People and Culture Advisor – Part-Time

About Montane

Montane is one of the fastest-growing premium outdoor brands in Europe. We specialise in creating technical outdoor clothing, backpacks and accessories, where design and performance are of the highest quality. We have a friendly, dynamic, and ambitious team motivated by a love of the outdoors and with a passion for producing exceptional products. We are represented in many territories around the world and have a head office in Northumberland, a showroom in the Lake District and a showroom in Munich.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a People and Culture Advisor to join our team, this is a new role which we are introducing to support the growth of the business. At Montane we push boundaries in performance, building timeless and versatile product that enables people to achieve their goals in the outdoors. The People and Culture Advisor will report to the Head of People and Culture, and will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of people and culture strategies and initiatives that align with the company's objectives and values and promote a positive work environment. They will work closely with the Head of People and Culture and managers across the business to address employee needs, enhance engagement, increase performance and support business results and growth. The ideal candidate will have experience of working in HR or People and Culture roles in fast pace commercial businesses, with a focus on employee relations, talent acquisition, and organisational development, they will come with a strong understanding of employment law, and will be highly organised, have excellent attention to detail and be able to multitask and work at pace.

Key Responsibilities

The People and Culture Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Being a primary point of contact for managers and employees, providing guidance and support on HR policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Address employee concerns and grievances in a timely and confidential manner, ensuring fair and equitable resolution.
  • Conduct investigations as necessary and recommend appropriate actions to address concerns.
  • Effective management of employee attendance processes.
  • Promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Support the Head of People and Culture with the end-to-end recruitment process, including job postings, candidate sourcing, interviewing, offer and contracts.
  • Partner with hiring managers to understand workforce needs and develop recruitment strategies to attract and retain top talent.
  • Facilitate the onboarding process for new hires, ensuring a smooth transition and integration into the organisation.
  • Support the performance review process by providing guidance on goal setting, performance reviews, and development planning.
  • Provide guidance and coaching to managers on performance management best practices and techniques for enhancing employee performance and development.
  • Collaborate with the Head of People and Culture to design and deliver relevant training programs and initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of relevant employment laws and regulations and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Update and maintain HR documentation, including employee handbooks, policies, and procedures, to reflect current legal requirements and best practices.
  • Develop and implement initiatives to foster a positive work environment, enhance employee engagement, team building and promote employee well-being.
  • Conduct surveys and gather feedback to assess employee satisfaction and identify areas for improvement.
  • Support the Head of People and Culture with effective communication across the business.
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement across people and culture processes and initiatives.
  • Support with the identification and implementation of any new benefits as well as ensuring accurate management of existing benefit schemes.

Key Requirements:

The successful candidate will have:

  • Relevant degree in Human Resources or CIPD Level 5 qualified.
  • At least 3 years of experience in HR roles ideally in commercial businesses, with a focus on employee relations, talent acquisition, and organisational development.
  • Strong understanding of HR principles, practices, and employment laws.
  • Experience in disciplinary, grievance, and investigations.
  • A strong understanding of and sound ability to apply core people practices, processes and approaches across the employee lifecycle.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport and collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion and integrity.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of initiative with the ability to effectively prioritise tasks, manage own time and work accurately with attention to detail
  • Friendly, approachable, professional and attentive.
  • Strong collaborative team player.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure, time manage and work to deadlines.
  • Good problem-solving skills, flexible, pragmatic, and commercial approach.
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • A keen interest in the outdoors is ideal but not essential.

Benefits:

  • Friendly and Supportive Team
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
  • Cycle Scheme
  • 25 Days Holiday Plus Bank Holidays, Increasing with Length of Service
  • Holiday Carry Over Days
  • Employer Pension Contributions
  • Core Hours and Flexible Start and Finish Times
  • Work From Home Days
  • Generous Discounts on a Wide Range of Products and Brands

The outdoors is everyone’s playground

At Montane we are ‘All In’, we are passionate about encouraging diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities. Everyone has a part to play, and each person contributes to our success. The diverse backgrounds, experience and commitment of our team members enables us to keep innovating and pushing boundaries through our brand and product.

Location: Northumberland.

Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience.

Contract: Permanent, Part-Time

Closing Date: 19/05/24

Apply by submitting a covering letter and CV to: Recruitment@Montane.com

Please Note: If a good volume of suitable applicants are received, this vacancy might close before the date advertised, therefore please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in the role.

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