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HR Manager (Employee Relations)

Job description

HR Manager (Employee Relations)

South Region 

Location: Oxford area, hybrid or home working

Salary: up to £37k 

Who are we? 

Parkwood Leisure manage leisure facilities on behalf of local authorities. We employ over 4,000 people across our leisure centres, golf courses, theatres and visitor attraction centres. Our mission is to create and maintain sustainable, lasting partnerships to help build happier and healthier local communities.

What are we looking for?

We have an opportunity for a People Relations Manager looking after our South East and South West/Wales region. This role is about supporting our regional directors and centre managers with their people issues and working alongside the wider HR team to implement the people strategy. We are looking for someone with a strong knowledge of employment law and HR best practice. You will have an extensive track record of managing employee relations casework, end-to-end in a fast paced multi site environment.

More about the role:

Some of the key results for the role include:

  • Take ownership and respond positively and with pace to complex employee relations issues including disciplinary, grievance, performance, absence management both informally and formally within the regions, supporting and coaching leaders to a timely conclusion

  • Work with the managers to provide HR expertise to develop their people and to support business objectives by providing technical advice and knowledge on the full employee life-cycle

  • Exercise judgement and autonomy in implementing satisfactory outcomes to employee relations issues

  • Ensure an up-to-date knowledge of employment law, case law, industry best practice and wider people-related issues

  • Work closely with management and employees to improve working relationships, build morale and increase productivity and retention

  • Use management data to review patterns and trends to provide proactive insights

  • Design and deliver HR training and coaching to equip managers to drive performance and manage employee relations

  • Support Business Development and TUPE activity

  • Visits to sites when required to support complex cases or attend regional or ad-hoc meetings

  • Other HR projects as required


  • Proven experience in a generalist HR management role in a fast paced multi-site operation

  • Up to date employment law knowledge and an understanding of its practical application with a commercial approach

  • Experience of managing and bringing complex ER matters to a successful conclusion

  • Excellent people management skills

  • Demonstrable experience with HR metrics and the use of IT systems to produce statistics and reports

  • Full understanding of all HR functions and best practices

  • Proven ability to effectively coach employees and management through complex and difficult issues

  • Demonstrated project management skills

What can we offer you?

  • Competitive salary
  • Free gym membership for you and a nominated person at one of our centres
  • Employee health cash plan
  • Employee discount portal - discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Company sick pay
  • Career progression
  • Training and development

How to apply: Please apply online by sending a full CV.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please do so at the earliest opportunity as interviews will be held throughout the process. If you have not received correspondence within 21 days of the closing date then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

We are proud to be Equal Opportunity employers and are committed to inclusion and diversity.