HR Advisor

HR Advisor


up to £38,000 pa



Job Description

You will be working as part of a small HR team in this HO function for an established food retailer, with up to 2000 employees.  Reporting in to the HR Manager, and covering in their absence, you will have several years generalist HR experience and be confident working in a fast moving, high-energy environment where you will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the business.  Small element of travel in order to provide training.

  • Additional benefits include 25 days holiday + BH
  • If you’re collaborative, passionate about HR, and enjoy a dynamic role, this could be the perfect fit for you!
  • Located in Cardiff – 5 days on-site.

Successful Applicant

As an HR Advisor you will be working alongside the other members of the HR team, helping to build and maintain a positive relationship amongst employees and managers. This is a generalist role where you will be providing a full HR service to around 1,500 employees. 


A key part of the role will be coaching and advising managers on the best way to handle employee relations issues so they can deal with them promptly and effectively to minimise ongoing upset or disruption, and to ensure the smooth running of the operation. 


Where issues cannot be resolved informally, you will support and guide managers through the more formal processes which may include performance management, absence management, probation reviews, disciplinary hearings, grievance hearings and appeals. 


In addition, you will support the HR team with day-to-day transactional activities including recruitment, on-boarding of new starters, review and audit of employment documents, and producing and maintaining HR data and reports. 


Being an HR Advisor means you will need to be committed to a varied and busy role full of challenges every day. You will get to meet new people, and be part of a highly skilled team where everyone is treated with respect and honesty. You’ll be working in a fast moving, high-energy environment where you will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the business – but you’ll have a great time doing it!


The HR Advisor will report into the Human Resources Manager.


Key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide coaching, advice and support to Managers and Area Managers to enable them to effectively deal with all people matters, including performance management, short-term absence management and more complex employee relations issues.
  • Manage employees on long-term sickness absence, including exiting employees via the ill-health capability process if there is no foreseeable return to work.
  • Conduct investigations, and chair probation reviews, disciplinary hearings, grievance hearings and appeal meetings.
  • Provide HR training to the business, including bite-size training sessions for Managers.
  • Support the strategic HR plans with the intention of a positive impact on business performance.
  • Participate with HR projects, as required.
  • Process documentation and prepare reports relating to HR activities.
  • Create and maintain reports containing HR data to support business decisions.
  • Monitor the HR Inbox and respond to queries in a timely manner
  • Ad hoc admin


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Essential to have a minimum of 2 to 3 years practical hands-on HR experience.
  • CIPD level 5 desirable but experience is more essential.
  • A keen eye for detail with a thorough approach to reviewing facts and information.
  • A confident and logical decision maker with the ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that are appropriate for their audience.
  • Discreet and confidential at all times.
  • A proactive team player with a ‘happy to help’ attitude
  • Hardworking, reliable, IT literate (especially Excel), and able to work to strict deadlines.

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