Lead HR Consultant

Posted on 24 November 2021
  • Directorate BHCC: Finance & Resources
  • Salary £36,922 - £39,880
  • Contract Fixed Term
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Bartholomew House, Brighton

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
    37 per week
  • Closing date
    This vacancy has closed
  • Job category
    Human Resources
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Lead HR Consultant (HR Advisory Team)

We’re appointing a Lead HR Consultant in the HR Advisory Team that will report to an HR Manager. The post holder will work with a team of HR professionals providing an effective HR Advisory Service across the council service areas and schools across Brighton & Hove.

Fixed-term: Until 30th June 2022

Interview date: To be confirmed

For an informal discussion, please contact Kate Vallance - HR Manager on 01273 293468.

About the role

Lead HR Consultants in this team:

  • Provide managers with consistent, pragmatic and effective advice on the management and resolution of people issues covering a wide range of HR areas, mitigating risk to the organisation whilst optimising resources to deliver highly effective and creative solutions.
  • Work in partnership with the client group at a senior level to establish an excellent understanding of their service and the challenges they face to proactively identify opportunities for operational and strategic intervention capitalising on external best practice;
  • Manage HR&OD casework and projects and provide a high quality, professional and solution-based service to clients.

One of our key areas of focus as a department is to support the directorates to proactively understand, engage with and respond effectively to the city’s diverse communities and changing demographic.

What you can expect:

Brighton & Hove City Council serves a vibrant city by the sea – a place that has ambitions to be a fairer city with a more sustainable future. These ambitions, along with our Covid recovery plans will shape the work of HROD over the next few years.

As a service, HROD’s role is central to decision making with an established place on the Executive Leadership Team. Using a business partnering approach with centres of expertise, the service provided is fully aligned to the needs of the organisation. We take our responsibilities as an employer seriously and that makes working in HROD in Brighton & Hove exciting, at times challenging and always interesting.

We are a friendly, talented, hard-working team who have experienced rapid change over the past year in the ways we deliver our services. One of our key functions now will be to lead and support the organisation through new ways of working as we emerge from the pandemic. This is an exciting time to join the team!

As a council, we want our staff to be themselves at work. We welcome applications from all sections of our community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our HROD workforce.

HR Advisory Services

The remit of the HR Advisory Team will continue to focus on the provision of a high quality professional advisory service to the organisation, and for managing case work to embed a culture of early informal resolution, fairness, tackling discrimination and ensuring that complex employment matters are dealt with effectively and sensitively. The team will also take full responsibility for the management of change and will provide professional expertise in leading HR support for reorganisations. Over time, this will require some transference of work from the current Business Partnering team. Lead HR Consultant roles, reporting to HR Managers, work across schools and the council. The Lead HR Consultants’ focus will be on complex employee relations casework and supporting the HR Managers in developing the team and improving performance, quality and consistency of casework.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.


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