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HR Advisor

What does great HR mean to you?


Perhaps it’s about holding up a mirror and striking the right balance between supporting your business and challenging it.  We have an exciting HR Advisor role supporting our Sales, Group Publishing Operations, Strategy and Ebury divisions.  As an HR Advisor here at Penguin Random House UK, keeping things human and simple is our way of doing things.


As HR Advisor, you will work together with the HR Manager to support your business areas with every part of their lives at work. You’ll have your finger on the pulse and will proactively offer solutions and ideas and will have the support of your teams when landing new initiatives or change.


It’s a busy role, and it’s varied. You’ll get stuck into everything from employee relations, reward and talent management through to restructures and supporting the Recruitment team with the vacancy sign off and process.


You’ll play a key role at each stage of someone’s time with us – from welcoming them on their first day, partnering with the L&D team to support people to learn and grow, helping people plan their family leave, and supporting career progression.

 We also know that working life doesn’t always run smoothly, so being able to support managers and employees through the more difficult moments with compassion and pragmatism will set you apart.


There is some admin to do and to oversee, and supported by the HR Admin team you’ll make sure our people get the information they need at the right time. Having a hawk-like attention to detail, while keeping on top of a busy workload is important. Experience of working with HR databases would be a real plus here.


You don’t need to have worked with books or in publishing before. We’re interested in hearing about your HR experience from different industries, and from different perspectives. What’s important to us is your approach, being able to connect with people at all levels, and bringing them onside. If you love getting under the skin of a problem, finding creative solutions and doing this in a fast-paced, busy environment, this could be your perfect next move.


On a practical level, you should have a solid grounding in employment law, meaning that you’re able to coach and advise your business areas confidently. Being CIPD qualified would be a plus but is not essential. This role will support teams at our offices in London, so you will need to be happy to travel (more info can be shared on this at interview stage).


If you think we could be a good match for each other, then we’d love to hear from you. To apply for this role, please submit your CV and Cover Letter by midnight on Tuesday 30th November 2021.


Salary: £28,000 - £35,000 depending on how your skills and experience align to the role, plus bonus and benefits.




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), increasing a day each year up to 30 days
•    Medical cover
•    Life assurance
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Discounted gym membership
•    Generous pension scheme
•    Summer working hours (role dependent) 
•    Volunteering policy and charity matching
•    Employee Assistance programme
•    Mentoring programme
•    Extended gender neutral parental leave
•    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.


As a Disability Confident Committed organisation, we’re part of the offer an interview scheme. This is where disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role can opt in to get to the next recruitment stage. There may be some situations where volume of applicants means we can’t take all eligible candidates to interview.

We want to make sure disabled applicants can be their best at each step of the recruitment journey. If you need adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to get in touch with us at

Remember, you only need to share what you are comfortable to for us to support your adjustment request. Find out more about our approach here:

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: Penguin Books Limited 

Country: United Kingdom 

State/Region: London 

City: London 

Postal Code: SW11 7BW 

Job ID: 185101

Date:  23-Nov-2021

London, LND, GB, SW11 7BW

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