HR Advisor

Overall Purpose of Role

With the requirement for further expansion, we require a HR Advisor to join our team, the role will include assisting the HR Manager to provide a proactive and effective service for Aptus Utilities Limited. This role will support working across all site departments covering all generalist HR duties.

Key Responsibilities-HR Advisory Service – Related HR duties for all departments, providing advice on employment matters and daily HR issues.


  • Support the HR Manager in building relationships with relevant agencies to increase knowledge of Aptus Utilities in order to increase the attraction of candidates with the right cultural fit.
  • Support in the HR team of the advertising of roles, internally and externally, as appropriate focusing on the use of social media and agency briefings.
  • Prepare job profiles, screening of applications/CV’s to recruit skilled office and operational staff, as required

Pay and Benefits

  • Support in the co-ordination of the payroll process.
  • Support in the management of the collation of payroll information and the production of HR salary documentation to be used by the payroll department.
  • Liaise with the HR team regarding sickness absence deductions and return to work meetings.

Joiners and Leavers

Work with the HR team to ensure inductions are carried out for:

  • for new joiners
  • transfers
  • maternity / paternity returners

Support in the management of probationary reviews for and advise Managers on any necessary actions arising from performance or conduct issues, discuss and advise on appropriate solutions

Absence Management

  • Assist with and manage sickness absence cases
  • Conduct return to work meetings in conjunction with Managers as required and communicate with employees whose absence levels are approaching trigger levels as applicable
  • Liaise with Occupational Health as required referring staff, as appropriate, managing the process

Employee Relations

Organise all aspects of a family-friendly processes including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and unpaid leave and oversee re-integration on return from leave ensuring all necessary paperwork is completed and senior management are kept fully up to date.

Assist the HR Manager with a whole range of employee relation issues as and when they arise, for:

  • Disciplinary
  • Grievance
  • Sickness absence
  • Performance management
  • Appeals

Have a thorough understanding of HR law in particularly relating to contracts, terms and conditions, discrimination, maternity / paternity, shared parental leave, dismissal processes, grievances, etc.

Learning and Development

Have a full understanding of the continuing competence regime for

  • maternity and paternity coaching,
  • soft skills coaching and training
  • researching training options if appropriate

Policies and Procedures:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of all policies and their practical application in order to provide advice and support to all staff
  • Contribute to annual policy review for HR Policies
  • Assist the HR Manager in preparing information, as required, for Senior Management Executive meetings


  • Respond to ad hoc HR queries on a day-to-day basis
  • In their absence deputise for the HR Manager and provide support to the HR Administration Assistant
  • Undertake ad hoc HR projects as and when required

Experience and attributes required

  • Experience preferably in the Utility industry
  • CIPD qualification or studying for
  • Awareness of latest developments within employment legislation
  • Evidence of interest in, and commitment to, the success of the Aptus Utilities Limited
  • Understanding of and commitment to the company values
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal
  • Confident individual with a proactive attitude
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrating professionalism in all dealings with all staff
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of initiative and motivation
  • Can work closely with other team members, from HR Team and displaying trust and loyalty
  • Ability to manage assigned tasks in an assertive, efficient, and timely manner
  • Proven ability to deal with confidential matters and with discretion
  • Must be able to multi-task and keep calm under pressure
  • Good team player
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to provide a focused HR service within a challenging environment
  • Excellent, proven organisational skills
  • The flexibility to work outside normal hours as may be required from time-to-time
  • Willingness to travel to site Depots including Cumbria, Midlands, Northeast and Yorkshire.

Working Conditions: Full time position

Salary: Dependent upon experience

Reports to – HR Manager

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