Fixed Term HR Adviser (Maternity Cover)

Job Description

Job Title:         HR Adviser – 1 year Maternity Cover

Location:         Grantham – with some travel required

Reporting to:   HR Director

What we are looking for

We have a fantastic opportunity for an HR Adviser to join our HR team for a 1 year fixed term as maternity cover. As a company we have recently launched our People Strategy looking at areas such as Culture, Well-being, Performance Management and Resilience so it’s an exciting time to join us.

This is an involved role covering a variety of HR activities including supporting our team members, managers and Directors with day to day HR activities as well as significant project work for our People Strategy.

Of equal importance you will spend a significant part of your time delivering HR advice and support to our established client base via phone, email or face to face and will manage your own client projects.  

You’ll be stepping into an established and friendly team of HR professionals with a reputation for pragmatic advice and great service. No two days are the same so you should be up for a challenge and able to work well as part of a team as well as autonomously, though you will be given full support whenever you need it.

Being a varied support role, this would suit someone with previous experience of working in a busy HR team, who is friendly and flexible, with a positive, can-do attitude and looking for an opportunity to further enhance their skills and experience.



  • To work with the HR team to provide day to day support to team members, managers and Directors on a wide range of HR related topics as well as involvement with HR projects for our People Strategy.
  • To be responsible for your own administration and preparation of work.
  • To provide a quality HR service, via telephone, email or face to face to our established external client base. This includes advising managers or business owners on a wide range of operational HR issues, taking into consideration current legislation and best practice coupling that with the needs and requirements of the client, and to follow up this guidance with any documentation, guidance notes or work as required by the client.
  • To work with our internal clients and internally to review and update policies, procedures and associated documentation.
  • Whilst not essential if you have the skills or are interested to learn you will also be able to devise and deliver training for our clients and internally within the firm.

Role Details

Location:        Grantham – with some travel required

Reporting to:  HR Director

Duration:        Fixed Term (Maternity Cover) 1 year

Hours:             37.5 per week

Benefits:         Competitive






Educational attainment:

GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent)

MCIPD qualified or equivalent


Full UK driving license







Knowledge and experience:


Experience of dealing with a range of HR queries in a busy HR environment

Up-to-date understanding and knowledge of UK employment law

Fully competent with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and the web.

Training experience including writing and delivering training either in house or to clients












Skills and qualities 

Excellent communication skills and confident in building relationships

Close attention to detail and working in a systematic manner

Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritise workload

Commercial awareness

Delivery focused and practical with the ability to deal confidently and discreetly with all enquiries

Self-disciplined and able to work autonomously

Ability to work to deadlines

Ability to work unsupervised














About us

Duncan & Toplis is one of the largest independent firms of chartered accountants in the East Midlands region. Our 11 Offices are located in Lincolnshire (Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Louth, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, and Stamford), Leicestershire (Loughborough and Melton Mowbray), and Nottinghamshire (Newark).

Across our group of companies we employ approximately 450 people. Our size and structure means we are able to deliver a range of services you would expect from a larger firm, but with the personal contact and value associated with a smaller firm.

Our people are specialists in their respective fields, whether in accountancy and audit, taxation or VAT, payroll, human resources or IT services.

Our clients are typically SMEs, family run businesses and private individuals to whom we provide a high level of expertise in sectors including agriculture, caravan parks, education, food, haulage and logistics, medical, property and construction and renewables. We act as auditors, accountants and tax advisers to a wide range of clients , providing services such as audits, compliance reporting, bookkeeping, VAT, tax returns, corporate tax advice, annual and management accounts, audit, payroll and HR.

We take great pride in getting to know our clients’ businesses inside and out, and aim to be a partner you can trust to provide strength, direction and value for you and your business.

Making a difference

As current holders of both the ICAEW East Midlands Large Accountancy Firm of the Year Award, a GOLD mark of distinction from Investors in Customers and Number 30 in the Top 100 Accountancy firms, Duncan & Toplis is a great place to apply and explore your talents.

We love to champion our team members, and we pride ourselves in being able to attract and retain top talent from across our region.

Our flexible working and benefits schemes are hugely competitive, and we reward our team members for their loyalty, hard work, and the results they achieve. Whether you want to learn new skills, increase your fitness or just save money on a luxury purchase, our team member perks enable you to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

Actively involved in our local communities, we take our social responsibility seriously and encourage our team members to get involved in supporting local initiatives, whilst on a global level, we are members of Kreston International, which means that our team members are supported by over 25,000 peer professionals, from 200+ firms around the world.

By creating a positive working environment, we position our team right at the heart of everything we do – after all that’s why our clients continually choose to work with us!

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