HR Adviser (0.6 FTE)

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Church House Guildford, 20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford
Competitive salary with generous pension provision

We’re seeking an experienced HR Adviser to provide comprehensive support to our HR team and to our colleagues across the Diocese. Your role will encompass a wide range of activities, including recruitment, payroll and all aspects of HR employee administration. An increasingly important aspect of the role is the provision of HR support to our clergy and parishes across the Diocese.


  • To provide HR support for recruitment projects and processes, i.e. work closely with the HR Partner and line managers to identify requirements, ensure that job and person specifications are prepared, job application packs and advertisements are prepared, approved and issued
  • To provide support for the clergy recruitment processes, working closely with the Archdeacons’ office and the HR Partner
  • To facilitate short-listing processes and make arrangements for interview panels
  • To prepare job offers and contracts, take up references and co-ordinate all other associated pre-employment checks
  • To support the preparation and rollout out of a comprehensive induction for new employees, together with line managers

Policies and Pay

  • To support the rollout of updated HR policies, processes and procedures
  • To prepare the staff payroll, liaising with the Finance team, for review with the HR Partner


  • To advise managers on HR policies and procedures across a range of HR topics, including recruitment, performance management, employment practices, disciplinary and grievance processes
  • To manage staff sickness absence and the online holiday records system
  • To administer staff annual appraisals
  • To provide administrative support for the planning for and rollout of an HR Information System (HRIS)
  • To support on the processing of staff documentation from recruitment through to leaving
  • To keep up-to-date on employment legislation and HR best practices
  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as requested by the HR and Safeguarding Director and HR Partner

HR for clergy

  • To manage clergy sickness absence records
  • To provide administrative support for clergy moves, e.g. to administer ordinand grants, in conjunction with the Finance team



  • At least Diploma level of education or equivalent
  • CIPD qualified, or in the process of working towards CIPD qualification, or relevant equivalent HR experience


  • Degree level of education

Experience (able to evidence)


  • Previous experience of operating in a professional environment such as legal services or a large charity/public sector organisation
  • Providing HR advice to managers
  • Experience of and involvement with recruitment processes


  • Managing recruitment projects
  • Experience of implementing an HR Information System (HRIS)



  • Good working knowledge of UK employment legislation and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations
  • Knowledge and understanding of personalities and behavioural styles in order to work collaboratively


  • Knowledge of the Church of England, its organisation and governance structures
  • Knowledge of applying HR knowledge within the Church of England legislative framework



  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Solutions-orientated approach to resolving situations or issues
  • Delivery-orientated, understands what is important to key stakeholders
  • A clear communicator, with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good analytical and numeracy skills, with good attention to accuracy and detail


  • Strong IT/systems aptitude

The Diocese of Guildford covers the western two-thirds of Surrey and a significant area of north-east Hampshire. It also includes one parish in a London borough and one in rural West Sussex. In the north-east, it is largely suburban, but moving south and west, there are a number of distinct towns and numerous villages. The south-west has a more rural feel to it, but the north-east is largely suburban. The population is just over a million, rising in line with the national rate.

The Diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 161 parishes.A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and also work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional and national levels.

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the vision of the Diocese of Guildford, launched in September 2016 following a long period of prayer and consultation. It envisages individuals and church communities open to the transforming work of God’s Spirit in their own lives, and so becoming agents of Christ’s transformation to the world around them.