HR Talent Officer

About the HR Talent Officer

We are seeking a highly motivated, extremely organised and detail-oriented HR Talent Officer with generalist experience and primary focus on Talent to join our expanding team in our London office. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well-established, highly-regarded, and entrepreneurial-minded organisation. The Talent Officer will coordinate all aspects of talent acquisition and onboarding, as well as support with other HR and operational tasks as needed. This role will report in to the UK-based HR Manager and work closely on talent initiatives with the NY HRD.

This is an operational and hands-on role that requires a very high level of organizational skill and attention to detail. We have a busy HR function based in London, but we support employees globally. We deal with many email inquiries, and would really benefit from a system-minded officer that can assist us in streamlining our talent acquisition, benefits, onboarding, payroll, and office administration processes. We offer a supportive, flexible, and friendly work environment with a top-notch benefits package, competitive holiday allowance (including a week off during Christmas), and work/life balance.

Our ideal candidate is very organised, accurate, and doesn’t miss even the smallest detail. S/he is comfortable interacting with employees at all levels, is proficient with technology, Excel and very comfortable with numbers, and is a whiz at creating and managing internal filing systems (electronically). In addition, you understand the importance of communication at all times – email, site-sharing (i.e. SharePoint), and in-person. Given the great deal of internal communications, policies, and procedures that we circulate within HR, being able to not only keep up with changing regulations but also understanding how to communicate and make accessible to the masses is incredibly important.

Essential Functions
  • Plans, organises, and coordinates the talent acquisition and onboarding, and general activities related to the Human Resources (HR) functions on a regional and global level
  • Supports HR staff, including UK and US based HR staff, to resolve human resource problems, coordinate various processes, and process payroll
  • Assists with identifying optimal solutions that meet the needs of the talent acquisition and HR functions by recommending process improvements, system enhancements and alternatives based on specific needs
Recruitment and Onboarding:
  • Primary talent/recruitment liaison for the HR recruiting team
  • Responsible to maintain, update and implement new recruitment strategies
  • Work closely with HRD and global recruitment stakeholders to identify and implement talent initiatives
  • Lead the recruitment and onboard new staff; assist with developing, engaging and retaining talent
  • Oversee the recruitment of the Graduate programme and Apprentice Scheme
  • Ability to establish and maintain a strong network in the industry in order to gain access to qualified candidates who may not be actively looking for new opportunities
  • Develop an active recruitment pipeline across relevant open positions
  • Responsible for sourcing, screening, scheduling, supporting and preparing employment agreements for the hiring manager and HR Manager to review
  • Enrolls employees in benefits and similar programs
  • Follows systems for onboarding and exits (in the form of checklists within Excel or other tasking program)
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining recruitment and new staff trackers ensuring all information is updated in a timely manner with no discrepancies
  • Provide reports on key sourcing and recruiting metrics, and analyzing trends for continuous improvements
  • Lead essential weekly collaborative recruitment team meetings, provide updates, brainstorm, and share news on market conditions and trends
  • Supports the HR Manager with preparation of documentation for secondments and transfers – sourcing relevant information
  • Arrange intercompany transfers as needed
  • Complete special projects as related to talent as assigned
  • Assists with processing monthly payrolls for UK, Europe, Asia and Middle east based employees
  • Assists with Payroll queries
  • Assists with requests from state agencies for quarterly filing reports; troubleshooting errors
  • Update employment changes to personal records on our HR system and individuals’ files
  • Record all new hires, transfers, terminations, changes in jobs, hours, salaries and personal information
  • Produce monthly and adhoc HR reports
  • Assist London HR team to ensure the annual performance management process is followed in line with the company deadlines
  • Assist with the graduate training programme and co-ordinate the various training sessions liaising with both the graduates and the line managers, keeping the HR Manager updated
  • Work with the London office Administrator to provide reception cover for lunch breaks and holidays as required, as well as ongoing administrative support
  • Answer incoming phone calls and receive visitors when on reception duty
  • Assist with ensuring Health and Safety standards are implemented and maintained in the London and Belfast offices (First aiders, First aid kits, Fire wardens)
  • Assisting with the organisation of the Summer staff party in London
  • Previous experience in a busy, fast paced environment working in HR administration, talent acquisition, recruiting or generalist HR role
  • Experience with HR data and reporting
  • Sound understanding of employment practices and UK employment laws and legislation
  • Works calmly under pressure, with confidentiality and discretion
  • Strong literacy, numeracy and IT skills including MS Office and strong excel skills
  • Strong eye for detail and accuracy
  • Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic approach to work
  • Able to demonstrate initiative, be proactive and offer a solution-oriented approach
  • Able to work autonomously and make timely and considered decisions, but knows when to escalate
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish good working relationships with a variety of stakeholders at all levels
  • Keen interest in people HR and study towards the CIPD qualification

Oxford Economics is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

About Oxford Economics

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