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We have two passions – people and business relationships. We believe they both matter. And when both are finely tuned, organisations thrive.

People Business enables organisations to improve their people practices and business performance. Our specialist consultancy services stretch across the full spectrum of HR and talent activities.

We are currently looking for a self-employed Associate HR Consultant, please read on for more information.

Self-employed Associate HR Consultant

We welcome applications from interested HR associates (self-employed/freelancers) to join our growing consultancy business in Surrey on a flexible work pattern (on an ad-hoc basis and as client workload requires it) to support the varying demands of a wide-ranging client portfolio.

The consultant service will be across all HR disciplines including recruitment and selection; employee relations; employment legislation; employee engagement; talent management and learning and development.

You will also play your part in developing relationships and business with existing clients as well as generating new business opportunities for the team, responding to enquiries, preparing proposals and pitching for work.

The Role

Working in partnership with the PB HR team as an Associate Consultant, you will support Directors and Senior Managers from a variety of different industries to plan, develop and deliver HR initiatives and particular projects.

Main Responsibilities

  • On a project basis, supporting HR clients remotely and at times on site.
  • Assisting with complex employee relations cases such as investigations, disciplinaries, grievances, redundancy and organisational change programmes.
  • Co-ordinating client projects, providing management information to ensure that key objectives are achieved to our clients’ satisfaction.

Knowledge, skills and experience required

Competencies & Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to provide appropriate advice, guidance and support to managers, staff and employee representatives.
  • A highly effective communicator with the ability to clearly and concisely articulate ideas both verbally and in writing.
  • The ability to identify and limit employment law risk to an organisation.
  • Ability to manage large consulting projects, managing internal and external stakeholders for successful outcomes while paying strict attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide practical, solution-driven initiatives that are perceived as quickly adding value to the business.
  • Self-managing and self-motivated.

Qualifications, Training and Experience


  • Proven experience in a Consultant role and experience of operating at a Senior HR / HRD level.
  • MCIPD-qualified or equivalent qualification.
  • Good depth of experience in more than one HR discipline.
  • Extensive and up to date employment law knowledge.
  • IT literate with MS Office.
  • Experience of working with a range of clients across the Private and Not for Profit sectors.


  • This role will require flexibility in that the work will be sporadic, ad-hoc and often with short time frames to deliver.
  • It will involve spending time in the PB office in Ottershaw, Surrey and potentially travel to London and other sites where our clients are based.

 If this opportunity is of interest, please email with the following: 

  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Which days of the week you are available for work
  • Day rate

 By return we will send you a self-assessment questionnaire as part of our selection process.

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