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HR Advisor – Part-Time Maternity Cover

Recruitment Revolution
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
£30,000 per annum Pro Rata + Benefits
Closing date
9 Feb 2021

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Engineering, Retail
Contract Type
HR & Training
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Job Details

This is a great opportunity for someone who has been a HR Administrator and Advisor for some time and is looking to step up and take on the responsibility and challenge of running the HR operations in an SME which will include everything from keeping at HR administration and employee documents in order to advising and supporting managers and employees throughout the business.

Role Info:

HR Advisor – Part-Time Maternity Cover
Houghton Regis & St Albans
£30,000 pro rata (£20,000 for 25 hours per week)
Plus Benefits

Ready to start around 1st March 2021

About Shoal Group:

Shoal Group brings together both Cablecraft and FS Cables and offers customers access to over 28,000 cable management, identification and termination solutions and over 3,500 flexible and specialist cables offers; on a same day despatch, next day delivery (UK mainland) basis; with first class customer service and technical support; bespoke product and inventory solutions; and access to order 24/7 by telephone or online.

Shoal Group operates with the agility, energy and nimbleness of an SME but enjoys the benefits of being part of Diploma PLC (FTSE250) Controls Sector that actively supports our organic and carefully targeted acquisition growth plans and initiatives.

Our people are our most valuable asset and their wellbeing and development is of paramount importance to us, as are sustainable long-term partnerships with our customers and suppliers. We are committed to doing business the right way whilst reducing our environmental impact and improving our ecological performance. It's a smarter direction for everyone.

What can you expect in this role?

The HR Advisor is a maternity cover position for the Shoal Group HR Manager for 12-14 months. During the maternity cover, you will act as a stand-alone HR Advisor and Administrator, responsible for keeping the existing HR function and service running in the absence of the HR Manager. You will have the close support of the Commercial & Finance Director in providing this service for our 135 employees across 3 sites.

Main Duties:

+ Providing solid advice to managers on employee entitlements, company policy, and employment law (liaising with legal support when needed)
+ Supporting managers with HR processes such as disciplinaries and personal development plans to ensure they are being carried out correctly and fairly, and ensuring these are documented
+ Acting as an approachable and impartial point of contact in the business to provide support to all our employees
+ Maintaining accurate and detailed employee records, ensuring all changes and events are recorded
+ Managing all new starter documents, onboarding processes, contracts, and contractual changes
+ Managing and keeping HR management system (BrightHR) and time and attendance system up to date, extracting reports when necessary
+ Ensuring company processes are carried out regularly by managers
+ Organising staff events throughout the year from staff treats for hitting bonus to larger social events
+ Calculating monthly pay and submitting payroll data in a timely fashion to the external payroll company via Excel
+ Finalising job descriptions and advertising new opportunities, coordinating the recruitment process, arrange interviews
+ Helping managers to organise and coordinate training for staff whether internally or externally provided
+ Oversight of apprenticeship programmes; liaising with apprentice training providers regularly and ensuring apprentices are on track

What makes a suitable candidate for this role?

+ At least three years’ experience in HR ideally having good experience both in HR Administration and Advising in a private sector environment
+ Solid understanding of UK employment law and data protection regulations, and proactive approach to keeping up to date with changes (you will also have access to legal advice and support when needed)
+ People orientated with a high level of emotional intelligence and a friendly, approachable demeanor
+ Used to working with highly confidential information and most importantly discreet
+ Experience in assisting with recruitment processes, coordination, and interviewing candidates
+ Excellent attention to detail, with a strong background in administration and highly organised approach to work
+ Experience using HR management systems and databases, and strong IT skills (MS Office)
+ Can work on own initiative and without supervision
+ Experience in preparing pay data for payroll to an external payroll agency is desirable, but without this, a strong numerical ability and good Excel skills are required
+ CIPD qualification at Level 3 or 5 or any professional qualifications in HR would be advantageous to any application
+ Ability to drive as you will need to travel to different sites

Job Details:

+ Salary: £30,000 pro rata (£20,000 for 25 hours per week)
+ Hours: we are looking for someone to work 25 hours across 5 or 4 days and can be flexible on working time provided they fall within the main operating hours of the business 8.30am to 5.30pm
+ Location: this is an office-based position, and you will need to be able to work at both our St Albans and Houghton Regis offices


+ Company Bonus scheme
+ Life Assurance from Day 1
+ Pensions Options
+ Opportunity of training, e.g. Mental Health First Aid
+ Access to EAP
+ Holiday – 22 days per year plus bank holidays (pro rata)
+ People – you’ll be joining our dynamic, fun and exciting team
+ Free on-site parking

Interested? Apply here for a fast-track path to the Hiring Manager

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If you have any pre-application questions please contact us first quoting the job title & ref. Good luck, Team RR.


We’re Talent Acquisition Specialists that founded change in 2005. Since then we’ve helped over 2500 clients grow, prosper and lead.

# Our Story

Frustrated by poor experiences with traditional agencies, our founders (just two regular candidates), decided that the outdated industry needed modernising and a new balance of power. In 2005, a new kind of agency model was born, putting the client and candidate at the heart of the experience whilst removing the pushy sales, schmooze and high fees.

# What makes us different?

Aside from a sensible fee model, custom technology and a direct unhindered path to candidates we…

…don’t sell candidates and we don’t sell jobs: we facilitate relationships and champion the process of ‘organic hiring’ to help create stronger and longer-lasting engagements.

# Who we work with

With an industry reputation for delivering results we are the go-to talent finders for over 2500 clients. We work with everyone from tech start-ups to global brands who all demand the best service and talent.

From business owners hiring 2 people a year to Internal Recruiting teams hiring 200+ people a year, RR sources talent across all sectors and levels.

# Reputation

Our expertise have also been called upon by some of the leading job boards including the UK’s No1.

Recruitment Revolution is a member of the REC with a 100% compliance pass rate and holds a Feefo 5* Gold Award for Service.

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