HR Advisor - EMEA & Australia

Job ID
United Kingdom-London
Human Resources


WE Communications, one of the world’s largest independent integrated communications agencies, is looking for driven professionals to join our highly successful office in London. With an office in the heart of Covent Garden, we are keen to bolster our ranks with a HR Advisor to join our super-talented Operational Team.  Our London office is one of 18 across the globe, and it’s expanding rapidly. We work across time zones and continents. Our clients are innovative and so is our work – and importantly, our employees come first.


We are currently looking for a first-class HR practitioner to become an integral part of our multi-faceted operational team, supporting colleagues in the UK, Germany, South Africa and Australia.  You will be involved in all aspects of the employee life-cycle; this includes working with talent acquisition on start-to-end recruitment, on-boarding and leavers, PM, compensation and benefits, legal compliance, employee relations and payroll


The HR Advisor will provide a true generalist HR support across the management and employee population and is a great opportunity for someone with excellent HR knowledge and a commercial eye to get stuck in and take the next step towards further progression in their HR career. 



Main Accountabilities:

General HR

  • Coordinate the onboarding process: preparation of pre-employment paperwork, Offer packs, reference checking, background checks
  • Update and maintain HRIS to ensure accurate records
  • Responsible for all employee HR administration

ER and Compliance

  • Administers proactive programs, procedures and plans related to employee relations activities including Talent review cycle 
  • Assist in the development and coordination of regional best practice
  • Provide guidance and training to employees and managers on ER issues
  • Ensures that legal requirements are met in terms of employee relations to minimise exposure to liability – across varying legalities in EMEA and Australia
  • Ensuring all policies and procedures are updated according to legislative changes and keeping abreast of future requirements
  • Management of international assignments and visa application process
  • Liaise with regional law firms to manage ER concerns and separations
  • Annual B-BBEE project(s), including skills development and employee equity
  • Ad-hoc project management


Compensation and Benefits

  • Oversees payroll
  • Oversees the full Pension Auto Enrolment process
  • Manage the regional benefits offering



Key Attributes of the Candidate:


Personal Management and Style:

  • Is committed to delivering and exceeding expectations
  • Is able to manage ambiguity and be pragmatic
  • Shows patience and tenacity
  • Drives efficiency and best practice
  • Innovates and has the ability to deliver change
  • Is flexible and responsive to changing priorities


Previous proven experience:

  • At least 4+ years commercial HR experience
  • Highly Proficient in Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge and sound working experience of HR/Payroll software
  • Experience of working with senior management and offering counsel
  • UK employment law experience, whilst Germany, South Africa and Australia desirable
  • Service driven with proven ability to work to tight deadlines



  • Fast paced team environment (frequent tight deadlines, multitasking, etc.)
  • Strong customer service orientation


Company Values & Competencies:

Courage               –             Initiative and Resilience

Collaboration    –               Partnership and Interpersonal Skills

Purpose               –             Results Driven and Future Focused

Excellence          –             Client Focus and Developing Self and Others

Imagination       –             Ingenuity and Agility      





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