HR Employee Relations Advisor

By January 5, 2018
  • Permanent
  • Anywhere

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Our client, a leading FE College in London, is urgently seeking a HR Employee Relations Advisor.

The successful candidate will have CIPD or be working towards this.

The Employee Relations Advisor is the first point of contact for Line Managers and Investigating Managers to provide advice and support on all employee relations (ER) issues. The Employee Relations Advisor will help to ensure a fair and consistent delivery throughout the organisation on policies and procedures, thus promoting a positive employee relations culture within the organisation, whilst minimising the risk of litigation.

To advise and support line managers in the handling of all ER matters, including disciplinary, grievance, capability, performance management, health and sickness absence management, flexible working and unsatisfactory probation. To support the organisation in resolving matters of conflict at the earliest opportunity and to be involved in an advisory capacity in the management of any formal processes within these areas, and for some other substantial reason, and to attend formal hearings.

Duties & Responsibilities

•To ensure effective case management in accordance with College policies and ensure Investigating Managers are fully briefed on process and best practice. To support the investigation of sensitive and complex situations and to advise in the progression of such cases as may be necessary.
•To liaise with the Occupational Health provider, including arranging and overseeing health assessments and medical referrals. To provide advice to Line Managers in relation to phased return to work and temporary and reasonable adjustments, in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
•To develop procedures, processes and guidance notes in relation to areas of responsibility and to work collaboratively to support the introduction of new or revised ER policies.
•To advise and support Line Managers with the handling of all ER matters in conjunction with College policies and in line with employment law. To deliver training and briefings to Line Managers on an ad hoc basis.
•To provide advice and guidance to Line Managers in relation to consultation, restructure and redundancy processes (to include where appropriate advice in relation to TUPE).
•To assist the HR Manager in the handling of employment tribunal or other legal claims, liaising with managers to assemble factual evidence and preparation of documentation.
•To support the well-being of staff by promoting the use of employee benefits related to wellbeing, (e.g. Occupational Health, Employee Assistance Programme, awareness campaigns) as appropriate.
•To develop effective relationships with the business to promote good employee relations across the organisation.
•To escalate to the HR Manager any concerns in relation to HR business risk where advice is not acted upon appropriately.
•To attend meetings, briefings and ad-hoc working groups as appropriate, and contribute to the development of the HR function throughout the College.
•To undertake any other duties, as may from time to time be required, commensurate with the level of the role.

Person Specification


•CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management (post-graduate) or equivalent Employment Law qualification or working towards any of the above.
•Chartered Member of the CIPD (Desirable)
•Level 2 English and Maths


•Experience of managing employee relations issues (disciplinary, grievance, capability)
•Ability to assess potential problems and make sound judgments around issues that may have an adverse effect on the business from an ER perspective
•Knowledge of ER procedures and processes such as employment tribunals, disability, diversity and equal opportunities
•Experience of advising managers in line with legislation and policy and problem-solving
•Experience of facilitating organisational change
•Sound and up-to-date knowledge of employment law
•Designing and delivering training/coaching events (Desirable)

Skills and Competencies

•Computer literate
•Able to plan and prioritise workload
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•Understanding of best practice in all areas of HR
•Proven skills in people development such as coaching and influencing line managers.
•Basic knowledge of health and safety
•Ability to identify training needs
•Good presentation skills

Personal Qualities

•Flexibility, openness to change
•Supportive and sensitive approach
•Able to deal with pressures of a heavy workload
•Confident and influential manner
•Ability to develop strong relationships with key colleagues in the managerial team
•Confident about taking decisions and giving advice independently
•Good interpersonal skills including tact and discretion

Please note: Prior to confirming an appointment to the college, individuals are asked to complete a medical questionnaire in order that the College’s Medical Health Contractor can ascertain their medical fitness for the post.

If you would like to be considered for this role, please email current CV to

The successful candidate will need to undertake an enhanced DBS upon offer

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