HR Advisor

Human Resources
Department (and Section)
Human Resources - HR
Closing Date
Officer / Advisor / Executive / Coordinator
Position Type
Full-Time / Permanent
Advertised Salary
£33,788 p.a. (Inclusive of London Weighting)
London Weighting


We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct.

Role Profile

ZSL is looking for a HR Advisor to provide a professional, consistent and effective HR advisory and recruitment service to support the London Zoo and Central Functions teams based across the organisation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide a comprehensive, professional HR advisory service to support the Senior HR Business Partner, ensuring that a consistent and fair approach is taken across all departments in the UK , with occasional support for Whipsnade as required.
  • Advising staff and managers on how to deal with HR issues, People policies and employment law.
  • Lead on advising line managers on managing flexible working and maternity/paternity/adoption leave ensuring consistent and fair processes are followed.
  • Lead on investigations/meetings and on grievance and disciplinary issues and meetings.
  • Monitor sickness levels ensuring that the sickness policy and process is applied as appropriate and supporting managers with sickness review meetings
  • Ensuring that high recruitment and selection standards are maintained: including but not limited to collaborating with managers on adverts and job descriptions, liaising with agencies as appropriate, placing adverts on intranet and in relevant channels, managing applications on Icims, arranging interviews and interviewing candidates where appropriate, attending career fayres, appointing candidates and working with HR administrator to arrange contracts.

Person Specification

  • Graduate member or working towards CIPD or equivalent experience
  • Experience in a HR advisory experience, ideally in a complex organisation
  • Experience of managing complex employee relations casework
  • Experience of writing, developing and implementing policies, procedures and best practice guidelines
  • Excellent project management, research, analysis and planning experience
  • Experience of using HR and recruitment databases and other IT systems
  • Experience of working on organisational restructures

Please find attached the full job description here


What do we offer?


You will have access to a blended program of Wellbeing initiatives, including confidential access to our 24/7 Employee Assistance Program as well as regular webinars and activities around mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. The opportunity to be part of an organisation that is committed to improving diversity and inclusion.


Other benefits include 25 days holiday, life assurance, stakeholder pension (employer contribution is matched up to 12%), complimentary zoo tickets with a 30% discount in shops and online, subsidised canteen, enhanced paternity and maternity leave, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership and access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities.


Ultimately, you’ll know that you’ll help us to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wildlife going extinct. 

To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at


Please note: You may be contacted for an interview upon application


The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.


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