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HR Advisor

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  General management

York / Manchester/ London, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.

To effectively support the HR Business Partnering Teams in delivering a high quality HR service provision to users throughout the company, the HR Advisor will be responsible for managing a complex and varied caseload, providing expert advice and guidance across the business. 

The core focus of the role is to maintain a positive employee relations culture through supporting the management of matters relating to employee relations, performance management, health & wellbeing, and disciplinary. In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed below, the job holder may be required to perform other duties assigned by their line manager or the HR Director from time to time.


Main Duties


  • To provide clear and comprehensive HR advice, coaching and support on a variety of generalist areas including employee relations, health and wellbeing, recruitment, performance management and diversity & inclusion, in line with internal policies and procedures and prevailing legislation and best practice
  • Effectively engage with the respective HRBP on any high risk or complex cases to agree the necessary action steps and to mitigate any risk
  • Maintain a positive and productive working relationship with colleagues at all levels, ensuring a professional and proactive approach
  • To represent the HR team in engagement with colleagues during onboarding/induction and off boarding activity
  • To support Team Leaders/Managers with the succession planning process as required
  • Support, develop and collaborate with all members of the HR function, and in particular HR Coordinators, where appropriate 
  • Assist with the continuous review, development, documentation and communication of HR policies and processes, ensuring any legislative updates are acted upon with the relevant stakeholders
  • Support the delivery of the HR People Plan and assist on HR projects and initiatives for the division or company-wide as required
  • Contribute ideas and provide support to enable continuous improvement and best practice in all areas of HR
  • Work with the HR Analyst to review HR data to identify themes and issues and work with the HRBPs to agree the necessary course of action


Knowledge & Skills


  • CIPD qualification desirable
  • Recent experience in a similar role
  • Comprehensive and up to date knowledge of UK employment legislation and it’s relevance in business practices.  Knowledge of employment legislation in the Republic of Ireland would also be beneficial but is not essential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective leadership skills, influencing managers at all levels to bring matters to an appropriate conclusion
  • Ability to build productive and collaborative relationships at all levels and positively challenge and influence where appropriate 
  • Effective time management and prioritisation of tasks


Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.