HR Advisor

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
23 Feb 2018
28 Mar 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Human Resources, Generalist
Contract Type

HR Advisor - Newcastle (Fixed-term contract, approximately  10 months)

The Firm

Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle.

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 16 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France.

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

The Department

Our HR team is firmly embedded within the business and offers real expertise in all people related issues.  Our success comes from really understanding our business and people.  We have developed fantastic relationships with our board, partners, managers and employees which supports us in providing first class and proactive support to an ever changing business.

Our team is spread across four locations; Newcastle, Bristol, Plymouth and Southampton.  It is made up of three core teams; Recruitment, Generalist HR and Learning and Development.

The Team

The Generalist HR team (working from Newcastle, Bristol and Plymouth) provides support to partners, managers and employees across a whole range of people issues.  The team also works on a number of firm wide projects, together with the HR Project Manager.  The team has a Head of HR who reports to the HR Director.

The Role

This role sits within a team made up of HR generalists, project specialists (incorporating internal communications), analysts and a secretarial services team.  You will work with the team across all locations to respond to the needs of the business, and queries from managers and employees. 

The Person

You'll be an experienced and resilient HR Advisor who is used to managing your own workload and have a track record of dealing with contentious and non-contentious people issues with conflicting deadlines.

You will have proven experience of providing HR support in a wide range of people situations and solid experience of handling performance management, disciplinary and grievance cases, sickness absence, maternity, flexible working etc.  You will also have experience of researching new employment law, drafting and reviewing policy and process and explaining legislative changes to a diverse audience. 

You will be comfortable leading meetings and presentations and have strong communication skills (both verbal and written).

While experience of working within a law firm or professional services would be helpful, it's not essential.  It would be great if you were CIPD qualified (Chartered) or working towards this, but equivalent experience is considered to be just as important.

We are happy to receive applications from both full and part time applicants, but will need a minimum commitment of three days per week.

So what makes it so great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms.  We have a fantastic team that works hard to establish professional relationships to support us to provide the best service possible to the business.

We are a close knit team; we work together and support one another.  We enjoy challenge, change and each other's company!

Alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the key benefits that matter most to you.  We also offer various discounts and a lively social committee led calendar of events.  More details can be found in our benefit booklet, so if you're interested in finding our more please ask for a copy!

Next steps

If you would like to join a committed, talented and dynamic team, who go the extra mile to provide excellent service, then please in touch to find out more.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (

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