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HR Officer
  • Employer: Sevenoaks District Council
  • Reference: SDC/20/117758
  • Published: Fri 03/01/2020, 9:41 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 20/01/2020, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Job-Share
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £23,071 - £25,408
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Council Offices, Argyle Road, Kent

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HR Officer

We are an award winning Council having achieved the Guardian Public Service Awards 2016, and recently being one of the few organisations in the country to be awarded and retain Investors in People Platinum status. Now is an exciting time to join the organisation as we embark on progressing to the next level of our ambitious adventures, helping shape the workforce development plan for the next five years.

As part of our commitment towards our ambitions, we have recently restructured our senior management team, and subsequently the HR team. So, it’s an exciting time for us as a Council right now, and it’s a great time to be joining us.

The People

Over the last year there been a significant number of changes; we appointed a new HR Manager in April 2019 and through this new structure we have created a number of posts.

Our team have a growth mind-set, and a strong team focused work ethic - we work together and take great pride in what we do. Never afraid to think differently, and to develop new and bold ways to provide our services, we also provide healthy challenge and encourage each other to achieve the best outcomes. So if these are all qualities that you see in yourself, then we want you!

The Role

We are recruiting for two HR Officers one being a permanent role and the other a fixed term contract for 12 months.

This is a hands on role where you will be expected to provide operational support in relation to all elements of the employee life cycle. This will include

  • Preparing adverts for vacancies, attending interviews, on boarding new starters and processing leavers and conducting exit interviews.
  • Taking action in relation adhoc contractual changes for staff in relation to flexible working requests, maternity, paternity, shared parental leave and advising payroll at the earliest opportunity. Experience of using iTrent would be useful but is not essential as full training will be provided.
  • Arrange and conduct induction meetings with new starters.

You will be mentored and coached by an experienced HR Business Partner, and be expected to provide first level advice to line managers on a range of absence, probation, disciplinary, grievance and flexible working cases.

We are looking for people who are comfortable working in an environment with a variety of departments and key stakeholders, have a can-do attitude, a passion for the profession, and strong team focused work ethic. By joining the team you will actively seek to add value, and in return, you will be given every opportunity to develop and progress your career.

Interested… what’s next?

If you are ready for a new challenge, and after reading the above would like to be part of the team in the HR Officer role, then we would welcome your application. Please be specific in your application in which role you wish to apply for:

  • HR Officer permanent role
  • HR Officer fixed term contract for 12 months.
  • If you would like to be considered for both roles


Feel free to contact us to have a chat about the role, and find out more about who we are and the work we’ve been doing over the last year. E-mail: Graeme Taylor (HR Manager)

Where: You will be based at our main offices at Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN131HG, a short ten minute walk from Sevenoaks train station, alternatively you could drive and park in our free staff car park. You will be expected to travel between Argyle Road and our other sites such as our Depot in Dunbrik and neighbouring authorities such as Dartford Council offices on occasion.

When: We’ll be holding interviews on Monday 27 January 2020 and looking for someone to start soon after.

Please ensure that you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your supporting statement application should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria.