HR Assistant

With energy costs constantly rising and climate change affecting us all, low-carbon technology has an increasingly bigger role to play in the future of UK energy.

We’re here to ensure it’s a positive one.

MCS is a mark of quality. We create and maintain standards that allow for the certification of low-carbon products, installers and their installations, used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources.

This is an exciting time to join MCS: in 2021, we reported exceptional growth and we now must continue to ensure we are at the heart of the UK’s drive to meet net-zero carbon by 2050.

Domestic energy is playing a huge part in achieving this target. However, deciding to invest in renewable energy remains a big step for many people; made more confusing by jargon and complicated financial models. MCS aims to cut through difficult language and complex processes as a way of ‘Giving people confidence in home-grown energy.’

Something ‘home-grown’ is something that matters to people personally – which they can take pride in. That’s exactly the feeling we want to create across the UK as we help more and more people embrace a home-grown energy future.

The MCS team has grown quickly over the last few years, so an exciting opportunity has arisen within our People and Culture function for a HR Assistant. Your day to day will be varied and busy and you’ll play an integral part in supporting almost 50 colleagues based across the UK.

The MCS culture including our values and behaviours are important to us and you will have the ability to help embed and deliver this further.

The role will involve undertaking a number of administrative tasks from supporting recruitment, corresponding with new starters and helping with induction, to maintaining employee records on our HR system and processing leavers.

You will have a friendly, approachable, positive attitude and be able to build relationships across the business. As well as being a confident individual with strong administration skills, you will also be highly organised and can handle multiple tasks.

This is a fast-paced environment, and you will need to be naturally self-motivated and able to use your initiative to ensure tasks are completed in a timely manner. Be flexible and adaptable to a variety of work tasks as necessary. You will be able to demonstrate continuous personal development, with the desire to continually learn and deliver HR best practice. It is essential that you are an effective communicator. Due to the nature of this role, confidentiality is key. You will have exceptional organisation, administrative and IT skills.

What we offer:

  • 25 days’ annual leave per annum – increasing to 28 days with 3 years’ service, and to 30 days with 5 years’ service (Pro-rata)
  • 8% company pension contribution
  • Access to and support with continuous professional development
  • Access to salary sacrifice schemes, such as Cycle2Work
  • Payment of a professional subscription
  • Access to a mental health first aider and counselling support
  • Provision of free fruit, tea and coffee, soft drinks and breads and spreads in the office
  • An innovative office environment that encourages collaboration
  • Attractive HR policies including enhanced maternity/paternity leave, sick leave, and emergency paid leave

Main role and responsibilities:

  • Support our Customer Operations Manager as Head of People and Culture
  • Corresponding with new starters, preparing offers letters and contracts whilst ensuring a professional and welcoming experience
  • Assisting with the creation and maintenance of MCS induction materials
  • Assisting with writing letters and providing advice relating to changes in employment, probationary reviews, maternity/paternity/shared parental leave, flexible working, holiday entitlements and reference requests
  • Responding to a variety of queries from the careers & HR email inbox
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures for all related HR activity
  • Keep track of probationary periods/reviews
  • Process leaver forms, issue exit interview surveys and collate exit interview insights.
  • Assist with training the team on new processes, HR policies and procedures.
  • Booking accommodation & travel for staff

Person Specification

Knowledge

  • Minimum of 5 years GCSEs A*- C (or 4+) including English and maths (or equivalent)
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience in an administration role
  • Good computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
  • Understanding of HR functions and best practices
  • NVQ level 2 or 3 in admin/business admin
  • CIPD qualification Level 3 or working towards
 

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Skills

  • Exceptional written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills
  • Organised and professional
  • Able to work to agreed deadlines
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal sensitively and appropriately with confidential information
  • Ability to form working relationships with people at all levels
 

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Behaviour

  • Confident and self-motivated
  • Team player who enjoys being part of a collaborative and passionate organisation
  • Natural self-starter who can work independently
  • Willingness to work flexibly and manage curveballs
 

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How to apply:

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter of no more than 2 pages, outlining how you meet the person specification to careers@mcscertified.com.

Deadline for applications is Monday 28th November 2022. We reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview in person at the MCS office week commencing Monday 5th December 2022.