Senior HR Advisor

We are currently seeking an experienced Senior HR Advisor for a role based with an industrial organisation in Plymouth. We are happy to consider both people looking for full or part-time work. That could be a condensed week or 4 days a week. It will working on site the majority of the time and the site is based in South Plymouth.

Reporting to a remote based HR Business Partner, this is a broad generalist role encompassing the following; leading on complex ER case resolutions working closely with unions; coaching and advising the SMT on all aspects of employee relations; recruitment and some really interesting adding value projects.

One of those projects will be to undertake a comprehensive TNA of all managers and develop a suite of workshops to address knowledge gaps. You will partner line managers on HR issues and people management processes, developing and delivering development initiatives that support the business.

This will require a strong focus on advising and developing managers to drive their effectiveness, supporting on all of the many complex and challenging ER issues in a unionised environment and also recruitment, implementing engagement strategies and action plans and providing solutions to people issues.

Person Specification

  • Experience in all aspects of HR including: employee relations, employment law, recruitment, coaching & L&D and reward preferably within a fast moving, private sector organisation.
  • Our client is preferably looking for someone with HR experience within manufacturing or industrial/engineering. Certainly you must be comfortable working in an earthy male dominated, unionised environment.
  • A passion for and evidence of having designed and implemented adding value talent development workshops on HR issues.
  • Supportive, motivating, enthusiastic, with a strong desire to help people be the very best they can be.
  • Confident in your understanding of current employment law.
  • A creative thinker who is solutions-focused and a self-starter
  • Credible with some management experience, able to influence, coach and advise people at all levels.
  • Positive, high energy and inspiring so that people are engaged into new ways of working.
  • Strong business acumen and able to evidence how effective HR initiatives add value to the bottom line.
  • Excellent employment law knowledge and a track record in complex ER case resolution.

This would suit a commercially astute, engaging Senior HR Advisor looking for the opportunity to manage a small team in a successful organisation with a strong business pipeline.


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