People Advisor Apprentice with Wincanton PLC

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Methuen Park, Chippenham, SN14 0WT
£442.50 per week
14 Sep 2020
23 Sep 2020
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
Reporting to the People Partner, you will provide operational HR and project support. The role has a strong generalist HR focus, but also provides the opportunity for someone to be actively involved in proactive talent management and development, organisation change and HR improvement activities, along with project work.

The central People function is both a site-based HR function and a Centre of Excellence to the wider People team and organisation. The Corporate People function also manages specialist areas such as Reward and Pensions, EDI, Occupational Health and strategic projects.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Takes responsibility for providing advice and generalist HR support across central functions
  • Develops effective on-going relationships at all levels across central functions establishing yourself as a credible, respected and valued advisor, responding to queries directly and influencing managers to follow a best practice approach
  • Own the delivery of key people processes such as absence, maternity, paternity, flexible working, probation etc.
  • Operate as HR lead in the performance management of individuals and other employee relations situations (e.g. performance improvement plans, capability problems, disciplinary scenarios, grievances)
  • Support the People Partner in the planning and implementation of organisation changes, HR projects and initiatives that support the Wincanton people strategy
  • Produce accurate weekly and monthly reports for the Corporate people team as required
  • Proactively spot/implement opportunities to improve team ways of working and supporting customers; identify problems and find solutions
  • Assist in training and developing managers in people related matters, ensuring processes are followed and legislation is met
  • Providing HR support for ad-hoc operational business-related projects e.g. new business wins, TUPE
  • Recruitment tracking, interview support and administration
  • Support the health and wellbeing committee (CHIPS) and social activities
  • Assist management with Occupational Health referrals and case management
  • Support cyclical activities i.e. salary review, bonus, performance, engagement, succession planning etc.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Proven HR experience
  • Skilled in providing pragmatic, tailored HR advice
  • Experience of supporting managers with employee relations issues
  • Experience of analysing data and providing management information
  • CIPD qualified or desire to work towards
  • Sound knowledge of UK employment law
  • Must have excellent organisational skills and initiative, with the ability to manage the day-to-day HR processes effectively with minimal input from the People Partner
  • Excellent IT skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint are a prerequisite
  • Must be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, in order to optimise operational performance

  • Some experience in designing and conducting training programmes would be an advantage
  • Previous experience within a Head office / corporate environment
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Previous experience with Oracle
  • Previous experience in areas of engagement and/or equality and diversity programmes

Personal qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to communicate at a senior level
  • Drive and enthusiasm

Desired qualifications

  • 5 GCSEs A*-C (9-4) including Maths and English or equivalents
  • Level 3 HR CIPD qualification

Future prospects

This is a great opportunity for someone that would like to develop and progress in a career in HR. With lots of support and development opportunities and a clear succession path.

Things to consider

Please ensure that you apply for the position as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The closing date is a rough guideline as to when an advert will close. The advert may close before the given closing date if the employer has filled the position(s).

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