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HR Advisor

Reading, Berkshire
Starting salary: £35,904 (salary range for pay progression within role £35,904 - £41,289)
Closing date
6 Jun 2022
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Location: Reading, UK (Hybrid working – there will be a requirement for the appointed candidate to work from the office one day a week or two days a fortnight; during probation you would be expected to work from the office 2-3 days per week)

About the Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA)

Our vision is that students are always treated fairly. We work towards this by resolving complaints from students, sharing learning from complaints to help improve policies and practices, and working with other organisations in the higher education sector and beyond.

The OIA are working in partnership with BAME Recruitment to recruit for their new skilled HR Advisor who wants to be part of our friendly and committed HR team.

About the role

The HR Advisor partners and advises line managers and employees in various people matters. They will provide proactive and efficient HR generalist support as part of a small HR team to ensure that the OIA’s people function is operating in a timely and professional way.

In addition to the generalist HR responsibilities, the post holder will support on the three focus areas:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: This includes proactively supporting the OIA’s internal EDI workstreams, supporting strategy implementation and being an EDI champion to further develop our inclusive, value driven culture.
  • Learning and Development: This includes having particular responsibility for learning and development initiatives and programmes to help shape the OIA’s learning culture. This work will be done across teams to ensure our people have the skills and support to be their best at work.
  • Wellbeing: This includes coaching employees and line managers on wellbeing matters in the workplace, implementing further wellbeing aspects into our work, and being a champion for promoting and engaging staff on related initiatives so that our people can fulfil their full potential.

To read the full job description please click here: OIA - HR Advisor - Job Description.

About you

You will be someone who:

  • Shares our values of integrity and independence, quality, openness and accessibility, service ethos, engagement, and equality and diversity.
  • Has excellent communications skills both verbal and in writing, excellent numeracy skills, initiates problem solving and develops contingency plans.
  • Sees things from other people’s perspectives, recognising and accounting for the barriers they might face whilst representing the employer at all times.
  • Is a team player and values collaboration with others.
  • Is a self-starter, very organised and owns responsibility areas.
  • Has effective systems in place to help manage own workload.
  • Can prioritise effectively.
  • Adapts to change and takes initiative when needed.
  • Acts with integrity and treats others with kindness, courtesy, dignity, and respect.
  • Is resilient and able to overcome hurdles to achieve success.

We would love to hear from you if you have one or more of the following:

  • Proven skills and/or work experience as a wellbeing, L&D, EDI, or generalist HR practitioner in the professional sector.
  • Confidence in providing diplomatic advice and guidance on routine HR matters and the ability to deal effectively with staff at a range of levels.
  • Good EDI knowledge and a passion for inclusion.


  • 35-hour working week; part-time working considered upon request.
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 28 days (rising to 33 days) plus bank holidays.
  • Gym membership (on completion of probation).
  • Defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Hybrid working – working from the office minimum 2 – 3 days during probation; following successful probation minimum one day a week or two days a fortnight.

How to apply

If this role is of interest to you, please submit your CV and a supporting statement highlighting why you would be a great fit for this role.

Closing Date: Sunday 29th May 2022 at 23:59.

We value diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives, and have a supportive and inclusive organisational culture. We would like our organisation to be representative of our community and the people who use our service and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. In particular, we would welcome applicants from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented amongst our people. We will consider applications for full-time or part-time working and any other reasonable adjustments that you may need.

If you would like to discuss the role before applying, please feel welcome to email Denise Kawooya from BAME Recruitment at

Additional Information

We are expecting a high volume of interest and may need to close applications without notice.

Please apply as soon as you are able to.

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