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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, respectfulinnovative 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.

We have ambitious plans to expand our business. At present, we have five offices – the largest being in Oxford, with others in Surrey (Farnham and near Woking), London and Basingstoke. To support the organisation’s growth, we have created a new opportunity for an HR Advisor to join our Oxford HR team. This is a permanent full time role with hybrid working and flexible working options (flexing your hours on different days to suit your lifestyle). We have HR Advisors in each of our main regional hubs.

Reporting to the HR Manager and working closely with our HR Administrator, your role will be to provide a proactive, efficient and high quality HR service.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide advice to employees, managers and partners on a wide range of people topics e.g. performance, development, wellbeing, engagement, pay and benefits, sickness absence and policies
  • Lead on employee relations cases / support the HR Manager
  • Coaching and mentoring line managers so are confidently managing their people
  • Project manage the annual renewal and ongoing management of our benefits
  • Play a key role in implementing HR projects including employee engagement, new benefits, wellbeing/mental health, diversity & inclusion and organisational change
  • Provide assistance with TUPE/acquisition related projects
  • Support our HR Administrator - be a point of escalation on HR queries and help them to develop and grow
  • Ensure the relevant HR systems and files are up to date, accurate and compliant
  • Become an expert in PeopleHR (our cloud based HR software system) and run training for employees and managers
  • Prepare monthly payroll change reports and KPI reports
  • Lead the HR inductions for all new starters
  • Champion our performance management process
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of our employee proposition, HR policies and processes in line with legislative changes and best practice
  • Produce HR metrics reports
  • Create monthly payroll change reports
  • Assist with recruitment, providing overflow assistance to the Internal Recruiter, if required

What we can offer you

  • Hybrid and flexible working – option of working from home one day/week
  • Exposure to a broad range of HR projects
  • A varied role in a talented and experienced team
  • 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
  • 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 and training to help you get up to speed

What you will need to succeed

    • At least 3-4 years experience of a similar HR Adviser role in a fast paced corporate environment
    • Strong experience of leading ER cases
    • Level 5 CIPD qualified
    • Educated to A Level (or equivalent) or higher e.g. degree
    • Self starter with a with a high level of resilience and attention to detail
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Super organised, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
    • 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 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 TUPE

How to Apply

Please send your CV to

For more information on what it is like working at Shaw Gibbs, visit our career page:

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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