Senior HR Advisor

Oldham - Bower House
25 Jan 2019
25 Feb 2019
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

About Us:

We’re in one of the most exciting periods in the history of Guinness and have set ambitious, challenging objectives for the future. Our strategy is all about our vision for creating an amazing organisation. For the first time it defines Guinness as a customer service business with a real focus on making sure every customer has a great experience, every time they interact or transact with us.

To help us to achieve our vision we’re looking for an outstanding Senior HR Advisor to work at our Shared Service Centre in Oldham, Greater Manchester.  Reporting to the Employee Relations and Change Manager, the successful candidate will work closely with operational managers and colleagues to provide expert HR advice and support on a range of HR issues. The role will also involve supporting the ER and Change Manager with change activities, including TUPE transfers.

Key to success in this role will be your ability to build strong co-operative relationships with the HR leadership team and key stakeholders across the business. We are looking for a Senior HR Advisor with a desire to deliver innovative solutions and change to continuously improve the service, particularly through championing the use of leading HR practice.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide an effective, efficient and high performing HR advice and support service to managers and colleagues on a full range of HR issues. 
  • Develop and maintain effective and appropriate relationships with key stakeholders across Guinness, including Staff Forums and other elected representatives, to promote positive outcomes from change initiatives.
  • Seek legal advice when agreed and escalate to ensure relevant senior managers are aware of high risk cases.
  • Provide guidance to managers on reputational, legal and financial risks associated with employee disputes, TUPE transfers and any other complex employee situations.
  • Demonstrate professional credibility and expertise, ensuring business needs are clearly understood and supported and practical solutions are developed, in line with leading HR practice and HR policies and procedures.
  • Support and act as an appropriate lead on change initiatives and projects across Guinness, working in partnership with the Senior HR Managers and the HR Management Team, ensuring the process followed and information provided meet business requirements.
  • Act as an HR policy champion for the Advisory Service, overseeing application and providing feedback on suggested policy amendments in line with leading practice and customer feedback and requirements.
  • Support managers across the business in their learning and understanding of HR policies and procedures.
  • Ensure employees are listened to and treated fairly and with respect and dignity. Ensure Guinness provides the right support and information to colleagues to meet their needs.

Skills/Experience Required:


  • Sound Employment Law knowledge and experience, with a proven ability to provide practical advice, managing risk appropriately.
  • Experience of providing high quality HR advice and guidance to a range of stakeholders in complex HR situations.
  • Experience of change management and supporting change initiatives.
  • Ability to effectively challenge and influence other stakeholders.
  • Customer focused, with the ability to listen to and understand the viewpoints and needs of a range of stakeholders.
  • Good multi-tasking and organisational skills.
  • Good oral and written communications.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Demonstrates the Guinness Behaviours.
  • CIPD qualified to Level 7


  • Knowledge of mergers and acquisitions (TUPE).
  • Experience of multi-site and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Experience of working in the Housing Sector.

What’s on offer?

We offer an excellent benefits package that help make The Guinness Partnership a great place to work.  These include but aren't limited to:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Benefits Portal - Everyone Lifestyle Benefits
  • Eye test vouchers
  • Aspire - £100 allowance per employee each financial year
  • Professional qualification support
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Purchase additional leave
  • Salary Sacrifice - Deduction of various benefits from 'gross' salary, before tax and NI deducted
  • E-learning courses