Staffordshire County Council

People Operations Adviser

Salary: £38,553 - £42,614
11 Aug 2022
26 Aug 2022
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Role title: People Operations Adviser (Maternity Cover)

Location: Stafford with flexibility (Hybrid working)

Salary: £38,553 - £42,614.

Contract type: 12 months FTC (mat cover)

Hours Part-time (20 hrs)

Who you’ll be

At Staffordshire County Council, we live and breathe our three values: to be ambitious, empowering and courageous. If you join us as our new People Operations Adviser, we’ll expect you to embody these values too. So you’ll need to be:

  • Ambitious in your goals and what you want to achieve here
  • Empowering to everyone around you, at all levels
  • Courageous in your approach, ready to think up innovative solutions

If you’re looking for a role full of responsibility and impact, it’s time to take pride – and take us forward.

What you’ll do

1. Provide invaluable advice, support and guidance

The People Services team deliver all kinds of people-related programmes and projects across the Council. To help us achieve that, we rely on teams like yours to provide managers with advice and guidance on employee relations issues, change management and organisational development activities.

As cases come into your team, you’ll swiftly evaluate them and provide appropriate recommendations so that people-related issues get resolved in a timely, efficient way. You’ll help managers to do the same, coaching them on how to address situations quickly and sensitively. In fact, you’ll be there for managers in lots of ways: from supporting them with job design to investigating employee relations issues to providing expert advice at formal hearings.

2. Make positive change across the organisation

Here, your positive influence will be felt far beyond your immediate team. As someone who’s always looking to improve how things are done, you’ll deliver learning and development workshops on employee relations. It’s how, thanks to you, managers at all levels will have the knowledge, skills and understanding of key People policies and processes. Hands-on and proactive, you’ll gather and analyse people-related data to spot trends or areas of concern. That way, you’ll be able to suggest how and where we can make improvements that everyone will benefit from.

At the same time, you’ll keep an eye on the bigger picture and ensure that our People policies are in line with current and future case law and employment law. Whether you’re building strong relationships with Strategic People Partners, collaborating with multi-agency partners or helping to produce accurate reports for the People Leadership Team, you’ll instil confidence in everyone you work with – and be a credible voice around Staffordshire County Council.

3. Provide an accountable service

As a Council, we need to provide an accountable, responsible service that works with Staffordshire’s communities. You’ll play a vital role in ensuring that happens, coaching our managers in ethical decision-making and in building trust and cohesion.

Ultimately though, we can only encourage accountability if we’re accountable ourselves. That’s why you’ll embody our values in everything you do across the organisation. You’ll be a role model of what you want to achieve and seek out fresh ways to learn and grow – something you’ll inspire others to do too.

What you’ll need

To apply for this role, you’ll need to have:

  • CIPD or an equivalent degree level qualification Active membership of CIPD, with this position working at Associate level
  • Excellent knowledge of current employment legislation, case law and good HR practice
  • Extensive experience of HR within a large unionised organisation
  • Experience in successfully delivering and supporting on a range of change projects
  • Understanding and experience of managing TUPE, redundancy and change programmes

How we’ll support you

As well as providing you with inspiring leadership and an environment where you can take pride in what you do, you’ll also benefit from:

  • An excellent local government pension scheme Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

Closing date for applications: 26th August 2022

Interview dates – From Monday 29th August onwards

Each stage will be conducted via MS Teams virtually and we’ll fully explain each stage as you progress to ensure you understand how you are being assessed and how you can prepare.

Additional requirements /adjustments?

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process or feel you need to find out more about this role to be able to apply please do get in touch at and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible.

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