HR Manager

Department: Central

Main Location: Braintree

Reports to: Finance Director

Direct Reports: None

The Main Purpose of the Job:

Experienced Generalist HR Manager to support HR development and administration across an organisation of circa 120 colleagues. Essential - the role requires someone with hands on knowledge of UK employment law to support operational managers with a broad range of employee relations issues. Desirable – previous Payroll experience.

Duties Include:

• Coach and develop managers on all areas of HR policy, procedure and practice.
• Work with managers to recognise development opportunities for their teams, and to arrange appropriate learning and development actions plans.
• To provide advice to managers on employee relations issues such as disciplinary, grievance and capability, ensuring advice is consistent and based on current policy, procedures and legislation.
• Expert in finding talent to bring to the organisation mainly through direct sourcing
• To manage the recruitment and onboarding process by preparing documentation, organising and supporting interviews.
• To effectively prioritise and manage a high volume of various types of HR queries.
• To provide advice and support in the effective management of both long term and short term frequent intermittent absence.
• Own the relationship with key benefit providers – pension, life assurance, healthcare including the annual tender process
• Systems expert for the HR portal (Citrus) which manages the employee lifecycle
• Oversee the payroll process (starters/leavers/changes) liaising with an external Third Party Payroll provider.
• With the support of the Office Assistant, organises training & medicals for office colleagues
• Owns the calendar of probation and annual review process
• Develop plans to improve employee engagement.
• Lead key HR projects.
• Other duties appropriate to the level of this role.


• CIPD qualified level 5 or level 7
• Knowledge of UK employment law
• Experience of change management, and managing employee relations cases
• Proven employee relationship experience within a HR advisory/management role
• Knowledge of Office and Manufacturing based colleagues across multi sites
• Highly organised and able to prioritise as this is a busy standalone role
• Used to working at strategic Board level as well being prepared to be hands on and tactical
• IT literate including communicating through Teams, Powerpoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and experience of end-to-end HR and Recruitment portals

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