HR Advisor

Kingston University


Human Resources Directorate


HR Advice & Reward

The Role

The successful candidate will be part of the HR Advice team who provide advice, guidance and assistance on HR policies, procedures, and legislation across the HR lifecycle. The aim of the team is to develop strong employee engagement through good management practices.

HR Advisors need to have a strong understanding of the business areas they support to ensure they can provide robust advice to managers on the options available and articulate the risks and benefits for these different options. The post-holder will be responsible for case work and co-ordinating employee relations issues, as well as supporting some recruitment activities.

Through data analytics the post-holder will monitor activity and trends across the portfolio of responsibility with the intention of prevention or early intervention and recommend solutions for people and cultural issues.

This is a great opportunity to work with our talented staff to help create an environment that enables them to deliver our Town House Strategy .

The Person

You will have existing experience across the HR lifecycle, with a particular strength and experience in advising on policies and procedures, and managing employee relations case work such as disciplinaries, grievances, sickness absence and performance management. You will be able to demonstrate experience of successfully managing casework from informal stages and investigations through to hearing.

You will need a sound working knowledge of employment law with the professional credibility to advise and coach managers with a strong customer service focus to provide a proactive and pragmatic professional advisory service to a variety of stakeholders.

We expect outstanding communication and relationship-building skills, with the ability to develop a full understanding of the academic faculties and corporate directorates that you will support.

Experience working within Higher Education, or similar sectors such as local government, NHS, charity or public sector is preferred, but it is not essential.

The Faculty

The HR Directorate provides the strategy and infrastructure to enable Kingston University to achieve its core purpose.

The successful candidate will be joining an experienced and talented team of HR professionals who deliver HR operations, strategy and design for its 3k strong employee base.

The HR team works in partnership with academics and professional services staff to achieve the overall plans for the University.

Our professionals give high level support across the University along with responding to day-to-day queries from all areas and staff. In addition, they ensure our policies and procedures provide suitable frameworks to enable staff to operate successfully during their employment at Kingston University.

Together we aim to enable Kingston University to recruit, develop and motivate staff, so that we all contribute to the University’s success.

Further information

This is a full-time, permanent position with a salary band of £36,904 – £41,064 per annum (increasing to £37,646 – £42,013 per annum on 1 August 2023 following the national Higher Education pay award).

This role attracts 25 days annual leave (rising by 1 day each year up to 30 days), in addition to bank holidays and auto-enrolment into the generous Local Government Pension Scheme  which benefits from 20% employer contribution rates.

The Human Resources team is based at our Penrhyn Road campus but are required to visit other campuses based on business needs and operate an agile working pattern, with typically 60% of time spent in the office and 40% at home.

We will review applications as they are received and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please include a copy of your CV in your application detailing how your skills and experience will enable you to be successful in this role.

For informal enquiries please contact Hannah Manderson , Senior HR Adviser.

Bring your true self, expertise, and passion to Kingston where we are continuing to strive to build a university where authentic inclusion and belonging is at its heart. Every one of our staff and students’ identities, backgrounds and diverse experiences makes us who we are – so harness and embrace yours by applying today. We welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ communities and those with disabilities.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 

To apply click on ‘Apply Now’. If, for accessibility reasons, you need to apply in an alternative format, please email [email protected]  or call the HR Shared Services team on 020 8417 3118.

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