HR Advisor - HR Services - Part Time

24 Sep 2020
07 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Part Time

About the job Summary

We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Are you an experienced HR professional looking for a role that can offer a real work life balance?

Are looking for a role that will allow you to develop your HR skills whilst working two days a week (allowing you to focus on a busy personal life)?

Would you describe yourself as a motivated self-starter with excellent communication skills?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Job description

We have a fantastic opportunity for a HR advisor to join our team on a part time basis for 3 days a week, here at The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Reporting into the HR Services Manager you will become part of our dedicated diverse, team responsible for engaging with key stakeholders to provide high quality HR advice and proactive support on key processes such as performance management and probation. Being a subject matter expert on MCA policy and procedure, we will draw on your knowledge to work alongside HR colleagues to design and deliver bespoke tool kits and training to meet our ambitious people strategies.

Please note, whilst we are currently working from home, when we return to the office there will be a requirement for regular travel within the UK with the possibility of some overnight stays.


Duties include but are not limited to:

- Maintaining continuous professional competence on MCA policy and procedure to provide high quality and efficient HR.
- Provide advice to MCA managers and employees (including management of volunteers) within agreed SLA's.
- Work in partnership with Talent & Development to upskill managers on people processes including delivery of training interventions such as Managers Toolkit sessions, MCA Induction, delivery of bespoke and targeted management training.
- Delivering a proactive service to managers to support informal interventions for example on probation, attendance management, dispute resolution and conduct issues.
- Supporting the HR Manager (HR Services) with the liaison and management of the HR Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) contract, including arranging meetings, monitoring and managing the HR Issues Log, collating MI, assisting with the publication of communications and updates to the business, dealing with queries and customer complaints.

Full details of this exciting opportunity can be found on the attached job description.

About you

A self starter, you will bring excellent organisational skills and your ability to prioritise a busy workload. You take great pride in your work and your attention to detail is second to none. You get a real sense of achievement seeing your work through to completion. You will be flexible, confidently responding to changing priorities.

With your confident communication skills, you have no problem in varying circumstances and can tailor your tone and language to your audience. As a natural networker you enjoy liaising with stakeholders of all levels and can express yourself in a confident and concise manner.

Coming from a HR background you will utilise your already excellent skill set, if you don’t already have a CIPD we would only love to help you achieve this and would like you to have the drive and determination to do so.

About us

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) implements the government's maritime safety policy in the United Kingdom and works to prevent the loss of life and occurrence of pollution on the coast and at sea.

Safer lives, Safer ships, Cleaner seas.

Our vision is to be the best maritime safety organisation in the world.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Leadership


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to apply:
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

When considering your experience, please tailor your Personal Statement to provide evidence of how you meet the requirements of the role including:

- Your knowledge and experience of working in an HR environment

- Your experience in managing effective relationships with stakeholders

- Your experience of working within a fast paced team managing multiple work streams

The sift is due to take place on the 8th of October 2020.

Interview/assessment will be held on the 22nd October 2020.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• an interview with a written exercise.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

We may hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

We welcome applications from every part of the community and we don’t discriminate against any gender identity. We’re especially interested to hear from underrepresented groups in the DfT such as gender diverse, BAME, LGBT+ and disabled candidates.

Any move to the Department for transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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