HR Officer

London (Central), London (Greater)
24 Mar 2021
23 May 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Human Resources, Generalist
Contract Type

About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit here

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations

Business Area - Human Resources

Role: - HR Officer

Location: - London

Reporting to: - Senior HR Managers

Hours of work - Full Time permanent. Our culture supports agile working and so working hours and location of work will be agreed with your line manager.

Department/ Role Overview:

This is a highly-valued HR generalist role that supports a legal division in the UK and a number of international offices. Collaborating with Senior HRM's and central HR teams in London and Glasgow, the role advises on a wide variety of HR topics to help us achieve our exciting business and people priorities.

Main responsibilities:

  • Work with line managers to develop and implement plans to improve employee engagement;
  • Evaluate formal and informal feedback from employees by synthesising and reporting key messages and proposing solutions to the relevant HRM/line manager;
  • Lead employee relations processes including investigations, capability and disciplinary meetings and support line managers to resolve them successfully;
  • Support HR managers with cyclical processes such as talent reviews, performance appraisals, salary review, budgets;
  • Contribute to HR projects as required, which may include additional involvement with initiatives such as Career Focus, annual engagement survey, business process reviews;
  • Responsibility for timely and accurate execution of staff movement processes including starters, leavers and global secondments/transfers;
  • Review and amend contracts, letters and ad-hoc communications prepared by central HR teams to ensure correspondence is appropriate, accurate and any risks are managed;
  • Assist with ad-hoc reporting requirements and general HR policy questions in collaboration with central HR and finance teams;
  • Liaise with and support graduate recruitment and HR managers regarding trainee seat moves, qualification processes and interviews, to ensure business needs are met;
  • Manage sickness absence and occupational health requirements, working with employees and relevant teams to ensure a successful return to work;
  • Organise and facilitate elements of the London new starter induction programme;
  • Proactively share information, ideas and points of view to enhance business processes and policies;
  • Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Previous experience within HR advisory is essential
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities and deadlines
  • Proactive ability to identify and implement business process improvements
  • Proven ability to communicate with confidence at all levels and strong relationship building skills
  • Client-focused work ethic, willing to invest discretionary extra effort to get the job done
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Team player, contributing to the success of the HR team through collaboration
  • Preference for CIPD qualified or working towards qualification