People Advisor

Close of applications: 09:00 21st October 2019

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£27,511 to £30,046, with potential progression to £35,845 (pro-rata)

Part time between 24 to 30 hours, over 4 or 5 days per week

Hours based on a 35 hour full time equivalent


Are you an experienced People operations (HR) specialist 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 People Advisor to join the team!

The Role

The People Advisor 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 Director of People and People Development Manager to provide a comprehensive people offer to the organisation, 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, leading on and rolling out people initiatives and supporting the performance and development our people. You’ll build and sustain positive relationships with staff and Line Managers, supporting in employment matters and managing casework. You’ll be proactive and supportive in providing effective solutions to people matters, working closely with people to promote a positive environment and culture. You'll work with an Administrator to ensure that the organisation maintains accurate details for our people working with; preparing and updating employment documentation and ensuring that information is shared with payroll.


About You

We are looking for an experienced People / HR generalist who is passionate about providing effective customer service. You’ll be CIPD qualified, or have equivalent specialist experience 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 an HR information 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.


The Company

The University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) exists to unlock the potential and enrich the life of every one of our 23,000 student members.  We are a registered charity with a £7M turnover and provide a comprehensive platform of offers, support, representation, services and spaces for our members to enhance the overall University experience across a number of campuses. We are an Investors in People Silver accredited organisation who have approximately 85 core staff, and around 300 casual staff employed throughout the year.


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 within your role, we recognise our people are our greatest assets and offer a number of benefits over and above your monthly pay. 


Apply now

You can apply easily using your CV and cover letter addressing the requirements of the role by clicking on 'Apply Now'. Please also detail the number of hours per week you are applying for within your cover letter.  Informal enquiries can be made to Anthony Douglas, Director of People by phone on 023 8059 5198 or by email on

Closing Date and Time:   Monday 21st October 2019 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 week commencing 28th October 2019. Please note feedback will not be provided if you are not shortlisted for interview.

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.