the monitoring, analysis and management of delegated budgets, funding and resources in accordance with council policies and procedures. Support the development of outcome based commissioning models and/or income generation opportunities to help the council receive value for money.

Values and behaviours
Positively demonstrate the council’s values and behaviours in your role to support the achievement of the corporate vision.

Understand and comply with relevant legal, regulatory, policy and procedural requirements and standards and escalate/report concerns to management as appropriate.

Equality and diversity
Familiarise, uphold and promote the aims of the council’s equality and diversity policies in the course of day-to-day work.

Specific Responsibilities

• Lead, deliver on and contribute to allocated HR projects on time and within budget.
• Develop and review HR activities in the specialist area to help the council deliver its objectives and meet its future challenges. Examples of activities include corporate reward and recruitment initiatives, review of terms and conditions and benchmarking exercises, salary surveys, preparing Employment Tribunal responses and witness statements. Managing a high volume of complex casework will be a key focus in the employee relations area.
• Interpret policies and procedures to advise and influence the actions of line managers across the council and assist them in meeting legal, procedural and workforce development requirements.
• Devise and implement tailored solutions to complex issues, in line with council policies and procedures, to enable line managers to make informed and timely decisions on staffing matters.
• Lead on the development and review of the council’s HR policies and employment practices to ensure that they reflect best practice, comply with legislation and continue to support the organisation’s needs.
• Work with managers and the HR team to ensure that operational HR issues are identified and inform the development of HR strategies and initiatives to support direct service delivery, relationship management, reward, employee relations and policy.
• Undertake research, analyse data and draft briefing papers on behalf of the Director of People Services and recommend changes in HR policies and employment practices to ensure that they continue to meet organisational needs.
• Keep abreast of developments in employment legislation, EC directives, codes of practice and related matters and maintain a thorough knowledge of HR policies and procedures, employment law and relevant case law in order to understand current requirements and best practice.
• Provide professional advice and guidance on managing change and related HR issues to ensure that they meet the needs of the service and comply with the council’s HR policies.
• Responsibility for ensuring the council complies with statutory responsibilities e.g. in relation to the publication of the councils Pay Policy and senior salaries
• Support the council’s diversity and equalities agenda in relation to employment and ensure that the council’s practices clearly promote equality and diversity and meet statutory requirements.

CIPD qualified or with a post graduate professional qualification or equivalent in a related discipline or equivalent suitable experience

Work experience
• Practical experience of working in an HR function in an advisory or policy capacity with demonstrable experience of advising in one or more subject areas such as discipline, grievance, sick absence, performance management and redundancy.
• Experience of providing HR services in a local authority or other multi service organisation
• Experience of working in a unionised environment
• Experience of communicating and developing effective working relationships with managers at all levels and trade union representatives

Skills/ Knowledge:
• An in-depth knowledge of one or more HR subject areas
• Knowledge of a wide range of HR issues
• Knowledge of employment law
• Excellent research, analytical and organisational skills
• Ability to influence and persuade staff and managers in a variety of situations
• Excellent interpersonal skills in order to create and sustain effective relationships with a range of operational and professional staff and managers
• Effective written and oral communication skills appropriate to the situation, including report writing and presentation skills
• Able to work on a large number of cases and projects simultaneously, working to deadlines and targets
• Able to plan and co-ordinate activities of self and others in the context of conflicting priorities
• Able to work quickly and accurately under pressure whilst ensuring attention to detail
• Ability to prioritise and plan to make best use of personal resources in achieving performance objectives
• Up to date knowledge of HR practices, trends, employment legislation and good practice
• Ability to understand, assimilate and interpret complex information
• Ability to work effectively both as a member of a team and on own initiative
• Knowledge and understanding of Local Authority terms and conditions an advantage
• IT literate – willing and able to use information

Job Categories: Public Sector. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: CIPD qualified, employment legislation, knowledge of HR practices, trends, and with a post graduate professional qualification. Salary: £20,000 - £40,000.

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