Senior HR Advisor

University of Exeter - HR Services

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision.

The goal of HR Services is to attract, develop and support our diverse, motivated workforce within a sale and healthy environment. We are appointing a Senior HR Advisor into a newly formed team supporting the institution as it progresses through a period of major organisational transformation, and seeks to embed a culture of continuous improvement. 

This is a full time role available immediately on a fixed term basis for 12 months.

You should be able to draw on recent experience of managing the people aspects of complex and large scale organisational change, to allow you to confidently support a range of concurrent projects. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Responding to questions from senior stakeholders, managers and staff arising from the change process, including relevant ‘business as usual’ issues which might impact on change proposals, cognisant of employment law, organisational policy and local approach.
  • Advising, coaching and supporting senior management teams through the preparation of relevant documentation and providing pre-briefing and training on the process.
  • Analysing and interpreting staff data and supporting information to facilitate the delivery of the full people impact assessment of proposed organisational changes.
  • Facilitate workshops with senior managers and support line managers through the formal staff consultation process.

For further information, please contact Samantha Squance, Organisational Design Lead (email: or Holly Hellier, Senior HR Business Partner (email:

The University offers some fantastic benefits including generous holiday entitlements, options for flexible working, an onsite gym, parking and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. Take a look at our careers site ( for more information.

Interviews will take place on 16th January 2017.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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