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Senior HR Advisor - Multiple locations - Involves travel

Posted 14 March by DS Smith Business Services Featured Ended


DS Smith are looking for a Senior HR Advisor to join the UK Packaging HR team. Reporting to the HR Business Partner, the position will play an integral role in ensuring the delivery of the operational plan by driving the HR Agenda, supporting and providing guidance to Line Managers.

Covering approximately 11 UK sites, the Senior HR Advisor will be pro-active in driving best practice and ensuring compliance with all company procedures, policies and employment legislation.

The key responsibilities associated with the role will include the following
• Develop effective working relationships with senior leadership teams.
• Drive and deliver HR excellence using various tools including HR dashboard and Key Performance Indicators
• Develop and implement People Plans, and provide HR guidance and support to all sites.
• Support Line Managers with Disciplinary, grievances, absence management and performance management
• Provide guidance and support on key issues to both and engagement activities
• Assist HRBP to support all major employee change programmes, and ad hoc projects
• Provide guidance and support with employee welfare issues and management of occupational health service on required site
• Provide Support to other HR colleagues within the organisation as determined by the HR Business Partner
• Update and maintain employee information, and provide information for monthly reporting
• Manage requests for information, complete all HR documentation and liaise with SSC where necessary
• Ensure a smooth and compliant recruitment process, tracking all recruitment activity.
• Identify and implement training requirements, ensuring employee Performance Development reviews
• Completion of general HR documentation, liaising with the SSC where appropriate.
• Manage all employee relation issues within the legal framework and desired timescales.
• Manage internal and external HR relationships.
• Monitor compliance and recommend any corrective action, keeping abreast of changes in HR and employee legalisation.

• Upskill hiring managers in HR policies and processes (encouraging managers to self service)

What we would like our candidate to have


• HR professional with experience of working within a HR function in an operational environment;
• Flexible and willing to travel to different locations on a regular basis;
• Self-driven and motivated, with excellent time management skills for effective working;
• Experience of working in a remote HR Team;
• Up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of HR practice, concepts and themes;
• Experience in working in a multi-site organisation with various stakeholders;
• Experience of advising on HR issues and supporting the delivery of HR projects;
• Ability to build relationships with all levels and be able to challenge senior management team and MD/GM;
• Ability to lead by example and be resilient to challenging situations;
• Intermediate level in Microsoft packages specifically word, excel and PowerPoint;
• Excellent interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills;
• Ability to apply and interpret procedures and policies effectively;
• Ability to be confident resilient, have a professional attitude, be a team player and highly organised.
• Experience of working in a unionised environment.

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject or equivalent experience;
• Employment law qualification.

About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading supplier of recycled packaging, both within the UK market and throughout Europe. A FTSE 100 listed business with a turnover in excess of £4 billion, the organisation employs over 27,000 people worldwide & is continuing to grow both organically & through acquisition.

•25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays
•Competitive Pension and Life Insurance Package
•Annual cycle to work scheme

Reference: 34680744

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