Human Resources Advisor, The Economist, Editorial

Job Locations United Kingdom-London


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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from the newspaper to conferences, business information and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


We have an exciting opportunity for an HR Advisor to join our Editorial team, providing timely, comprehensive and pragmatic end to end employee lifecycle support on the full range of HR generalist activities which include but are not limited to the following:


How you will contribute:


Provide HR generalist advisory and administrative support to the Editorial team:

  • As the Data Controller for HR Editorial, ensure 100% adherence to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
    Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Support the staff transfer process, internally and overseas.
  • Provide advice and assistance on company policies and procedures to colleagues, management and the Editorial senior leadership.
  • Provide an excellent and timely employee onboarding service including the collation and retention of relevant documentation and employment contracts.
  • Conducting pre-employment checks, escalating any concerns resulting from such to the Head of HR.
  • Manage the onboarding process for agency workers and freelance contractors.
  • Produce variation of contract letters ensuring adherence to current UK employment law.
  • Record, update and maintain all employee data on the HRIS (People Hub) in line with GDPR.
  • Action company reference requests in line with company policy.
  • Maintain employee sickness records, identifying trends and highlighting long term absences to line management and Head of HR.
  • Work closely with the Group HR Team on benefits schemes administration tasks and assist with the annual renewals process.
  • Check the accuracy of external invoices received relating to HR activity and approve invoices at the appropriate point within the approval chain.
  • Liaise with payroll to communicate all salary and benefits changes ensuring 100% accuracy.
  • Manage the administration of the exit process for Editorial team colleagues.
  • Work closely with the HR department and attend all HR meetings
  • Build and maintain relationships with the Editor and wider Group functions.
  • Contribute to and assist with local and global annual and cyclical HR projects, including the annual salary and appraisal process.
  • Contribute to any other activities commensurate with the role as advised by the Head of HR or CTO.


Be a trusted advisor to the business:

  • Provide support and advice to managers and colleagues for employee relations matters, including but not limited to sickness, performance, capability and redundancy, seeking support from HR colleagues where necessary.
  • Keep up to date with changes in employment law and advise the Editorial business accordingly.


Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are: 



  • Minimum CIPD Level 5 qualified
  • Previous HR Advisor experience gained within a fast paced environment (preferably within an Editorial function, although not essential).
  • Previous experience of dealing with employee relations matters. 
  • High level of employment law knowledge, ideally gained acros an EMEA role. 
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • A collaborative approach to working with direct and indirect stakeholders.
  • Consistent delivery of excellent standards of service to all stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritise and adapt, using own judgement to manage stakeholders expectations and to deliver to agreed timeframes.
  • Excellent problem solving ability and able to provide recommendations for solutions at the point of escalation.
  • An ongoing desire to learn and develop professionally.
  • A flair for Introducing new ideas for continuous improvement of the employee experience.
  • Able to remain calm under pressure.
  • Thrives working in a dynamic fast-paced environment.



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