HR Advisor

Gowling WLG
05 Aug 2017
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
About Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.

Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we're positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face - both today and tomorrow.

Main Purpose of the Job

To work closely alongside the HR business Partners to provide advice, support and solutions on all aspects of HR policy, queries and issues.

The HR Advisor assists the HR Business Partners in identifying and addressing any people and work related issues across Practice Groups and will provide accurate, fair, timely advice and solutions on the implementation of the firm's policies in relation to employees.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Provide HR advice, support and coaching on all aspects of employee relations as necessary ensuring that any advice given is in line with firm policy and best practice;
Integrate and build strong relationships within assigned Practice Groups developing insight and understanding of specific group requirements, and how they work, to enable them to deliver the most appropriate commercial solution;
Support the Practice Operations Managers with operational issues including resource management, and implementation of firm policies and processes;
Supporting the business partner(s) in driving, delivering and managing change programs
Take a lead role in a wide range of HR issues including disciplinary, grievance, performance management, absence, bespoke working requests, and conducting maternity meetings and exit interviews;
Provide advice and coaching to senior management and employees;
Participate and , where appropriate, lead on best practice projects in relation to HR strategy;
Continuously review/develop and implement all HR processes, policies and procedures;
Work closely with senior management to support and facilitate Global Mobility of staff within assigned Business Services and Practice Groups.
Produce accurate and high quality data for wider publication in user friendly format;
Any other reasonable duties delegated by the HR Leadership team.

Key skills and experience

Established HR experience with at least two years' experience at Advisor level;
Excellent and up to date knowledge and understanding of employment legislation and its practical application;
Experience of taking a lead role in supporting disciplinary, grievance and performance management meetings;
Experience of providing a results-orientated service and creative, pragmatic solutions to HR issues;
Proven ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team;
Proactive, flexible and adaptable approach;
Excellent communication skills with the ability to quickly build effective working relationships at all levels within the business;
Excellent planning and organisational skills;
Part or fully CIPD qualified;
Good IT skills with excel, powerpoint;
Good commerciality.

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.