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HR Advisor

Kingston University
Kingston Upon Thames
Competitive salary up to £42,013 per annum dependant on experience.
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Specialist Area
Employee Relations
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Job Details

The Role

Reporting to the Head of HR Advice & Reward, this is a very interesting and rewarding role, where you will be part of a team of 4 HR Advisor’s who provide robust advice, guidance and assistance to managers and staff on HR policies, procedures and legislation across the HR lifecycle.

The aim is to develop strong employee engagement through good management practices.

You will be responsible for case work and co-ordinating employee relations issues, and given the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to the HR strategy.

Producing and reviewing HRMI data will enable you to monitor activity and trends across the portfolio of responsibility with the intention of prevention or early intervention and recommend solutions for people and cultural issues.

This is a great opportunity to work with our talented staff to help create an environment that delivers academic excellence combined with the best student experience possible.

The Person

You will be experienced across several elements of the HR lifecycle. Particular strengths and experience in advising on policies and procedures and managing employee relations case work such as: Disciplinary & Grievances, Sickness Absence and performance management is essential.

You will need a sound working knowledge of employment law with the professional credibility to advise and coach managers to achieve the best possible outcome for the university.

You will have a strong customer focus to provide a proactive and pragmatic professional advisory service to a variety of stakeholders.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of successfully managing varied and complex casework from informal stages and investigations through to hearing.

We expect outstanding communication and relationship-building skills, with the ability to develop a full understanding of each faculty or directorate that needs your support.

An ability to report and analyse HR data to inform decision making.


The HR Directorate provides the strategy and infrastructure to enable Kingston University to achieve its core purpose through its people.

The successful candidate will be joining an experienced and talented team of HR professionals who deliver HR operations, strategy and design for it’s 3k strong employee base.

Our professionals give high level support across the University along with responding to day to day queries from all areas and staff. In addition, they ensure our policies and procedures provide suitable frameworks to enable staff to operate successfully during their employment at Kingston University.

Together we aim to enable Kingston University to recruit, develop and motivate staff, so that we all contribute to the University’s success.


Further Information

This role is advertised as a full-time, permanent position with a competitive salary up to £42,013 per annum dependant on experience.

Please ensure you attach a CV and supporting statement to your application.

Interviews are expected to be held in person w/c 10th June 2024.

For informal enquiries please contact

Why Join Us

This role is based in our brand new modern Agile Working Hub at our Penrhyn Road campus. Our campus is buzzing with students and staff, and our award-winning Town House building means this is an inspiring and inviting place to work in the heart of Kingston Upon Thames. We operate an agile working pattern, working 3 days on campus and 2 days from home and this is flexible.

We offer a range of benefits including:

  • Career average pension scheme (LGSPS) upto 21% Employer contributions
  • 35 days annual leave per annum
  • Kingston University Qualification Course fee waiver scheme
  • Discount scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme


Kingston is a great place to work Across our four campuses at Kingston, we offer first class facilities within a bustling and vibrant town, with great shopping, restaurants, bars and leisure facilities, with the capital's amenities right on your doorstep. Our award-winning Town House building on our Penrhyn Road site features an academic library, archive, dance studios and a studio theatre, with a rooftop garden offering stunning views across Kingston and the River Thames.


We are a vibrant and thriving university community. Our diverse student population is a major draw for many of our staff, with a high proportion of students who are the first in their family to attend university. We have students from 140 countries, which gives us a rich cultural environment. We attract local people who want to work in Kingston, academics who are attracted to some of the best rated courses in the UK, and those who are passionate about making a difference to our students. We inspire, nurture and build the confidence of our students to be the best that they can be.


If you're passionate and committed to making a real difference to people's lives, and delivering the best possible experience to students and staff alike, we'd like to hear from you.


Staff benefits We offer a wide range of benefits including:  


an excellent pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, great development opportunities, free University bus transport around Kingston and the local area, excellent campus facilities. In addition to a wide range of academic roles, our professional staff work in a variety of jobs, including Marketing, HR, Finance, IT, Estates and student support services.


The University prides itself on working responsibly with the environment and fostering a culture of sustainable practices.


Join our team We welcome applications regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion or belief.


We embrace diversity and promote equality amongst our students and staff alike.


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