HR Business Partner

  • January 31, 2019 4:50 pm
  • Woodlock House Support Services

The Agora Companies is a global network for more than 40 privately owned publishing companies. These companies are widely recognized for their highly specialised information by way of advisory newsletters, websites and books on a range of topics including retirement, wealth management, equity investments, health, travel and finance.  The Agora Companies’ have offices in the US, London, Paris, Bonn, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Mumbai and Waterford.

Woodlock House Support Services, one of The Agora Companies, currently have an exciting job opportunity for a HR Business Partner based in our offices in Portlaw, Co. Waterford & also in Waterford City. This is a permanent role on a full time basis, reporting directly to the Human Resources Manager. The successful candidate will assist Human Resources Team (3 in total currently) to support the delivery of a HR service to 5 of The Agora Companies in Waterford.

Responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

  • Management of full recruitment cycle across 5 companies; significant growth within the next 2 years
  • Create & roll out development workshops for managers based on design needs analysis relating to soft skills training, employment law matters, interviewing skills, diversity & inclusion, dignity & respect etc
  • Provide HR advice to managers and also employees when required, ensuring advice is legally compliant and in line with each company policy & procedure;
  • Coaching Managers for difficult conversations;
  • Involvement in branding and recruitment activities such as PR releases and career events,
  • Establish a mentoring programme to provide support to students in third level education;
  • Establish graduate programme and coordinate annually;
  • Establish an internship programme and coordinate annually;
  • Supporting the HR Manager when required regarding additional HR projects;
  • Management of HR System (Ultipro) in terms of additional roll out of modules, assisting with set up of employees, responding to both manager and employee queries;
  • Assist with identifying an ATS (applicant tracker system) and coordinate its implementation;
  • HR advice to additional The Agora Companies where required;
  • Will cover 2 sites as required.


  • 4-5 years solid experience working within a fast paced HR team is essential;
  • Design and roll out of development workshops is essential;
  • Previous recruitment experience is essential;
  • Previous experience in Employment Legislation is essential;
  • 3rd Level HR related diploma or degree is preferred;
  • Strong PC skills including proficiency in MS Office;
  • Ability to tactfully deal with confidential and often sensitive information

Competencies Required:

  • Details orientated with strong proven attention to detail;
  • High level of initiative – will pre-empt and anticipate situations and requirements
  • Highly organised with the ability to multitask on a daily basis whilst not compromising the quality of work;
  • Is comfortable with change, and often very fast paced change;
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate concerns and issues in a diplomatic manner that does not offend or escalate;
  • Treats sensitive or confidential information in a trustworthy manner;
  • Self-motivated, flexible, upbeat, and willing to learn;
  • Intellectually curious – looks around them, asks questions, takes an interest in the world outside of the HR Department;
  • Continuous learnings and personal growth - wants to learn from a business standpoint, and a personal self-development standpoint;
  • Exerts a positive image of the company and the department at all times;

We offer a competitive salary & benefits package such as pension and healthcare, in a flexible environment to the right candidate.

Interested and qualified applicants please submit CV and cover letter to Emma Reynolds, Human Resources Manager to

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