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About IPL
The IPL Group of companies are here to support Asda’s mission to help their customers to save money and live better lives. We are one of the largest privately-owned food processing businesses in the UK. We have thousands of colleagues across our Group companies’ multiple sites in the UK and in our country offices around the world.
The IPL Group is comprised of IPL, Forza and Kober. IPL’s biggest area is fresh produce but we also focus on a number of other areas including beverages, protein and nuts. We procure everything from Australian Chardonnay, to Kenyan flowers; South African citrus fruits, to British strawberries. Forza and Kober focus on their brilliant cooked meats and bacon ranges. Across the entire IPL Group, our buyers work hard to ensure we source the very best products at the very best price.
About the role
We are seeking an experienced HR Specialist to join the team at our IPL site in our Sittingbourne site. The successful candidate will play a key role in the people team and providing first class HR specialist advice to senior members within their area of responsibility. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to take the next step in their career by joining a global business with a £2 billion turnover.
Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Be an integral member of the HR operational team whilst working closely with the wider people team to drive consistency across the group
  • Proactively and effectively support business leaders to manage ER cases ensuring they are in line with company policy and current legislation
  • Escalate any complex ER issues to the relevant leaders within the business
  • Coach and develop Leaders to that will improve performance and create a more engaged team and allow leaders to manage their own teams
  • Work with the HR team to deliver the ‘Great Place to Work’ strategy
  • Provide accurate management information and advice to the site leadership to deliver improvement on absence and retention
  • Work with the HR Advisor and OH provider to support absence cases and ensure process is followed and all cases are managed end to end
  • Act as a champion to promote a culture that inspires colleagues to perform their highest potential, whilst ensuring the people plans are in place for future business opportunities enhancing career development and colleague engagement
  • Ensure adherence to the company STEP values and promote the right culture within the site business unit
  • Support the operation in the delivery of strategies that will support the business to attract, retain and develop the best talent
Experience Required:
  • Proven track record of Senior HR Advisor experience
  • Expert knowledge of generalist HR preferably Level 5 CIPD qualified or working towards.
  • Experience within a similar role
  • Ability to project manage and drive change through influencing and engaging key stakeholders
  • Positive role model with ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Have the ability to coach and nurture talent to allow colleagues to achieve their full potential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels
  • Previous Generalist HR experience including TUPE transfer and working with Trade Unions.
  • Ability to influence and challenge decision makers.
  • Highly organised and able to work to deadlines.
  • The ability to build & maintain strong working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to organise and prioritise diverse and complex workloads
Desirable Experience Required:
  • Working with Trade Unions
  • Experience of working in a Manufacturing or Warehouse Distribution environment
What’s in it for you:
We are a rapidly growing and exciting business, dedicated to the development of our colleagues and committed to creating a great place to work. In order to grow we need to find people already living our Values – Supportive, Trailblazing, Engaging and Principled. In return we will offer you development, a competitive salary and benefits package; inclusive of paid holiday, pension scheme, bonus, social events and free car parking and the chance to be part of local, entrepreneurial arm of the worlds’ leading retailer.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
  • Additional leave
  • Casual dress
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discounts
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
Supplemental pay types:
  • Bonus scheme
Application question(s):
  • Do you have the legal right to work in the UK for the contracted hours of this role?

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