People Consultant

We are looking for HR and OD professionals who are at the top of their game and who are passionate about developing modern, business focussed solutions, and who are not afraid to challenge and try something new. The challenge we have at Essex County Council is massive, the opportunity is even bigger. This is your chance to bring new and modern ways of doing things to one of the biggest county councils in the country, where you will be encouraged to share your ideas, experience and be at the heart of creating and delivering best fit solutions.

If the idea of being part of a team who is making a real difference to public service, and to the lives of the residents of Essex, appeals to you – then this is the place for you. You may currently be working outside of local government or even in the private sector but looking to showcase your skills on a larger stage and focussed on business performance which has a real impact on people’s lives.

The opportunity

Joining the People Business Partnering and Employment Practice team, you’ll support the delivery of workforce and people strategy initiatives across a range of areas. Using a consultancy approach, you will work under the direction of the People Business Partners. You’ll use your expert knowledge of HR to support and advise, from Senior Leaders to managers, on organisational change projects, managing complex employment cases and the implementation of workforce strategy initiatives. You’ll also coach leaders and managers on dealing with these cases and on projects including redesign, redundancy and TUPE, to develop their skill sets and increase their confidence in managing others. Contributing to information and insight gathering, planning and delivery, you’ll help to add value to the business and deliver on shared targets.

Knowledge, skills and experience

About You

Qualified at MCIPD level or working towards this, you’ll be able to demonstrate commitment to your own professional development. You’ll be an excellent communicator with the ability to build strong and influential relationships with stakeholders. With a working knowledge of planning and managing change programmes, you’ll have a keen eye for identifying risks and understand how to mitigate them. You will have a broad understanding of employee relations and how to design and develop people activities to improve performance. You seek new opportunities, look for ideas and feedback from customers and are driven by a desire for continuous improvement.

About us

At Essex County Council we have a vision to be a county where innovation brings prosperity and we are dedicated to improving the lives of our residents. With a total workforce of around 7,500, Essex County Council is one of the largest county councils in the country and we truly believe our greatest asset is our people. They are fundamentally key to our current and future success.


We offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. It’s important to us that you have a healthy work/life balance, which is why we offer flexible working solutions. Our package also includes a great central location, which is easily accessible to all road and rail links, a clear career path, which will encourage gifted, committed individuals to grow with the opportunity for progression and promotion, a local government pension scheme, annual leave of up to 29 days per year, discounted shopping and much more. To find out more please follow the link

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Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*

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