HR Assistant

Job Type: Full-time

Apprenticeship Available

Salary: £17,004 per annum

Working within our friendly HR team at the Company’s head office, the HR Assistant will work alongside team colleagues to ensure the full service delivery of business requirements from the HR team in a busy FMCG and Retail environment.

A large part of the role will be an involvement in recruitment activities, however the successful applicant will experience all aspects of HR during the course of their role, therefore a strong commitment to a career in HR is essential and some basic HR or recruitment experience is essential.

This role is an ideal developmental position for someone committed to a long-term profession in HR but who may need to gain more experience and progress their HR career in a large organisation. Full training will be provided and progression within the role is anticipated, the next level being HR Officer.



This is an extremely busy and varied role which will include (but may not be limited to):

Dealing with all aspects of recruitment, from CV and application vetting and shortlisting, interview scheduling (1st & 2nd interviews), conducting 1st interviews, new starter paperwork, issuing offer documentation and contracts of employment, holiday allocation, collating induction training documents, uniform & PPE ordering, conducting inductions, etc;

Updating and maintaining computerised files, databases and personnel records;

Logging and scanning returned paperwork, eg training records, Return to Work documentation, investigation and disciplinary documentation;

Monitoring absence records and liaising with departmental managers as necessary;

Dealing with incoming emails, post and telephone communications, prioritising them and dealing with correspondence with urgency and confidentiality;

Issuing letters for and recording details of internal meetings in line with Company Policy;

Note taking for counselling, investigation, RTW, disciplinary and grievance meetings;

Processing leavers, including letters, reference requests, internal paperwork, etc;

Updating HR team statistics

Provision of day-to-day HR support to line managers throughout the business;

Assisting in other areas within the HR team as required, including Health & Safety activities.



Working hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.45pm (45 minute unpaid lunch break). Some flexibility in working patterns may be required at key times or during team shortages. Holidays: 28 days per annum, including bank holidays.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £17,004 per annum with opportunity for increase after 1 year (conditional on performance)

If desired – full support for HR Level 3 (or possibly level 5) Apprenticeship (or similar) and resulting CIPD qualification (preferred on remote study basis but will also consider day release).

Free on-site parking, subsidised canteen, access to discounted products and a workplace pension scheme. We also hold staff events such as family fun days and ten pin bowling competitions and have an employee of the month scheme (vouchers).



The ideal candidate must have some previous day-to-day HR experience. They will need to be flexible and have the ability to think on their feet and enjoy working within a fast paced environment. Similar sector experience is desirable but not essential, however the role has proved particularly suitable to someone with a Retail or Production environment background.

This person will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the broad legislative requirements of HR and employment law.

Key Personal Skills:

Highly organised, able to prioritise multiple tasks, manage time effectively and to work to a high standard in a fast-paced environment;

Confident, enthusiastic approach;

Strong, accurate admin and IT skills. MS Word, Outlook and Excel experience essential to an intermediate–high level;

Ability to work well as part of a team;

Self-motivated, confident and able to work on own initiative using common sense;

Effective communicator, highly professional and able to communicate at all levels;

Excellent telephone and face-to-face manner;

Pro-active approach and has the drive to take on increased responsibility when required;

Confidentiality is of paramount importance.



Apply direct on Indeed or send an email to Please quote HR Assistant in the subject of your e-mail and attach your CV along with a covering letter or email stating your current salary details.

PLEASE ALSO STATE WHERE YOU SAW THIS VACANCY IN YOUR APPLICATION along with your current salary details, if applicable.

OR download an application form from our website ( and send it to:

Human Resources, Greenhalghs Craft Bakery, Crescent Road, Lostock, Bolton BL6 4BU

OR contact Human Resources on 01204 673832



Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Limited is a large, well established family business which has been producing craft bakery goods for over 60 years. We are an award winning company with a strong reputation and a passion for craft baking. With over 60 retail outlets across the North West, we also have a large high volume operational site at our head office in Bolton and a further modern production facility nearby. As well as our valued retail customers, our corporate clients range from large supermarket chains to well-known leisure outlets, as well as airlines, sporting arenas, hotels and restaurants and many more besides. Alongside quality, hygiene and meeting customer demands are of the utmost importance.


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