HR Advisor - Field Based - Greater Manchester & Cheshire

Central Support
Merchants Warehouse,
Castle Street,
Manchester, M3 4LZ
Full Time
Fixed Term Contract
12 Months

Job Title: HR Advisor – Field Based

Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 12 Months

Location: Greater Manchester & Cheshire

Salary: Up to £30,000 (dependent upon experience)

Work Pattern: 37.5 Hours Per Week


With almost 800 stores and over 7000 dedicated employees, we are the UKs largest independent pharmacy chain. Customer care is at the heart of everything we do and as we continue to grow at an incredible rate, exciting opportunities are being created for people like you to join our team.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Field Based HR Advisor to join us for 12 months to support the business with the roll out of our new PMR (Pharmacy Management System).


You will Support the HR Manager to deliver the Project Gold people strategy across the business and deliver a consistent service by providing exceptional people management change processes, coaching and advice. To support Store Managers and RDM’s to manage all aspects of the change processes and activities being delivered in stores.


What you'll do:

  • To assist the HR Manager in implementing and supporting the start to finish organisational change process
  • Defining proposals with line managers
  • Preparing business cases
  • Planning HR activity and communications
  • Consultation with groups of colleagues
  • Redundancy activity
  • Supporting impacted colleagues
  • Communicate with absent colleagues
  • HR administration / payroll (to ensure feed into HR Shared Services team)
  • To work with Managers to identify people impacts and to coach, support and develop Managers to ensure that they manage the change process effectively
  • To engage with the Trade Unions as appropriate in relation to proposals and changes made as part of the consultation process
  • To consider the impact of change on employee engagement, providing guidance and support to Managers in relation to support colleagues through periods of organisation change
  • To understand and monitor the financial impact of change from a people perspective (e.g. exit costs, recruitment costs, headcount costs)
  • In conjunction with the HR Manager to consider timings of change in line with the wider business agenda and influence such changes to ensure minimum impact on the business
  • Record MI and prepare reports for HR Manager and RDM’s to use to effectively support good HR practice and achieve key objectives
  • Work collaboratively across the business by supporting the HR Team to actively manage workloads
  • To build and maintain effective working relationships with our customers and internal stakeholders by providing credible and quality HR advice
  • To undertake any allocated or ad-hoc HR projects given to you by your Line Manager
  • To maintain up to date employment law knowledge in line with UK Legislation


Key knowledge and skills required for the role:

  • CIPD qualified and/or extensive experience of organisational change (restructures, relocations etc.)
  • Experience of managing projects
  • Good knowledge and experience in employment law/employee relations issues and working with unions
  • Commercial and strongly business-aligned, active in addressing the needs of the business
  • Proven ability to think strategically and see the “big picture”
  • Strong influencing/interpersonal skills, based on passion about people and their contribution to business success
  • Pragmatic and practical, with a demonstrated capacity to make things happen and drive change to transform business performance Customer focused
  • Retail experience desirable but not essential


In return we can offer you:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Excellent training & development opportunities
  • Paid Holidays
  • Workplace pension scheme
  • Staff Discount
  • Childcare Vouchers, Travel Loans and more…


If you want to help us with our purpose, of looking after people’s most precious thing, their health and wellbeing, and you're keen to progress your career with a business that's going to disrupt the market, then join us.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy in advance of the closing date.