HR Advisor (12m FTC), Colchester

What does great HR mean to you?


Doing things differently and making things count, in a human and simple way, is our approach to HR at Penguin Random House.


We have a fantastic opportunity to join the team on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract basis as the HR Advisor for our Distribution teams in Frating and Manningtree, Essex. In this role, you will report into the HR Manager and will be the first point of contact for all of our people managers & colleagues. You'll be involved in a variety of tasks, including Employee Relations, compensation and talent management. 


In this role, you will support approximately 200 individuals based across the two distribution sites. We’re looking for an HR Advisor who can thrive in this challenging but fun role by promoting a pro-active approach and paying attention to the detail. This role will cover all areas of HR and offers a great opportunity to get exposure to different teams across the whole business.


Ideally you will have:


  • Exposure to dealing with a variety of HR elements. Including, but not limited to disciplinary, grievances, absence management, Union relationships, parental leave and other sensitive HR areas of responsibility
  • Motivation to develop and ability to build relationships across the business areas
  • Familiarity with HRIS systems beneficial, but not essential
  • CIPD qualification is also beneficial
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of applications

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter by midnight on 2nd October 2020.


In your Cover Letter, we’d like you to respond to the following questions:


  1. Please share an example of a time when you have worked with a union to resolve a problem. What did you learn from the experience and what were your key learnings?
  2. Can you tell us about an HR project that you have worked on and what role you played in it?


What you can expect from us

Our employees are the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:
•    25 days paid holiday entitlement in year one, plus bank holidays
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Personal Learning Allowance
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended Parental Leave policy 
•    60% Discount on Company books
•    Each site has trained mental health first aiders 
•    We plant a tree for every new employee to our business


Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and where differences are celebrated.

We partner with The Book Trade Charity, who provide financial assistance for people looking to get into the publishing industry; you can find more information and talk directly here:

Please note, we are not able to accept agency CVs for this role. Any CVs sent speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.


Company: The Random House Group Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: Essex 

City: Colchester 

Postal Code: CO7 7DW 

Job ID: 99323

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Colchester, ESS, GB, CO7 7DW

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