Vacancy for ER Advisor

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Location Manchester
Contract Type Permanent - Employee
Working Hours per Week 40 hours
Remuneration £30,000 to £35,000 per annum plus benefits
Job Reference GR/10729

We are growing the Employee Relations Team due to business growth, and we are looking for an ER Partner to join the team, and support our managers. This role is pivotal to the HR team, and you will learn from a team of ER Managers, an inhouse Employment Legal Team and the Head of HR Operations. This is a role to grow your career and demonstrate your ER knowledge in a fast paced, commercial environment.

The Employee Relations Partner will work within the employee relations (ER) team to provide professional, commercially driven, proactive and timely advice and support on all facets of employee relations. This will include the delivery of expert employment law advice and the development of HR policy and procedure documentation.

The ER Team provides timely ER support to internal clients in managing people issues. This role is important, being the first point of contact for managers and requires a good general ER knowledge and excellent customer service.

The team are currently working mainly remotely, and we envisage the team working three days in the office and two days from home.

Responsibilities will include:

Offering an effective, efficient, and cost driven service to the business in relation to the management of an ER Caseload.

Providing expert employment law advice, particularly relating to employment contracts, industrial relations, TUPE, change management, discrimination, restructures, redundancy, performance management, absence management and disciplinary, capability and grievance matters.

Responsibility and accountability for casework and ER issues, providing both best practice and commercial advice and solutions.

Working with other members of the ER team to ensure consistent, impartial, commercial advice is given.

Developing effective working relationships within the business to promote positive, proactive and fair employee relations across the organisation, including the provision of training.

Assisting with the development, planning and delivering of team induction.

Working with the ER Managers, HR Business Partner and Head of HR Operations on ER projects; such as ER training design and virtual delivery; ER service communications; ER document reviews

Experience required:


We are looking for candidates who have completed or are currently studying CIPD Level 5 (essential). We could support the attainment of Level 7 CIPD.

Working experience/Personal attributes

  • Experience of managing ER matters (either as a HR professional or operational manager).
  • A track record of working as part of a team and working on their own initiative.
  • An ability to influence and coach others.
  • A desire to learn.
  • Embodies professionalism, trust and integrity.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Ability to work well in teams by supporting other team members, sharing of knowledge etc.
  • Ability to voice opinions and offer both best practice and commercial advice and solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effective at all levels both internally and externally and using email and telephone
  • Ability to quickly build both personal and functional credibility within the business.
  • Tactful, diplomatic and composed, particularly when under pressure.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload to ensure full-service delivery to various units within area of responsibility.
  • Tenacious and resilient.


Why join OCS Group UK Ltd?

OCS prides itself as a company with strong family values and we are passionate about hiring people who demonstrate the same.

We take CARE of you; We act SAFELY and responsibly; We are TRUSTWORTHY; We work as EXPERTS. If you share these Values, we want you to be part of our team.

OCS have a well-respected brand and our colleagues are empowered to be the best version of themselves. We offer job stability and are committed to developing our colleagues by offering more than just a job. We are a financially stable business who continues to be privately owned since its inception in 1900.

We reward those who demonstrate our values and since the launch of our OCS Star recognition scheme we have rewarded nearly 1,500 colleagues with monetary vouchers, certificates, and public recognition within the business.

We invest and support the growth of our people and are currently sponsoring over 310 colleagues who are enrolled in a variety of apprenticeship programmes, ranging from Level 3 qualifications in customer service to degree programmes in Leadership. If you want to develop you career, OCS is a great choice.

OCS offers the family feel of smaller organisations although large enough to offer so many opportunities. We recognise your efforts and contribution and show our appreciation through a variety of reward schemes which in turn results in our colleagues staying with OCS.  Our business is the family you can choose, and our people stay for the friendships, opportunities, and career fulfilment we offer

What will you get in return?

  • An enhanced pension scheme (above auto enrolment rates) - to save for the future
  • Life Assurance – to protect your family should the worst happen
  • 25 days holiday, plus 8 bank holidays on top
  • Option to purchase additional annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance – to protect you
  • Access to 100s of high street discounts
  • Financial Wellbeing support - Access to low interest loans
  • Recognition scheme ‘OCS Stars’- monetary rewards given to top performers
  • Training and Development- apprenticeships, e-learning, English as a Second Language and our award nominated ‘Impact’ Programme
  • Long Service Awards
  • Cycle to work scheme- discounted bicycles
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme- 24-7 Health & Wellbeing Support
  • Successful candidates for this role, who meet the eligibility criteria, may have the opportunity to undertake a formal work-based training course under our commitment to personal and professional development through the Government’s apprenticeship scheme