People Advisor

Date Posted: 01/10/2021
Department: People & Development
Company: Canary Wharf Ltd
Reporting to: Senior People & Development Manager

Job Summary:

To provide a HR service to the Group which supports corporate objectives and enables other functions within the Group to achieve their goals in accordance with good HR practice.

This position will involve advising on all HR issues, employee relations, recruitment duties, administering Company benefits schemes, assisting with employee engagement projects, working with managers on strategic projects as and when required and general HR administration.

The People Advisor focuses on empowering employees’ collaboration, excellence, innovation, engagement and ownership in an employee-oriented culture

About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.7 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 1,000 build-to-rent apartments.

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK with over 10 million square feet of sustainable certified buildings. CWG also excels operationally as it purchases 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and zero waste to landfill since 2009.

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live/work/play on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk.

The Company’s current £2.4bn construction activity is composed of 500k square feet of commercial properties and over 1,750 new homes for sale and rent.

Our Culture and Values

Working at Canary Wharf Group means working for a forward thinking, collaborative team. We hire staff who strive to make a difference and achieve the highest standards. Everyone is empowered to make a difference and our ethos encourages everyone to think like an owner. Our business puts our customers and people at the heart of everything, we work to meet their needs and exceed expectations.

Our mission is to empower our people, engage our communities and create sustainable places.

Our values help us achieve exceptional results:

Excellence: Commit to achieving the best with integrity

Collaboration: Make us of our vast experience and knowledge to work effectively together

Engagement: Develop our people, our communities, our stakeholders and our suitable environment and be exceptional while respecting others

Ownership: Take responsibility and pride in what we deliver. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference.

Innovation: Embrace change and encourage innovation

Main Responsibilities

  • To provide general assistance to the Director – People and Development and the Senior Deputy Head of People and Development and advisory and administrative support to the P&D Department.
  • To provide support and advice to managers regarding all employee relation issues and, where necessary, carryout Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations and Hearings and Redundancy meetings.
  • To drive initiatives to support the employee wellbeing strategy.
  • To actively support ways to improve D&I within the Company
  • Assist with recruitment, including;
    • formulation of job descriptions;
    • conduct interviews;
    • liaise with recruitment agencies;
    • attend job fairs;
    • advertise vacancies, internally, externally and on SharePoint;
    • draft contracts;
    • conduct induction of permanent staff;
    • assist in the organisation, delivery and designing of new recruitment assessments;
    • assist with sourcing promotional boards to support sourcing talent and out D&I objectives;
    • evaluate the recruitment strategy to ensure best practice and that the best talent is being sourced;
    • to provide management with relevant recruitment reports as and when required to analyse trend information to be used to enhance the recruitment strategy;
    • conduct exit interviews and process leaver information and;
    • assist with updating Company Application process.
  • To assist with the recruitment and supply of temporary staff when required including processing and the monitoring and distribution of Agency Ts &Cs letters and to provide advice on Agency Worker Regulations.
  • To assist with the design and delivery of the induction for new employees.
  • To assist delivering training of HR related topics to managers/staff.
  • To assist with the delivery of employee engagement projects as and when required.
  • To assist with administering Company benefits, sourcing new Company benefits and/or reviewing the Company benefits package.
  • To liaise with all levels of staff regarding any queries relating to sickness and absence and to assist with health review meetings as and when required.
  • To obtain medical reports as and when required.
  • To notify staff (where appropriate) of any changes to Company Sick Pay arrangements as requested by line management.
  • To process department payments as and when required.
  • To achieve any specific P&D Department Objectives in relation to the above scope of work.
  • To be thoroughly familiar with the Company’s “Health & Safety” Policy and procedures.
  • To reflect the company core values: Excellence Engagement, Collaboration, Ownership and Innovation, into everyday performance.
  • Ad hoc duties/ projects as requested by the Senior People & Development Manager and Director – People and Development.

What We Require of You

  • The post holder must possess a Certificate in Personnel and Development Level 5 or above.
  • A minimum of 2 years HR experience is essential, ideally at an advisory level.
  • Strong inter-personal skills combined with a requirement to ensure confidentiality when appropriate are essential.
  • Experience of using HR databases is essential, ideally Workday.
  • Must be a team player with a willingness to help others.
  • Flexible, organised and calm approach to work is essential.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is essential.

To achieve our company vision, mission and values, there are core responsibilities within each job role that helps us provide a consistent, safe and effective approach, whilst improving the service that we deliver.

All staff shall:

  • Adhere to our Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability requirements as detailed in our policies within our Integrated Management System. The latest documents including relevant procedures and forms can be found on SharePoint, with Trade Contractor and Consultant related documents on Asite.
  • Act responsibly, and take care of yourselves and others. Follow all necessary precautions, guidance and instructions when conducting, supervising or managing a task. Further details regarding Health & Safety are set out in the Health & Safety Policy, within our Employee Handbook and are available within our health and safety management system located on SharePoint.
  • Protect the environment and reduce our environmental impacts through reducing energy use and minimising waste produced onsite. Staff should adhere to the procedures in our environmental management system. Relevant documents are located on SharePoint.

What We Offer

Diversity and Inclusion: We recognise the importance of embracing diverse experience, skills and perspectives at all levels and operating in an inclusive working environment, in order for everyone to reach their full potential. We also recognise that it makes business sense, since being an inclusive employer leads to better business performance and higher levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills and are committed to fostering a culture whereby everyone can reach their full potential.

Flexible Working: As an inclusive employer, we recognise the positive impact flexible working can have on an individual, their wellbeing, engagement and productivity. Therefore, we are open to consider flexible working arrangements, both temporary or permanent.

Learning and Development: At Canary Wharf Group, our employees receive a wide range of support to help improve their skills and achieve their career goals. We offer development opportunities through classroom and e-learning training, mentoring, cross department experience and on the job learning. We heavily invest in our staff attaining accreditations to develop existing and new skills, support chartered status, sponsorships and provide further educational opportunities which are job and business related. We never stand still and continually invest in developing skills and knowledge to ensure individual and company growth.

Other Benefits: We are committed to building a safe, happy and healthy community for our employees and we offer a comprehensive range of benefits, all designed with our employees and their wellbeing in mind. From generous pension and insurance plans, to health benefits, subsidised gym membership, store discounts and family leave, our benefits package allows our employees to choose the benefits that suit them and their individual needs.

If you are interested in joining our highly professional and skilled team for our next exciting phase of development, please complete the form on this page to apply online or send your cv and covering letter to: Personnel Department, Canary Wharf Group plc, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 31 October 2021.

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to appoint at any point.

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