Job description: HR manager
Published: 29 Apr 2016
HR managers provide a comprehensive HR service which ensures that managers and employees are equipped with best practice to foster a high performance culture.
The HR manager can expect their role to be hands-on and will be required to assist with the management of the overall HR operations and the delivery of strategic objectives.
- Manage complex employee relations casework including dispute resolutions, disciplinaries, grievances, absence, retirement and redundancy.
- Apply HR and business knowledge evidencing appropriate decision making skills.
- Advise managers on the terms and conditions of employment and knowledge share best practice with them.
- Develop HR policy and procedures to drive performance and mitigate disputes.
- Implement learning and development policy.
- Provide first line advice on current and existing benefits for employees and managers.
- Administer payroll and payroll records and keep accounts appraised of any changes.
- Work with appropriate parties on reward strategy.
- Provide advice on recruitment and selection strategies.
- Support the recruitment process – this may include writing job descriptions and preparing interview questions and application forms etc.
- Carry out new starter inductions.
- Manage talent and succession planning.
- Drive alignment between HR strategy and business goals.
- Continuously monitor and review HR policies and processes and implement changes where necessary.
- Participate in the implementation of specific projects, procedures and guidelines to help align the workforce with the strategic goals of the organisation.
- Support change management processes.
Being educated to degree level is desirable. A CIPD qualification is also expected. Graduates with a level 7 qualification will be in highest demand. An MBA in human resource management is an alternative. Some employers will also welcome a BTEC HNC/HND in human resource management.
- Proven HR generalist experience of three to five years is expected.
- Exceptional organisational and communication skills is required together with proven leadership capabilities and solid knowledge of employment legislation and its application.
- HR managers should be proactive team players with strong customer service and problem solving skills.
- Experienced in developing and supporting line managers through change.
- An ability to maintain confidentiality and act with discretion and diplomacy is crucial.
- Self-motivated and able to work under own autonomy or as part of a team.
£24,400 - £49,982 per annum.
The average pay for a human resources manager is around £34,000 per year. Salaries vary according to sector and company and can rise up to as much as £60,000 per year.
Typical working hours: 9.00am – 5.30pm.
Your next steps may include:
- HR Director
- Head of HR
Transferring skills to an alternative career such as communication or marketing is a further option. Those who wish to become self-employed may consider becoming an HR consultant.
An HR manager’s perspective
"As HR manager for Land Rover BAR I have had to draw on my many years of experience within the field of human resources. Every day is different and every day presents new challenges and I thrive on this variety and pressure. My work involves all the HR functions and as the sole HR person in the team, I am responsible for running recruitment campaigns, sorting out legal queries, running induction sessions, drafting contracts of employment and answering many queries ranging from how to set up a UK bank account to how to enroll someone on an apprenticeship course.
“Whether I am dealing with members of staff, contractors, work experience students, apprentices or graduate interns, it is a privilege to be part of a professional sports team who all share a common goal – a desire to win the most prestigious of sailing trophies in the world."
Joanna Despard HR Manager, Land Rover BAR