HR People Manager/Business Partner - Thames Valley in Reading at Haines Watts

Date Posted: 3/26/2021

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HR People Manager/Business Partner (Generalist) - Thames Valley

Our DNA is built on 3 core values;

We VALUE RELATIONSHIPS - showing curiosity and empathy with both our colleagues and clients

We show PASSION - taking initiative and being driven to constantly improve our service

We are AUTHENTIC - our people are self-aware, genuine and inclusive

These values are driven by our people and guide our firms' behaviour and how we operate in the marketplace. If you believe you share our DNA we would like to present you the following opportunity.

Haines Watts are a top 15 accountancy firm specialising within the owner managed business area nationwide. A well-established firm whose journey goes back over 90 years, we have retained our entrepreneurial and dynamic ethos and continue to grow nationally as well as regionally.

We are currently recruiting for a talented and ambitious HR People Manager to join our expanding team, covering a portfolio across the South East region (Reading, Wokingham, Farnborough, Slough, Oxford, Godalming). This is a truly generalist role where the incumbent will have the opportunity to get involved with all touchpoints of the employee life cycle, with support from a dedicated and experienced Talent Acquisition team and L&D Lead.

This is an autonomous role, allowing the successful candidate the freedom to really take the reign and make an impactful contribution. They will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved in some of the more operational activities, such as ensuring new joiners are on boarded, probations are completed, development plans are in place etc.

In return, the role is offering a competitive salary with great career progression within the firm and great benefits package (including car allowance).

The incumbent's duties will be:

  • Working closely with the office Managing Partners and Department Heads, under the direction of the Head of HR, to provide a commercial HR service to our South East offices
  • Driving consistent policies and procedures across numerous offices
  • The remit of the role will focus on proactive HR support and advice to your client groups, driving engagement action plans, completion of annual salary review for your offices, oversight of on boarding, provision of management information/analysis delivery of learning and development initiatives and employee relations issues as they arise.
  • Driving process improvement projects and streamlining activities
  • Providing generalist support on a range of HR and employment issues
  • Acting as a business partner and coaching internal clients
  • Project work


  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Strong analytical mind-set and comfort working with numbers
  • Exposure to complex employment relations issues
  • Excellent organisation skills, with the ability to multi-task
  • Strong IT skills, with a good working knowledge of MS Office
  • Have high attention to detail
  • Relationship management through influence and gravitas

Personal Qualities

  • Team Player
  • Resilience
  • Approachability and availability
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Flexibility

Reasonable travel to offices across the South East will be required. The opportunity has the ability to accommodate a part-time working arrangement.

If you are an authentic, passionate Human Resources professional, who values relationships and wants to secure a role within a unique top 15 accountancy firm who offer great career progression, please apply today!

We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to Haines Watts by any means. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the Haines Watts Recruitment team, Haines Watts reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.