HR Senior Adviser – Oxfordshire

Professional Industries:
  • Marketing
Job Type:
  • Temporary
Reference Number: 5121895
Oxfordshire, UK


Role: HR Senior Advise
Location: Oxfordshire
Rate: £24 to £27 per hour Inside IR35


To support the council in delivering of outstanding services to the residents of Oxfordshire 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.

Job Responsibilities

Advise and support managers on organisational change including restructures, redundancy programmes, outsourcing and insourcing, 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.



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