Human Capital – HR Advisory

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What will my day be like in HR Advisory?

Your day to day activities will be different and varied according to the project you are part of. There will also be times when you not tagged to a project and it will be your responsibility to contribute to business development for the team by helping with proposals, meetings and workshops. One of the things our graduates tell us they appreciate about our job is the variety of different types of work you will be involved in. You may be involved in organising and participating in client facing meetings, internal meetings, analysing companies, creating slides for proposals, analysing clients’ issues and solving problems. You could be based on client site 5 days a week, sometimes less, and at other times you could be based 5 days a week in the office. There is no typical week and you will experience diverse schedules. Projects are varied and the HR Advisory team offers flexibility to its members.

You will work with leading private and public sector organisations throughout the UK and abroad, helping them identify and address complex business problems. As a member of the HR Advisory team, you’ll have the opportunity to work across all three of our service offerings:

Enabling Business Performance through People

Changing how HR works by ensuring their activities and initiatives are directly connected to and focused upon business performance via integration into the wider business plans. These engagements typically include business and HR analytics, development and execution of integrated people strategies and talent programmes.

HR Function Effectiveness

Our HR Functional Effectiveness proposition focuses upon transforming HR functions, enabling them to operate more effectively and efficiently. This could include improving their operating model, processes, enabling technologies, or developing the capability of people within the HR function.

Business Change Enablement

This area supports clients to address the people aspects of mergers & acquisitions, divestments or business restructuring. Engagements in this area typically include due diligence, reporting, organisation design, culture and integration and talent mapping.

As a member of the HR Advisory team, you’ll gain a breadth of experience by working across a variety of industries and geographic locations depending on the project you are working on. You’re day will typically involve completing analysis and research, conducting client interviews and helping to develop proposals and recommendations. HRA has ambitious growth targets and, as such, you will also have the opportunity to get involved in developing material to support our internal HRA processes and go to market propositions.

What are we looking for?

We do value academic qualifications in Human Resources, however, of equal importance; we look for graduates who are inquisitive, analytical, ambitious and great at working with people. You'll need to be a good team player and demonstrate the potential to become a future business leader. You'll need to be prepared to challenge us, to act on your own initiative and to make a positive impact on our teams and clients from day one.

What training and development will I receive?

In your first year, you'll start with an intensive induction course to develop your core consulting skills and assist you in building your networks. You will also have the opportunity to study towards CIPD at MOL, which is a qualification of particular relevance to the HR profession. You will find that by studying it, you are able to offer greater insight to client conversations and client work.

The work is very demanding and you’ll need to learn fast. The training and development you receive is second to none, and will support you in gaining the expertise and experience you need to build yourself an excellent reputation and have a real impact in your area of specialism. The skills and experience you pick up will help you to drive your career further, faster.

Entry requirements:

You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree or have graduated with an honours degree.