Senior HR Advisor

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Date: Sep 14, 2022

Location: London / SE, London, GB

Company: Bureau Veritas

An award-winning employer, our people are trusted and responsible, believing in what they do with a clear commitment to contribute to transforming the world we live in and shaping a world of trust. Bureau Veritas operates in a wide range of sectors, delivering Testing, Inspection and Certification services to some of the world’s biggest household names. With more than 400,000 global clients and a reputation for quality, we are at the forefront of service and innovation.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we have worked hard to create a supportive and engaging working environment, which is open and inclusive and individuals are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and really leave their mark.



Role: Senior HR Advisor

Location: London / South east


Passionate about all things HR?


We’re looking for a passionate and energetic HR Advisor with the skills, experience and personal attributes needed to make a difference in a global leading business.

Working closely with the HR Business Partner and aligned to specific business areas, you will provide pragmatic, comprehensive and customer focused HR advice and support to line managers and employees. HR solutions could include employee relations support, business change, health and wellbeing; ensuring implementation of legislation, policy and best practice at all times. You will be pivotal in helping us drive consistency in our people and talent plans across the UK team.


You will be joining a collaborative, growing team. All backed by a competitive salary, excellent benefits package and structured development programme from an award-winning employer.


Responsibilities will include:


•        Acting as the first point of contact for Line Managers, provide advice on issues related to Employee relations matters.

•        Lead on our new employee inductions- lead on virtual or physical induction activities alongside another HR Advisor.

•        Working closely with the HRBP to support the performance management process within the customer group, challenging underperformance and offering support and coaching to line managers.

•        Responsible for policies, procedures and supporting employee topics. This may include responding to ACAS engagements.

•        Supporting and diagnosing capability issues within the management population, being involved in welfare conversations, providing Performance Improvement Plan support.

•        Additionally, involved with acting as compliance managers, providing data, supporting completion of cyclical activities, providing solutions-based support.

•        Advising Service Delivery in management of queries from the Shared Service Delivery team.

•        Ensuring that Success Factors HR Information System data is updated and maintained accurately

•        Actively promote the use of People Docs (our new Employee Portal for HR) and consider new ways we can digitalise people processes

•        Leading management of casework- engagement with Occupational Health teams when needed

•        Ensuring the execution of criminal record checks and associated vetting processes in a timely and effective manner

•        Administer probation period reviews and ensure any extensions are managed timely

•        Assist in the maintenance and development of HR policies and procedures

•        Keeping up to date information regarding developments in HR practices, employment legislation, and sharing relevant knowledge within team.


Candidate requirements include:


•        Proven experience in a HR environment, providing generalist HR support, ideally gained within a large, multi-discipline business

•        Experience of coaching and facilitating line managers to develop capability and challenge performance issues

•        To work with managers, using analytical skills and data to develop strategies and help support decisions

•        Experience working as pat of a wider HR team which includes a Shared Services/ Administration function

•        Previous experience using a HRIS and analysis and interpretation of data is desirable

•        Demonstrable experience of applying company policies and procedures

•        Evidence of robust understanding of HR best practice in the areas of performance management

•        Up to date knowledge of employment law

•        The ability to research, analyse and reason logically and effectively within tight and conflicting timeframes

•        To assist with implementation and continuous improvement of HR policies and processes


Personal attributes include:


•        An enthusiastic, can-do attitude, someone who looks for solutions

•        Ability to build and maintain effective relationships right across the business – with people at all levels

•        Commercial awareness

•        Attention to detail – comfortable in dealing with data to help support ideas and decisions

•        Strong verbal communication skills to communicate with a diverse client group across multiple sites

•        Able to support but also challenge managers in all people topics

•        Excellent written communication skills to produce succinct correspondence and reports

•        Tries to think from the employee perspective, having empathy for individuals whilst balancing business requirements




Only Bureau Veritas can offer:

•        A long list of awards recognition including Top Employer nine years in a row and continued success in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards

•        Comprehensive financial package including competitive salary and allowances, defined contribution pension, 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays, various insurances including Private Health Insurance and other flexible benefits to suit individual requirements



Please be aware that all roles within Bureau Veritas UK&I may require a DBS, Credit or Security Clearance Check.


Bureau Veritas is an equal opportunity employer.  No job applicant or employee shall receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, colour, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability or age.


Bureau Veritas operates a strict Code of Ethics that ensures the proper conduct of our day-to-day business.