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People Advisor - Employee Relations

Southern Housing Group
Farringdon, Croydon – Hybrid
Up to £42,000 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

The role
Southern Housing have the opportunity for an experienced People Advisor on a 12 month fixed term basis who has a strong background in managing complex employee relations cases to support the People Business Partnering team deliver a functioning support service to the wider organisation.

As a People Advisor, you will support on the delivery of efficient and effective HR support and advisory service to your designated business areas by providing first line contact on people related issues consistent with our internal process. You’ll also advise and support managers within your designated areas on low level and complex employee relations issues including capability, conduct, grievance, and absence. You will proactively manage sickness absence and colleague well-being in collaboration with managers and progress occupational health referrals and recommendations as required.

What you’ll be doing 

  • Advise and support managers within your designated areas of employee relations issues including capability, conduct, grievance and absence, advising on risk and supporting with formal investigations and hearings, escalating more complex queries to the People Business Partner.
  • Advise on the application and interpretation of people policies and procedures to ensure accuracy and best practice, working closely with the other People Advisors to ensure consistency across the organisation.
  • Proactively manage sickness absence and colleague wellbeing in collaboration with managers.  Progress occupational health referrals and recommendations.  
  • Work collaboratively with the wider people team to ensure all transactional and administrative processes are carried out effectively, efficiently and to agreed timescales, and that an excellent people services provided to the business 
  • Support the People Business Partners and Head of People Partnering with organisational change and TUPE processes.

The location
This is a hybrid working role with the expectations of at least two days per week in one our offices. Within this role you’ll be based at one of our main offices in Farringdon or Croydon with travel to our Hub offices in Kent, Midlands and Isle of Wight.

This role will require you to have a full driving licence with access to a vehicle as some of our offices are more accessible by road.  

We also ask that you are flexible to travel between locations when required for the role. This may include travelling to attend meetings outside of the normal working hours.

What you'll have

  • Knowledge of UK employment legislation and the ability to apply this.
  • Extensive experience of complex employee relation casework management
  • Experience of working with line managers on people matters.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and able to work well under pressure.
  • A strong background in handling ER cases -supporting disciplinaries, grievances and appeals.
  • CIPD Level 3, or 5 or qualified by experience.

Closing Date: Sunday 3rd December 2023

Benefits of working with us

  • A generous holiday package
  • Colleague referral scheme 
  • Workplace pension
  • Cash claim-back on medical treatments

Rest assured, that working with us will empower you to be you, with a real sense of purpose and pride in everything you do.

Should you be shortlisted for interview, you will receive a copy of the full job description to aid you in preparing for your interview.

About us
At Southern Housing, our residents are at the heart of everything we do. As one of the largest housing providers in the UK with over 77,000 homes across London, the Southeast, the Isle of Wight, and the Midlands, we give over 167,000 people somewhere affordable to call their own! We also understand the difference that safe, secure, and affordable homes can make to people’s lives.

A career at Southern Housing will allow you to make a difference every day you come to work. Working in the housing sector with us will bring fresh challenges and give you the opportunity to grow and develop, too.

Inclusion and Diversity 
We work hard to create a diverse and inclusive culture and environment where people are respected for who they are. Encouraging inclusion is not just about protected characteristics, it’s about celebrating differences of thought, opinion, experience and perspective of each individual. We’re all different in our own way and we want our colleagues to feel comfortable, that they belong, and are safe to be themselves at work, without

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