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HR Assistant - Oxford Office

Are you currently working within a HR role and looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy a fast-paced working environment with a varied workload?

Shaw Gibbs is a Top 100 independent accountancy, financial services and insolvency practice with offices in Oxford and London Marylebone. We have a strong focus on innovation and technology to help our clients make informed decisions on how to grow their business. Our clients range from private clients to owner-managed businesses and large international subsidiaries. We also have specialist teams for international businesses and property based clients.

Shaw Gibbs takes pride in being an employer of choice, we put our people first and our staff enjoy long term careers with us. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development focused not just on technical knowledge but also on commercial and soft skills. Our culture is based on collaboration, respect, innovation and expertise.

We enjoy working together, collaborate openly and treat each other with fairness and respect. We have the highest standard in hiring and seek to attract, develop and retain experts, who are also committed to our core values. We believing in maintaining a workforce that is diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas, on the firm belief that creating better solutions requires innovation and a rich variety of perspectives.

Our HR team are responsible for leading and delivering the HR strategy and we also provide HR advice and guidance to a number of our clients.

To support our ambitious growth plans, we are expanding our HR team by recruiting an HR Assistant to join our Oxford team. This is an exciting time to be joining Shaw Gibbs in an HR role as we are about to implement a number of new HR initiatives and projects which you will be involved in. Your role will be varied, stimulating and hugely rewarding. We have around 100 staff based across our two offices.

This is a full time permanent position.

About the role

The HR Assistant will work closely with the HR Manager and HR Adviser to support all HR and Recruitment activities at Shaw Gibbs. You will provide a proactive, efficient and high quality HR service. Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • acting as a point of contact for employees and managers on HR and training related queries
  • assisting with all aspects of recruitment and onboarding
  • coordinating training and development activities
  • providing admin support across the whole employee lifecycle.

It can be a busy and demanding role and you will need to be highly organised, methodical and flexible in your approach. It is also essential that you have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

What we can offer you

  • An experienced manager who will work closely with you to support your development and longer term career as well as providing day to day guidance
  • Exposure and development on a wide range of HR & recruitment activities
  • Supportive and fun team environment
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, online retail discount scheme and flexible working
  • 22 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays) increasing with service plus the opportunity to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • Attractive & modern central Oxford office
  • A comprehensive induction to help you get up to speed
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year
  • Corporate fundraising events – in 2019 Shaw Gibbs are supporting the mental health charity Mind as voted by our employees. We have a group of employees currently training for the Oxford Half Marathon to raise money for Mind.

About You

  • At least 2 years HR experience in a similar fast-paced environment with some exposure to recruitment
  • CIPD qualification would be advantageous but not essential
  • Educated to A Level (or equivalent standard) or higher e.g. degree
  • Enthusiastic, approachable and professional
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-confident, tactful and discreet manner
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Strong team player with a positive, can-do attitude
  • Strong aptitude for IT - able to pick up new IT packages very quickly

Please do not apply if you cannot tick all of the above criteria.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you are suitable for the role to For more information on what it is like working at Shaw Gibbs, visit our career page:

Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 11th October

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