HR Advisor - OIA

The HR Advisor partners and advises line managers and employees in people matters. They will provide proactive HR generalist support to ensure that the people function operates in a professional way.
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Salary: £35,200 - £40,479

Location: Reading, UK ( Hybrid working, mainly remote)

About the Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA)

Our vision is that students are always treated fairly. We work towards this by resolving complaints from students, sharing learning from complaints to help improve policies and practices, and working with other organisations in the higher education sector and beyond.

The coronavirus (Covid-19) situation continues to have a serious impact across the country and in all sectors. The challenges facing higher education providers, current and future students, and student representative bodies are profound and the impact is likely to be long-lasting.


A position has become available in our HR team and we are looking for a skilled professional who wants to be part of our HR team that makes a difference.


About the role

The HR Advisor partners and advises line managers and employees in various people matters. They will provide proactive and efficient HR generalist support as part of a small HR team to ensure that the OIA’s people function is operating in a timely and professional way.

In addition to the generalist HR responsibilities, the post holder will support on the three focus areas:

  1. Talent Acquisition: This includes advising on and managing successful recruitment campaigns to attract candidates with diverse skillsets, retain them throughout the recruitment process and preparing appointment documentation and complex induction programs for successful on-boarding. 
  2. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: This includes proactively supporting the OIA’s EDI workstreams and being an EDI champion to further develop our inclusive, value driven culture.
  3. Learning and Development: This includes having particular responsibility for learning and development initiatives to help shape the OIA’s learning culture.  This work will be done across teams to ensure our people have the skills and support to be their best at work. 

About you

You will be someone who:

  • Shares our values of integrity and independence, quality, openness and accessibility, service ethos, engagement, and equality and diversity.
  • Has excellent communications skills both verbal and in writing, excellent numeracy skills, initiates problem solving and develops contingency plans.
  • Sees things from other people’s perspectives, recognising and accounting for the barriers they might face whilst representing the employer at all times.
  • Is very organised and owns responsibility areas:
    • Has effective systems in place to help manage own workload.
    • Can prioritise effectively. 
    • Adapts to change and takes initiative when needed.
  • Acts with integrity and treats others with kindness, courtesy, dignity, and respect.
  • Is resilient and able to overcome hurdles to achieve success.

We would love to hear from you if you have one or more of the following:

  1. Proven skills and/or work experience as a Talent Acquisition, L&D, EDI, or generalist HR practitioner in the professional sector.
  2. Confidence in providing diplomatic advice and guidance on routine HR matters and the ability to deal effectively with staff at a range of levels.
  3. Good EDI knowledge and a passion for inclusion.

Salary and Benefits

  • A starting salary of £35,200.
  • 35-hour working week; part-time working considered upon request.
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 28 days (rising to 33 days) plus bank holidays.
  • Gym membership (on completion of probation).
  • Attractive pension scheme.
  • The role is currently fully remote, however once mandatory home working ends we will be moving towards a blended approach mixing home working with regular office based working days. Regular attendance at our office in Reading will therefore be required.

To read the full job description please click here: OIA - HR Advisor - Job Description

How to apply

Please submit your CV and a supporting application statement.

We value diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives, and have a supportive and inclusive organisational culture. We would like our organisation to be representative of our community and the people who use our service and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. In particular, we would welcome applicants from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently underrepresented amongst our people.  We will consider applications for full-time or part-time working and any other reasonable adjustments that you may need.

We are working with BAME Recruitment to support us in hiring this role.  If you have any questions, please contact Enny Muyambuki ,

Additional Information

We are expecting a high volume of interest and may need to close applications without notice.  

Please apply as soon as you are able to.

Screening video/telephone interviews with BAME Recruitment will take place from the 9th July 2021. 

Additional information

  • Remote status

    Flexible remote

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