HR Advisor

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan, Turing Road, Guildford
£25.000 - £27.000 per annum (pro rata) depending on qualifications and experience

We are looking for an HR Adviser to join our friendly, experienced team on a part-time basis. We provide comprehensive HR support to our Diocesan staff, clergy and parishes and your role will cover a wide range of activities, including HR advice and guidance, recruitment of staff and clergy and payroll administration. The role is a busy and exciting one in which every day is different. The post is for 28 hours per week, but with some flexibility to choose the days and hours that you work.

If you are CIPD qualified, in the process of working towards your CIPD qualification, or have relevant equivalent HR experience, coupled with previous experience of operating in a professional environment such as legal services or a large charity/public sector organisation, we would love to hear from you.

The post provides professional HR advice, guidance and administrative support, working closely with our staff and clergy.


  • To provide HR support for recruitment projects and processes, i.e. work closely with the HR Partner and line managers to identify requirements, ensure that job and person specifications are prepared, job application packs and advertisements are prepared, approved and issued
  • To provide support for the clergy recruitment processes, working closely with the Archdeacons’ office and the HR Partner
  • To facilitate short-listing processes and make arrangements for interview panels
  • To prepare job offers and contracts, take up references and co-ordinate all other associated pre-employment checks
  • To support the preparation and rollout out of a comprehensive induction for new employees, together with line managers

Policies and Pay

  • To support the rollout of updated HR policies, processes and procedures
  • To prepare the staff payroll, liaising with the Finance team, for review with the HR Partner


  • To advise managers on HR policies and procedures across a range of HR topics, including recruitment, performance management, employment practices, disciplinary and grievance processes
  • To manage staff sickness absence and the online holiday records system.
  • To administer staff annual appraisals
  • To provide administrative support for the planning for and rollout of an HR Information System (HRIS)
  • To support on the processing of staff documentation from recruitment through to leaving
  • To keep up-to-date on employment legislation and HR best practices.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the HR and Safeguarding Director and HR Partner



  • At least Diploma level of education or equivalent
  • CIPD qualified, or in the process of working towards CIPD qualification, or relevant equivalent HR experience


  • Degree level of education



  • Previous experience of operating in a professional environment such as legal services or a large charity/public sector organisation
  • Providing HR advice to managers
  • Experience of and involvement with recruitment processes


  • Managing recruitment projects

  • Experience of implementing an HR Information System (HRIS)



  • Good working knowledge of UK employment legislation and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations
  • Knowledge and understanding of personalities and behavioural styles in order to work collaboratively


  • Knowledge of the Church of England, its organisation and governance structures
  • Knowledge of applying HR knowledge within the Church of England legislative framework

Area, People and Community

The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of northeast Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the north-east, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. The south-west has a more rural feel to it, but the north-east is largely suburban. The population here is greater and excellent road and rail links to London and elsewhere mean that there is much commuting within these areas.

The population is just over a million, rising in line with the national rate. Notwithstanding the rural areas, the average population density is above average, both regionally and nationally.