Grant Thornton UK LLP

Adviser - People Advisory (Advisory), Open to flexible working (flexible on location)

Northampton, London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Milton Keynes
08 Oct 2020
08 Nov 2020
Contract Type

Milton Keynes (Victoria House), Birmingham (The Colmore Building), Cambridge (Cambridge Science Park), London (30 Finsbury Square), Northampton (Pavilion Drive)

People Advisory is an internal consultancy team which delivers on our people strategy, employee value proposition (EVP), people initiatives and the annual people experience cycle, in collaboration with our Business Partnering team and Centres of Excellence (CoEs), ensuring excellent programme management and sustainable change. It is a flexible team which moves to where the work is required and where it will make the biggest impact for our people.

To deliver an exceptional, distinctive and consistent people experience, creating an environment which enables our people to thrive and to do their best work, take shared responsibility and deliver exceptional client service.
To deliver a people experience which is aligned to the people strategy and the firm’s strategic goals, working closely with a People Advisory Manager or an individual in a CoE.

This role has responsibility for the delivery of people strategy initiatives across CoEs and People Business Partners, whether it be a new performance review approach or supporting the People Business Partners with implementing their people strategy.

This role delivers the end-to-end process within a programme or project, ensuring there are continuous liaisons with the People Advisory Senior Advisers, Managers and Head to report on progress, measuring success and ensuring the business sponsor is continuously up to date.

This role uses people data and analytics to make robust decisions and understands the impact of this on the business both commercially and reputationally.  The flexible pool can be moved around dependent on peak times of activity, such as talent cycles and change programmes.

Job Description:

Let’s talk about the job

If you enjoy working on a wide-reaching range of projects that will help businesses and communities flourish, you’ll fit right in. Here are some things you can expect from this People Advisor role.

Making quality second nature.  This means doing what’s right even when no one’s looking. The work that you will do has a major impact on our clients and our firm. We pride ourselves on the high-level standards we have for the work that we do. 

Own your own work.  You will work closely with key stakeholders, advising, coaching and up-skilling people managers. You will assist with the Partner and Directors interview process and manage fixed terms worker contacts  

Be a part of a team. As a People Adviser you will work closely with key stakeholders to define business processes and gather functional and technical systems requirements.

Take responsibility. You will be responsible for undertaking exit interviews, assisting with orientation activities, sickness and absence management, capability management, conducting investigations and disciplinaries. You will deal with conflict resolution and flexible working negotiations, whilst assisting on national redundancy programmes and large acquisitions and disposals

Build your brand.  Given the importance of this role, there will be exciting opportunities for the right person to expand their knowledge and develop their skillset.

The minimum criteria

  • You will have 2 years’ experience within a generalist HR function

Skills to set you apart

Here are a few more skills we are looking for. Don’t worry if you don’t tick every box. It’s important for us to support you in your role and help you to develop along the way.

  • You will have strong written and verbal skills
  • You will have experience in dealing with sickness and absence management and disciplinaries

Do you care about the same things we do?

We have six values we work by. When we meet, we’ll want you to show us how they’re important to you, too.

Collaboration: We work together, share ideas and always make time to help each other out.

Leadership: Everyone has the chance to lead their own projects.

Excellence: Quality is central to our purpose. We love what we do, and it shows. We sweat the details. We see things through, no matter how tricky.

Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, we stay flexible – changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.

Respect: A given, of course: we value each other and our clients. We listen, we understand, we care.

Responsibility: The decisions we make and advice we give affects people’s lives and livelihoods. We take that seriously and always do well by doing what’s right.

Share ideas and profits

Unlike most firms, we’re also a shared enterprise. So when the firm does well, everyone does well by taking home a share of the profits. Of course, to get those profits, we need to share ideas and share responsibility for our work, too.

Bring your whole self

Now you’ve seen our values, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’re creating a respectful, open, diverse place to work. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues, is not just the right thing to do, it helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

“We are committed to making sure that the opportunities within our firm are equally accessible for everyone – regardless of background or gender.” Dave Dunckley, CEO

There’s more to life than work

Families, children, sports, night classes…the things you do and the people you’re with outside work matter. They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you’d like to work flexibly, let us know. We’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

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