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HR Officer

Close of applications: 09:00 3rd June 2019

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£22,659 to £24,771, with potential progression to £28,660

Permanent role - Full time - 35 hours per week


Are you an experienced or developing HR generalist who is looking to take on an exciting new challenge within a not for profit organisation? If so, the University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) have an exciting new opportunity for a HR Officer to join the team!


The Role

The HR Officer will have a key role in enabling us to attract and retain talented people and maximising the employee experience. You will work closely with our HR Manager and Learning & Development Advisor to provide a comprehensive people offer to the organisation, supporting in and leading on a number of projects and initiatives which enable a positive, motivated and resilient workforce.

This is a hands-on role, where you will have the opportunity to work across all areas of the employment lifecycle; coordinating processes and schemes, providing support in employee relations matters, rolling out people initiatives and supporting the performance and development our people. You'll work to ensure that the organisation maintains accurate details for our people; preparing and updating employment documentation and sharing relevant information with payroll. As the first point of support to staff and Line Managers in employment matters, you’ll build and sustain effective relationships to resolve issues proactively in a positive manner.


About You

We are looking for an HR generalist who is passionate about providing effective customer service. Ideally you will have an HR qualification at level 3 or above (desirable) and will be committed to your ongoing professional development. You will be an advocate for change and able to communicate with people in a positive and consistent manner. You'll have the ability to help to understand the root cause of problems in order to provide practical and efficient support. You will have an understanding of utilising a HR system (we use Cascade) within an organisation and the ability and willingness to develop in this area, as well as being able to utilise the Microsoft Office suite.


What we will offer

The University of Southampton Students’ Union has a vision of creating a positive impact with every student during their time at the University.  As a not for profit organisation the Students’ Union provides a comprehensive platform of opportunities, support, representation and places for our members to enhance their overall University experience. 

Benefits of Working at SUSU
On top of developing you to become an HR Officer, we recognise our people are our greatest assets and offer a number of benefits over and above your monthly pay. 

  • Annual leave of 34 days, rising to 38 days’ per year, including a week at Christmas and Easter (including public holidays)
  • Generous contributory pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 6% employee)
  • Fantastic contractual family leave options after 6-months service for new parents
  • Staff social activities
  • Staff discounts on entertainment, eating out, retail and travel
  • Free access to LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Office 365 applications on your device
  • Comprehensive induction and strong learning and development offer
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A beautiful campus, with on-site commercial outlets


Apply now

If you are interested in applying for this position click on Apply Now, submitting your CV and covering letter detailing why you believe you are the right candidate for this position. 

Closing Date and Time:   Monday 3rd June at 9am, however if sufficient applications are received before this date we may close applications early. Therefore, we would encourage and advise early application if this role is of interest to you. Interviews will be week commencing 10th June 2019. Please note feedback will not be provided if you are not shortlisted for interview.

Informal enquiries can be made to Anthony Douglas, HR Manager, via email to or by phone on 023 8059 5198. 

SUSU is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce and we want to reflect the student body that we represent.  We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination and will ensure that our recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.

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