HR Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 June 2018

Job Description

The Human Resources (HR) team, comprised of 40 members, sits in our Budapest, London and New York offices and supports OSF staff across the global network of foundations, in over 40 countries. The team is comprised of generalists spanning the North America, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, South West Asia, and Asia Pacific regions, as well as HR specialists comprised of Talent Development, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Compensation & Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion, and Recruitment.

Job Profile

Reporting to the HR Manager, the HR Advisor will provide customer focused, comprehensive and pragmatic HR advice and support to managers and employees in line with organizational policies, procedures and legal requirements. The HR Advisor will play an important part in striving for efficiency whilst continuously improving delivery of HR services, in collaboration with HR Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

HR Policies and Procedures

  • Responsible for ensuring confidential information is kept secure and standard HR documentation is up to date in line with upcoming GDPR legislation.
  • Together with the HR Manager create, implement and improve OSFs policies, procedures and strategies across all the HR areas.
  • Manage grievance, disciplinary and capability investigations and/or hearings.
  • Support with managing organisation design and redundancy consultations.
  • Responsible for delivering workshops and mandatory training, managing participation and resolving performance issues.
  • To assist in the delivery of development workshops in areas of HR best practices and organisation policies.
  • Manage the HR New Starter induction for permanent staff and return to work inductions for senior staff and the exit interview process, continually evaluating and reviewing the processes for improvements and making recommendations as appropriate;
  • Ensure compliance and promote Equal Opportunities and diversity in all areas of HR throughout the office in projects such as diversity inclusion, disability etc.
  • Manage flexible working requests and provide necessary documentation.
  • Prepare maternity/paternity/adoption letters and conduct the appropriate meetings with employees, ensuring that relevant calendars are produced on time and accurately reflect the employees request for leave.
  • Regularly review and update the OSFL-London Employee handbook, ensuring that we are compliant with UK labour law requirements.
  • Provide advice and supporting document to managers and staff on escalated HR policy related queries.
  • Communicating the compensation strategy, promotions, senior designations and annual increases and bonuses whilst implementing any changes with supporting documentation.

Immigration Compliance

  • Support in ensuring immigration compliance is maintained, including sponsored, non-sponsored and right to work checks and that appropriate government gateways are updated, e.g. SMS, in line with statutory deadlines.
  • Manage the work visa process for employees when needed and ensure visa records/employee files are up to date in conjunction with the HR Manager;

HRIS System Management

  • Verify the correct update of employee details in HRIS system (Workday), spreadsheets, systems and intranet.
  • Manage the Workday system in the UK – ensure accuracy of data in Workday and that duplicated systems are streamlined in to Workday as appropriate.
  • Ensure employees at all levels are correctly trained on using Workday.
  • Ensure business processes are adhered to and are completed in a timely manner.


  • Lead on input and administration of manual payroll interventions, meeting payroll deadlines set in payroll calendar.
  • Ensure monthly payroll is accurate, comparing contributions and deductions each month to ensure the correct transfers are made to employee accounts and benefit providers.
  • Oversee the P-60 and P-11 forms process when needed in conjunction with our external payroll partners and finance teams.
  • Ensure all necessary reports are downloaded, saved and passed to finance.

Employee Benefits

  • Review in detail benefit invoices to ensure all details are correct with the HR Assistant.
  • Meet employees to clarify escalated benefit issues or any 3rd party changes to benefit programs.
  • Manage annual benefit open enrolment process and publicise details in line with global offerings.

Employment law

  • Keep up to date with developments in employment legislation and HR best practices, knowledge sharing within the team to ensure continuous development and improvement in the service offered;
  • Stay up to date with ACAS and Home Office guidelines.
  • Responsible for updating internal policies and documentation in line with UK legislation.


  • Undertake research/HR project work as assigned by HR Manager.
  • Work closely with HR colleagues across different functions as well as other department and program staff.
  • Maintain good relationship with the Staff Association and meet on regular basis to provide them with briefings and resolve issues.
  • International Travel may be required.

Candidate Profile

  • Progressively responsible experience in a situation relevant to the duties of this role
  • Understanding the latest industry trends.
  • CIPD level 5 qualification or the ability and commitment to work towards one.
  • Experience in a generalist HR role at advisor level within an international matrix organisation.
  • Sound knowledge of UK employment law and Immigration Controls for the UK, as well as HR best practice across the full spectrum of HR activity in an international setting.
  • Experience of reviewing and drafting HR policies, procedures and guidelines and of developing and implementing HR processes.
  • Third sector experience or interest in human rights.
  • Experience with HR software and ability to learn new software applications.
  • Experience of supporting Employee Relations cases such as disciplinary and grievances.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, collaborative style and approach, and ability to work effectively across cultures.
  • Excellent computer skills, sound knowledge of Workday, proficient in Microsoft Office and particularly Excel and experience with internet research.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with managers and staff in order encourage the integration of HR strategy in London office.
  • Ability to solve complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in.
  • Quality orientation and attention to detail, particularly when issuing/drafting legal documents e.g. employment contracts, grievance responses, etc.
  • Able to travel overseas occasionally for short periods of time to support colleagues.
  • High level of discretion and ability to handle confidential issues.
  • Stays abreast of HR best practices and relevant legislation.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and valuing diversity.

Application instructions: Please include a cover letter and resume, and upload as one document when submitting an application.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

About the Organization

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

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