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ER Adviser - 6 month FTC - Human Resources - London

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We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

Our biggest asset is our people, so our HR team focus on ensuring we are all reaching our full potential. They use their specialist expertise to help us attract great talent, enable our employees to succeed and inspire a unified culture of development across our firm. By playing a role in the recruitment and management of our people, they help change lives and influence the future of BDO. Join a driven and passionate team where you can be yourself, while also helping your colleagues to achieve their ambitions.

We’ll broaden your horizons

As a fast-growing ER function, we are looking for an experienced ER Adviser to join our team on a 6 month FTC.

Reporting to the Employee Relations Manager. This role will support and provide expert ER advice, tools and guidance to generalist, other HRD teams and business areas, enabling high quality ER service and guidance to the business on all ER issues, people policies and formal processes.

The HR team are responsible for around 6,500 people and the ER team are instrumental in the support provided to enable the delivery of expert ER/HR advice across the business.

In this role you’ll also:

  • Support the ER team on Case management including attendance, support, note taking for formal ER meetings such as probation, exam fail, flexible working and performance appeals alongside Disciplinary, Grievance, investigations, capability and other relevant ER processes
  • Provide ER guidance to the HR Generalist team where required on areas such as probation, investigations, disciplinary, grievance, capability, maternity, paternity, flexible working requests, exam and escalating to Manager/ Assistant Manager where appropriate.
  • Responsibility for undertaking Occupational Health referrals, workstation assessment referrals and providing overall process guidance to HR team
  • Establish strong relationships with overall HR team as a credible point of contact for ER matters where required
  • Pragmatic interpretation and application of ER policies, processes and provide timely advice on employee relations issues, escalating to Assistant Manager, Manager where appropriate
  • Support the ER Associate Advisor in the management of the ER inbox where required and be a point of escalation for the Associate Advisor on ER queries and processes
  • Production of good quality documentation including investigation packs,  formal invite and outcome letters and reports where required
  • Support in the creation of ER MI, reviewing and analysing ER trends and hotspots where appropriate
  • Supporting the ER Manager with Data Subject Access Requests, coordinating and collating materials and liaising with other business areas as necessary.

We’ll help you succeed

When you join us, we’ll make your growth our priority. If you can demonstrate the following skills, we can help you go far. We’re looking for someone with:

  • Experience of working in an employee relations and policy focused role, including extensive knowledge of employment law and proficient in application of business aligned solutions;
  • Experience of independently managing ER cases, with demonstrated behaviours and approach.


  • Previous HR/ER experience
  • Good basic knowledge of employment legislation and external best practice trends;
  • Understanding of how ER matters impact commercial operations and vice versa;
  • Excellent attention to detail and proven experience of managing conflicting priorities alongside interacting with various stakeholders;


  • Previous ER experience within a relevant environment
  • Experience of writing reports and recommendation papers to senior stakeholders.
  • CIPD qualified

We’re in it together

At BDO, we believe that when our people feel valued and rewarded, their potential is unlimited. We offer highly competitive starting salaries and review remuneration packages regularly to ensure that our pay always positively reflects performance. As well offering support with tuition and professional qualifications, we also provide the following benefits, as standard:

  • 25 days’ holiday;
  • access to a personal pension scheme, with matched employer contributions;
  • life assurance cover;
  • income protection insurance.

That’s not all. We understand that everyone is different so, we offer a range of voluntary benefits to suit every lifestyle. Our flexible benefits platform, Flexcel, means our people can choose from a range of tax efficient options to design a benefit package that best suits them. Through Flexcel, they can:

  • buy up to ten days’ extra holiday;
  • add on private medical, personal accident, dental insurance or travel insurance;
  • enrol in our Bike to Work scheme;
  • enjoy discounts off cinemas, dining, and gyms;
  • receive an interest free season ticket loan or interest free graduate loan;
  • access childcare vouchers;
  • take an online health assessment and utilise our employee assistance programme.

We’re looking forward to the future

At BDO, we’re big enough to make the difference and collaborative enough to never lose sight of where we’re going. We know that it’s our people that make our success possible. Across our 17 UK locations, more than 6,000 of them work together to provide tax, audit, assurance and a range of advisory services that help our clients achieve their ambitious goals. Together, they’re fuelling Britain’s economic engine. Behind every complex client challenge and every untapped innovation, they’re there: ensuring we continue to find the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to invest in our people. That means providing them with an environment where they can grow, learn, laugh and feel respected, at all times.

Are you ready to join them?

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