Principal HR Advisor – HR Professional Services

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Principal HR Advisor - HR Professional Services
Contract / Temporary

Greenwich RQ1115867

Posted: 10th November 2023 12:16
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  • Pay Rate:

    £17.27 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday to Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 5 months

  • WOOLWICH, London,

    SE18 6HQ

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Temporary Principal HR Advisor - HR Professional Services

Reference no:  Greenwich RQ1115867

Pay rate: £17.27 per hour PAYE

Hours per week: 35 Monday to Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 5 months

City: WOOLWICH, London

A Principal HR Advisor is required to undertake a senior advisory role and may be required to deputise for the HR Manager. Credibility and confidence together with a detailed understanding of a complex public sector organisation is required for this role, to work closely with, and coach, managers to meet their current and future people needs. Key responsibilities will primarily focus on case management and the management of change at all levels, working in partnership with managers in order to support them in achieving their people management outcomes. To provide thorough and technically comprehensive advice to internal and external customers on a range of human resource and workforce development issues including but not limited to: employee relations, disciplinary and grievance, employment policies and procedure organisational design, resourcing and succession planning.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support Directors and senior managers across a varied workload and quickly build positive and effective relationships to deliver the best outcomes across the employee life-cycle including resourcing, performance management, dismissal appeals, complex employee relations cases.
  • Provide high quality, focussed advice and guidance to managers in relation to organisational change and the application of the council’s formal employment procedures.
  • Lead a team of HR officers providing HR advisory services and embed agile working across the HR Professional Services Team by responding to the needs of Directorates as required, acting as an expert point of reference for the team.
  • Develop excellent communication channels to work in partnership with all partners and senior stakeholders. Identify the need for and design bespoke interventions to build capacity and capability of services and the organisation, evaluating interventions to ensure they meet agreed targets.
  • Build knowledge and capacity across the HRPS, H&S and WFD service and with customers. Adopt best practice approaches to project management and use management information and data effectively to ensure added value is identified and delivered.
  • Supervise, mentor and coach junior members of the HRPS Team to build knowledge and capacity, ensuring a consistent standard of service delivery and strengthen talent management and succession planning within HR.
  • Manage a range of processes and performance indicators to ensure that all HR casework is managed in a timely manner and takes full account of relevant employment legislation and organisational precedent.
  • Undertake pre-employment checks in a timely manner.
  • Work with the managers on organisational change e.g. organisation design, job design, structural and cultural aspects of change, recruitment implications, learning & development implications and ER aspects of change.
  • Deputise for the Deputy HR Team Manager/ Strategic HR Manager as necessary.


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Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:


  • Fully CIPD qualified.



  • Strong change management experience supporting organisational restructures is essential and TUPE transfers.
  • 2 years’ experience of providing HR Advice to a range of managers.
  • A detailed understanding and experience of a complex public sector organisation.
  • Experience of management all aspects of Human Resources within Local Government desirable.
  • Employee Relations experience/knowledge.
  • Experience of working with management, employees and trades unions to achieve staffing related service delivery improvements and evidence of successful management of professional teams bringing about improvements in services through change management and influencing the behaviours and actions of others.



  • Credibility and confidence together with a detailed understanding of a complex public sector organisation to work closely with, and coach, managers to meet their current and future people needs.
  • Up to date knowledge of employment legislation, its legal implications and HR best practice.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the Employment Tribunal Service and associated services (ACAS) desirable.


Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • A solutions-focused approach, supported by well-developed analytical planning, excellent practice knowledge and strong organisational skills.
  • Customer focused with high standards of achievements.
  • Organisational ability to manage the caseload in line with service policy and protocols.
  • Resilience and the ability to work effectively with people at all levels within an organisation with the ability to engage and motivate individuals and teams in meeting performance objectives.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, effective management of staff and resources.
  • Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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Job Ref: Greenwich RQ1115867
Principal HR Advisor - HR Professional Services
Client Category: Local Authority

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