HR Advisor

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Reference HQ00020281
Service Cambridgeshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Initially three months
Location Cambridgeshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date December 2020
Hours per week 37
Rate £14.38 per hour, PAYE

About the job:

As a HR Advisor for Cambridgeshire County Council through Opus Cambridgeshire, you will provide general advice and guidance on HR issues to managers, developing a range of options and creative solutions within agreed County Council and customer frameworks and policies, and that also take account of employment legislation requirements and business needs.

Working from home/Shire Hall, Cambridge.

This is a temporary placement for an initial three months/covering maternity.

  •  Support and coach managers throughout their handling of disciplinary, ill health, performance, grievance and redundancy issues and change management programmes, ensuring that all aspects are handled appropriately and promptly within agreed frameworks and policies. Liaison with the trade unions will be an important part of the role to ensure good employee relations are maintained.
  •  Embed good practice with regards to safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults by advising managers on the Council’s or customer’s disclosures policy and DBS process.
  •  Support change management projects including service restructures and TUPE transfers using a project management approach to coach managers to drive through change. Ensure that structural changes are fully implemented and changes to the hierarchy are completed to maintain the integrity of the system and accurate management information.
  • Oversee the maintenance and validation of electronic data to ensure that it is accurate and up to date. Undertake regular data analysis for an allocated ‘portfolio’ to ensure that issues and trends are discussed with managers as a basis for performance management and problem resolution.
  • Contribute to the provision of accurate and timely workforce information reports for management teams, including analysing and interpreting workforce information. Highlight trends and patterns and recommend solutions as necessary to meet trends, shortfalls and planned changes and ensure that managers are aware of these.
  • Undertake allocated corporate and team based HR project work, including research where appropriate, to ensure that projects are delivered on time and to agreed objectives and performance standards.
  •  Contribute to the Council’s projects and programmes advising on the people impact of changes. Support specific projects as agreed with the Head of HR.
  • Support the continuous development of the HR service through policy development. Deliver training for managers and employees on a full range of HR policies. Drive performance management within the Council by coaching and mentoring managers and employees.
  • Support the job evaluation process by advising managers on job design and analysis, as well as taking part in the panel process to facilitate consistency of application and compliance with County Council policies and standards.

The successful candidate will be part/fully CIPD qualified or equivalent, have in-depth practical experience of working in human resources and be able to support managers in dealing with change management, disciplinary, grievance, ill health and redundancy issues.  A sound knowledge of employment legislation is required, together with current best practice in HR and an understanding of the role of Trade Unions.

  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro-rata (including bank holidays) where applicable
  •  Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  •  Pension contribution from employer
  •  Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  •  Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  •  Gain experience to support permanent applications

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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.


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