Job Location:
Reading area

What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent – Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

AWE is currently recruiting for an HR Advisor to work within one of the HR sub function teams to provide efficient and effective HR advisory services. You will be the first point of contact to support the business, working to agreed service levels and delivering a customer centric service.

Location – Reading / Basingstoke Area

Salary: £26,500 – £30,000 (dependent on experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Generous holiday entitlement (270 hours a year plus every other Friday off)

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

Successful Candidates will be responsible for:

  • Delivering efficient and effective HR advice to customers providing first point of contact services through HRIS, telephone, email and walk-ins and dealing with escalated issues

  • Leading the maintenance of local teamwork processes and documentation, drive service improvements and ensure stakeholders and customers are up to date with HR working practices

  • Building relationships appropriate to area of expertise in order to improve experience for customers

  • Ensuring HR related documentation (hard copy and electronic) is appropriately handled, managed and retained in compliance with data privacy regulations, including the archiving process; and ensure all correspondence and documentation produced is accurate, using approved templates

  • Ensuring local work instructions are followed to maintain process compliance and quality

Specific subject area training will be provided to successful candidates.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:

  • CIPD level 3 or equivalent HR Qualification is desirable, or relevant HR experience

  • Customer service skills – essential

  • Excellent telephone manner

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Experience of working in a customer services environment delivering transactional tasks and providing first point of contact services

  • Experience of process improvement activities

  • Experience of working to SLAs and KPIs – desired

  • Experience of project working, ideally in an HR context – desired

  • Knowledge of Workday, SABA, Oracle or equivalent HRIS technologies – desired

All candidates must be able to apply for and maintain the correct security clearance for this role.


Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.


AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and people with disabilities.