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HR Associate - 12 MTH Maternity Cover

Date: 14-Jan-2022

Location: Hull, GB

Company: ABP

We’re the UK's largest ports operator with a network of 21 ports around Britain. We handle around one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade and contribute £7.5 billion to our economy every year.

It’s a story we’re proud of but it doesn’t end there. We’re transforming our business and embracing the future.

We offer a vast range of roles spanning the UK, all rooted in a culture that welcomes diversity, fosters talent, encourages internal movement and progression, and places safety as our number one priority.




HR Associate  


Making our ambitions a reality

Associated British Ports (ABP) is a major port operator with 21 port locations across the UK. We handle around 100 million tonnes of cargo across a range of different industries and contribute £7.5bn to the UK economy every year.


We have a CHRO with vision. She’s looking to build a team of talented and experienced professionals who will drive a level of change that will set the pace and direction not only for ABP, but for our industry.


Who we need:

Working closely with the HR Business Partner teams to support the effective implementation of the HR strategy.

Primarily an entry-level role into the HR profession it will be important for the job holder to demonstrate curiosity and seek to understand how HR adds value to a business by applying theory to practice.


It will be important to gain understanding of the business area, provide insights from people data and evidence, connect with members of the HR Function and managers within the relevant business area.



You will:

  • Seek to understand the people plan within the Region / business function.
  • Lead on defined projects across the business as required by the HRBP team, for example, annual pay review and bonus schemes.
  • Coordinate HR activities as required such as onboarding, recruitment planning and learning needs.
  • Provide support to people managers, coaching on people processes such as Talking You / PDR, joiners and leavers.
  • Educate people managers on self-service to encourage them to maintain up-to-date and accurate people and organisational data.
  • Run reports and create KPI dashboards to support analysis of people data and trends.
  • Apply HR policies and procedures as appropriate and, with the support of the HRBP team, provide coaching and guidance to line managers on first stage employee relations cases i.e. sickness, disciplinaries, grievances and business change.
  • Support in note taking in disciplinary/grievance hearings as required
  • Prepare highly confidential/sensitive documents/reports where necessary with accurate attention to detail



Your experience & qualities:

  • Graduate degree and CIPD qualified (level 5) or working towards qualification.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Highly curious and driven to try to understand the ABP business model
  • Numerate and able to understand and analyse data.
  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment whilst maintaining a proactive approach.
  • Flexible and able to work well under pressure.
  • Excellent IT skills to include working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, especially excel



  • Experience of working within a generalist HR team.
  • Project Management skills or experience
  • SAP/Success factors
  • Working in a ports/logistics/operational industry



We look after our people

As well as a competitive salary and performance-related bonus, you’ll get access to our generous pension scheme, life assurance, private healthcare for you and your family, and 26 days of annual leave, with the opportunity to purchase more.




Additional Information:

When joining ABP you will find an environment that is both welcoming and challenging. We reward our employees well and offer a generous remuneration package, employer pension, private health insurance and a range of other benefits.
Please note that ABP undertake random screening for substance abuse and operate a zero-tolerance policy. A medical will be required before starting this position also.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their background, which helps us to provide a diverse and inclusive working environment.