Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.
The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.
Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated HR professional with generalist operational experience to join our friendly and supportive HR team.
Responsible to the HR Manager you will be working to support with the delivery of an efficient HR service and strive to ensure a high quality of service is delivered.
The role will involve operating at a senior level providing expert advice and support on a wide variety of employee relations activities, including issues affecting individual members of staff, some of which may be complex.
The Senior HR Advisor will have responsibility for undertaking formal consultations in line with the organisational change process, or similar situations affecting employee terms and conditions, ensuring that all legal requirements are met, and all formal paperwork is completed accordingly.
The right candidate will be confident, proactive and resilient, with the ability to work under pressure whilst managing multiple deadlines. A strong knowledge of employment law legislation and its practical implications is essential.
A copy of the full job description is attached.
CIPD qualified at level 7, or equivalent experience of working in a senior advisory role.
Demonstratable experience of advising and supporting managers in complex HR cases including hearings and appeals and understanding the procedures involved.
Demonstratable experience of working with senior managers to support restructures and a comprehensive understanding of the legal implications.
Excellent Interpersonal and Communication skills.
Ability to manage conflict.
Excellent negotiation and influencing skills.
In return we offer you:
A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.
In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.
Employee Assistance Programme
The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help, whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.
A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.
An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.
If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please contact Laura Lowrey, HR Manager on 01474 337720.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.