HR Advisor


Job Details


Liverpool Head Office

Contract Type


Working Pattern

Full Time


Competitive plus benefits

Closing Date

19/08/2021 22:45

About the Role

We've got a super exciting position to join our HR team here at Matalan's Head Office.

Acting as a Business Partner, in this role you will provide a proactive and professional HR service to functions across head office in line with Group Policy and HR Strategy.

Through advising and coaching techniques you will upskill managers in all aspects of performance and absence management, career development and employee engagement, working closely and collaboratively across other HR teams such as Recruitment, Learning & Development and Reward.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Support the HR Business Partner and Head of HR – to deliver the HR strategy across head office functions
  • Build strong relationships and credibility with Line Managers and Heads of Function through mutual trust and respect
  • Improve line manager capability through coaching and advising, providing accurate advice and guidance on all aspects of managing people
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of Employment Law in order to provide relevant advice to line managers and minimise business risk
  • Management of all ER cases, with support from HR Business Partner where appropriate, coaching and guiding line managers to resolution
  • Encourage and guide line managers to build a high performance culture through regular feedback and coaching of their  teams, supporting personal development and managing underperformance
  • Implement HR policies, practices and procedures, incorporating best practice and legislative requirements to drive the business forward and develop initiatives to address current and potential issues.
  • Use external network and research to inform new ways of working and new projects/initiatives
  • Be a role model for the Matalan Values and challenge managers to do the same,
  • Work with line managers to proactively manage and retain talent, identifying risks and proposing solutions
  • Work closely with the Recruitment Team in the recruitment and selection of new people, using our internal talent pool and succession plans to fill roles with the best people
  • Work collaboratively with Finance to ensure salary budgets are maintained, whilst achieving the best outcome for the business
  • Support and/or lead on HR/business projects
  • Support and/or lead Org Design changes, advising and coaching managers through consultation processes
  • Support at callibration meetings and MI preparation
  • Ensure all HR Admin for Head Office colleagues is processed, including changes to terms and conditions, maternity, probation, etc, either via HR Shared Services or self
  • New starter admin, including requesting employment references, ensuring Payroll information is complete and passed to Payroll, and sending relevant documents to line managers
  • Creation and maintenance of organisational structures

About You

  • Graduate CIPD, ideally with 2-3 years ER experience
  • Experience of working in a Head Office environment
  • Strong influencing and Stakeholder Management Skills are essential, along with the ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Ability to work at pace, work well under pressure and multi-task is essential, whilst remaining calm
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Team work but also comfortable working autonomously and with confidence
  • Strong communication, coaching and listening skills
  • Confident to communicate and influence at senior level
  • Innovative thinker
  • Resilient
  • Data driven
  • Strong PC skills (experienced using MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Visio (desireable)



About Matalan


Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is proud to serve its customers excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, challenging, and above all fun! As part of the Matalan family you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision - to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.

Matalan value diversity and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

Matalan wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application and interview process and ultimately, in their role. We, therefore, encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this.

In the event that a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close prior to the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested.

Your place in our world

HR Business Partner
HR Advisor