HR Advisor

Job Category: HR
Reference HQ0001474
Contract Type Permanent
Location Peterborough
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP (Urgent)
Hours per week 37
Salary Annual salary: £32,234

About the job:

We at Opus People Solutions are searching for an diligent HR Advisor for a forward thinking public client.

You will be responsible for providing a proactive and solution focused advice to line managers across the local authority to improve organisational performance and support the delivery of the organisation’s objectives.

This position is on a hybrid working scheme. You will be working in the office 2 days a week, working on the same days as your team.

You will be required to complete a personal statement after your first application.

The closing date is 10th October, with shortlisting on the 11th October and the interview will be held on the 14th.

  • Provide high quality and professional specialist advice and guidance to line managers which is solution focused, on all people aspects including council policies and procedures, a range of terms and conditions and pensions processes to ensure that HR matters are managed in a fair and consistent manner with an emphasis on managers taking responsibility and ownership for decision-making involving people issues.
  • In conjunction with the Policy, Reward & Compliance Manager provide high quality and professional advice and guidance on immigration rules and the sponsoring of migrants to the organisation including interpretation of the legislation and dealing with applications.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with line managers at all levels across the organisation to encourage a high level of confidence in the HR function.
  • In conjunction with line managers, oversee HR cases from end to end to achieve effective outcomes for individuals and the organisation, including grievance, disciplinary, capability and absence management. Ensure that accurate and up to date case management records are maintained.
  • Develop a dialogue with line managers to identify people issues that are obstacles to achieving departmental and service objectives. Gain support to address issues and agree priorities and action plans.
  • Coach line managers to fulfil their people management responsibilities within both formal and informal processes and provide guidance with regards to line management roles and responsibilities.
  • In conjunction with Line Managers, oversee change management programmes including service reorganisations and TUPE transfers seeking support from the HR Manager as required. Ensure effective consultation documents are in place and attend consultation meetings with staff and trade unions ensuring appropriate record keeping and collation of necessary data.
  • Develop and deliver line manager HR best practice training to ensure processes are embedded effectively across the management population.
  • Carry out job evaluations in line with the national schemes.
  • Produce accurate and regular reporting on HR activities to enable effective monitoring of HR performance as well as completing Freedom of Information requests.
  • Undertake HR projects as and when required to support the organisation in delivering its agenda.
  • Seek to identify ways of improving the quality and value of the HR service delivered to the organisation.
  • As part of continuous professional development keep up to date with the latest development in HR including employment legislation and best practise.
  • Deputise for the HR Manager as and when required

Please email [email protected] with an up-to-date CV to apply.

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Why choose Opus?


We get sight of all temporary and interim vacancies for Suffolk County Council and Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils first. By working through Opus, you will be notified of the job opportunities before any other recruitment agencies are even aware.


We have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the public sector, with many of our employees having previously worked for and with both Suffolk County Council and Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils for several years.


In the last month alone, we filled 95% of jobs using our own pool of registered candidates. The remainder went out to our trusted supply chain.


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Balwinder Kaur, Interim Assistant Director

“Opus are a friendly, quick responding group, who have always been able to provide the resources as and when I need it. Thank you for making my job that little bit easier!”

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“I highly recommend Opus as an agency. They were extremely supportive through all the recruitment process and the relevant paperwork. I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role and my colleagues are extremely friendly.”

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Ronnie Tidy, Assessment Co-ordinator

“I have had great success working with Opus on our recruitment requirements. The level of success we have experienced working with Opus and sourcing and filling our vacancies, has been excellent. I have built up a brilliant working relationship with them, they have the time to fully understand our business and recruitment needs.”

Hannah Pittock, Schools’ Choice

“Opus was very helpful in the recruitment process, I was lucky enough to get a placement within the council instantly. The team are incredibly friendly and are always happy to help.”

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“Opus have been great in finding temporary work for me. They have been extremely helpful and I would highly recommend their services if you are looking for a platform to build skills, confidence and gain experience in a work place and further.”

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“The service I received was fantastic, Opus helped me obtain a temporary position to gain office and professional experience which I lacked after finishing university. My temporary position was also made permanent in a role that I found both enjoyable and interesting.”

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