Employee Relations Adviser, People and Culture

People and Culture



  • Posted on: 11th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £27,116 - £30,497 per annum, pro rata
  • REF: REQ05547
  • Closes: 31st January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description
If you have HR administrative experience and looking for your next step in your HR Career to an adviser role working within a fast paced HR environment, then this could be the job for you.

Duties of the Role

This is a very busy and varied role that supports the delivery of efficient employee relations advice and guidance to managers across the university.

  • Providing a professional and efficient service to customers by email, telephone and face-to-face
  • Providing advice to staff and mangers in relation to family friendly policies ie maternity, adoption.
  • Working with Managers to support staff absence management policies
  • Working with Managers to end fixed term contracts appropriately
  • To provide advice, guidance, and support to managers on terms and conditions including employment law, contract queries, absence management, and the application of HR policies in line with best practice and under the guidance of HoOP&C and SERA.

All duties are detailed in the jobpack.

Skills and qualifications required

You will have experience of working in a fast-paced environment with a high level of accuracy and meticulous attention to detail, whilst managing a range of tasks against multiple deadlines. You will also have effective communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with a wide and diverse range of people.

You need to demonstrate the ability to acquire knowledge and expertise rapidly to make informed judgements and to express opinions confidently


As a section, People & Culture is working towards the agenda set out in our People Supporting Strategy, which is aimed at supporting the University’s strategic goals. This is an exciting time to join the team as we look to implement our new and ambitious five-year strategy.

The People & Culture section consists of three sub-sections, Employee Relations and Reward, Organisational Development and Workplace Health and Wellbeing.

An opportunity has arisen for an HR Professional to join our busy People & Culture Department supporting managers and teams as we deliver the priorities of our People Supporting Strategy.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a friendly, fast-paced team engaged in a wide variety of operational activities.

We have two fixed-term opportunities to cover a period of maternity leave for permanent members of staff; 01 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 and 01 February 2022 to 31 July 2022. If you are a current University of Essex member of staff applying for the post as a secondment, you must discuss your application for this secondment with your line manager prior to making an application.

We are proud to have a number of Equality and Diversity staff networks including: Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Forum, Essex Women’s Network, Parent’s Network, Access Forum, Global Forum, LGBTQ+ and Allies Community

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please contact resourcing@essex.ac.uk

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