Job Category: HR
Job Type: Office Based
Job Location: Oxford
Job Salary: £35k-£42k

Our client, a prestigious educational establishment in Oxford is seeking a HR Advisor to work together and provide support to the Head of HR, to successfully deliver the day-to-day HR operation function for the business. 

The role will work closely with the academic office and will be responsible for managing the academic recruitment process, ensuring compliance with employment legislation is followed.  This will require a high level of attention to detail and efficient practices, to support this area effectively.

The HR Advisor will also support the Head of HR, to shape the employee lifecycle to further enhance HR best practice and workplace culture.

The role will involve collaboration with all departments across the establishment, and as such, the HR Advisor is expected to develop good working relationships both internally and externally from potential employees to academic Fellows of the establishment.

Key responsibilities

This is a generalist HR role and responsibilities may vary from time to time, as the needs of the business determines. The main duties of the role will include, but will not be restricted to:

  • Delivery of the day-to-day operational HR function, including:
    • Absence management
    • Employee relations
    • Line Manager support
    • Employee advice
    • Performance management
    • Interpretation of HR policies
  • Take ownership of the entire recruitment process and administration for all academic and non-academic posts, from placing advertisements to appointments, complying with legislation and policies. 
  • Provide straightforward advice and support to line managers on all HR related matters, redirecting more complex queries to the Head of HR.
  • Support the Head of HR to shape the employee lifecycle, with HR effective policies and processes, to further enhance HR best practice and workplace culture.
  • Stay up to date with current employment legislation and immigration regulations and ensure correct processes are adhered to.
  • Support the Head of HR in convening relevant documents and reports for the termly Equality Committee.
  • Attend and take notes at HR meetings and Committee meetings, as appropriate.
  • Attend relevant HR and legislation updates and training sessions.
  • Maintain accurate employee records (electronic and via HR software).
  • Any other duties deemed necessary.

The Candidate

The ideal HR Advisor will have the following attributes:


  • CIPD Level 5 qualification (or working towards) or equivalent experience

Experience and knowledge:

  • Demonstrable experience in a generalist HR role
  • Experience of managing recruitment and its processes
  • Experience of working with HR systems
  • Experience of providing advice and support to line managers and employees
  • Good knowledge of current employment legislation and compliance
  • High level of working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, etc


  • Excellent organisational skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good level of numeracy
  • Adaptable and able to solve problems
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships at all levels both internally and externally.
  • Able to work under pressure and prioritise effectively 
  • Demonstrates strong integrity, sensitivity and commitment

This role is based in the city centre therefore the use of public transport is recommended.

In return, our client offers a competitive salary and an enhanced benefits package.


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