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HR Advisor – Oxford

Shaw Gibbs is a Top 100 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. Shaw Gibbs invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectation.

Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of expert,  respectful, innovative and collaborative.  We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression.  Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills.  We put our people first and are constantly looking for ways to improve our people experience. 

With respectful as one of our values, we are committing to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences. 

To support our planned growth, we have a new opportunity for an experienced HR Advisor to join our Oxford team. 

All of the HR team at present is based in our Oxford office.  As the company grows, we anticipate there will be generalist HR Advisors in each regional hub. Our HR Advisor vacancy is a permanent full time role with hybrid working and flexible working options (flexing your hours on different days to suit your lifestyle).   

Reporting to the Head of HR, your role will be to provide a proactive, efficient and high quality HR service.   

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as a main point of contact for employees and managers on a wide range of HR and training related queries
  • Provide advice and support on employee relations matters (including absence, policies and performance) in line with company policy and best practice
  • Lead/support the Head of HR on employee relations cases
  • Manage the onboarding process for new employees
  • Coordinate training and development activities
  • Provide admin support across the whole employee lifecycle
  • Become our expert on PeopleHR, our online employee portal
  • Play a key role in implementing HR projects such as wellbeing, diversity & inclusion
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our employee proposition, HR policies and processes in line with legislative changes and best practice
  • Produce reports on HR metrics
  • Create monthly payroll change reports
  • Assist with recruitment, providing overflow assistance to the Internal Recruiter, if required

Types of projects you will be working on upon starting will include:

  • Smooth onboarding of all future acquisition employees
  • Cultural integration of acquisitions ensuring that our values continue to underpin our culture as we expand

What we can offer you

  • Exposure to a broad range of HR projects
  • Joining a company with an exciting growth plan ahead
  • Plenty of opportunities to increase your HR technical knowledge and skills
  • Tailored career progression plan
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, health cash plan, retail discount scheme, electric vehicles salary sacrifice, cycle to work, hybrid and flexible working. 
  • Generous core holiday allowance plus holiday trading, flexible bank holidays and additional holiday with service
  • Wellbeing programme with regular events and activities focused on your physical and mental wellbeing.  We also offer all employees a Wellbeing Day each year – a day dedicated to boosting your wellbeing.   
  • Comprehensive induction to help you get up to speed

What you will need to succeed

  • At least 3-4 years experience of a similar HR Advisor role in a fast paced corporate environment
  • Level 3 CIPD qualified
  • Educated to A Level (or equivalent) or higher e.g. degree
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Super organised, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Self starter with a with a high level of resilience and attention to detail
  • Strong aptitude for IT - able to pick up new tech quickly
  • Can do attitude, positive and commercial approach
  • Confident, tactful and discreet manner
  • Strong team spirit but also very effective working independently
  • Any of the following would be a great advantage: an interest in wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid trained (MHFA England) and/or experience of TUPEs

How to Apply

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Additional Information

We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and we look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to Shaw Gibbs’ goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

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