Group Resourcing Project Advisor

Ref: GRPA-M-N-34796
City/Region: Malton
Salary: Competitive

Field based with regular UK travel and attendance at Malton head office

Fixed contract 12-months

An exciting HR and resourcing project to develop and implement an effective recruitment and retention program to ensure continuous supply of hourly paid labour post-Brexit, across all Karro sites. The incumbent will be required to engage site HR teams to ensure; alignment to the agreed strategy and program, and effective implementation.

Role responsibilities:


  • Development of an hourly paid post Brexit recruitment strategy for Karro Food Group, to ensure continuity of labour supply
  • Development of site specific initiatives to support the wider strategy
  • Communication of hourly paid recruitment strategy to wider HR team, ensuring understanding, buy-in and compliance
  • Monitoring of effectiveness of strategy and identifying reasons and areas for review based on the strategy meeting agreed objectives

Understanding Current Position

  • Identification and reporting of current site recruitment and on-boarding methods and their effectiveness
  • Identification and reporting on current make up of employees in terms of nationality
  • Assessment of potential impact post Brexit on labour levels and labour shortages
  • Communication of findings to HR Director and wider HR team

Future Possibilities

  • Identification, assessment and provision of recommendations on future possibilities for including underutilised sectors (veterans, ex-offenders, homeless, care leavers, sector skills academies and job centre plus)
  • Examination of use of young workers (under 18s) in factory environment, including risk assessment and possible trials to establish feasibility
  • Assessment of barriers to employment (transport, language and accommodation) providing report and recommendations to remove barriers and improve resourcing
  • Development of community engagement and events, maximising PR and employer brand building opportunities (with use of traditional and social media coverage)

Agency Liaison

  • Working with supplier agencies to understand their reliance on EU labour and measures to be taken to ensure a continued labour supply post-Brexit
  • Provision of report on effectiveness of these measures
  • Establish effectiveness of labour provision by current agencies and recommendations where alternatives are identified


  • Understand and measure effectiveness of current recruitment practices, inductions and on-boarding at sites and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Establish, document and communicate agreed recruitment process for permanent recruitment to ensure adherence to best practice, ETI base-code and legislation
  • Support sites in hourly paid recruitment initiatives where required


  • Review, understand and provide reporting on current turnover rates of new starters including tenure, role and location
  • Provision of recommendations on how to improve retention rates

Skills, qualifications and experience:

  • Previous experience of (blue-collar, hourly paid, high volume) recruitment, ideally within a food manufacturing, retail or logistics environment as part of an HR team
  • CIPD Level 7 qualified and/or qualified through HR strategic project experience
  • Experience of successfully managing tasks and projects through to completion
  • Broad experience of candidate attraction methods including but not limited to social media platforms, traditional and online advertising, recruitment partners and recruitment events
  • Experience of or solid knowledge of employee retention methods
  • Determined and resilient, with the drive to complete tasks
  • Reliable, conscientious, self-motivated and professional
  • Effective strategic planning and organisation skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and influence

Proactive health and safety is a prerequisite to employment at Karro Foods. All roles have a responsibility to demonstrate commitment to the companies' health and safety goals, and as such it forms an essential component of all job descriptions, at all levels.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Competitive contributory pension
  • Company car allowance
  • Life assurance scheme funded by Karro

At Karro we are dedicated to rewarding and enriching the careers of the people who work for us. If you are hardworking, willing to get involved and respond well to a challenging and fast-moving environment, then you will find Karro to be a well-matched employer who will support you at every turn and reward your dedication with support, development and long-term career prospects.

About Karro:

Karro Food Group is a major UK food business, employing c. 5,000 people over 14 sites across the UK and Ireland and generating turnover of £1.2bn. Karro is a leading producer of both fresh and cooked meat products, and, following its recent acquisition of Young's Seafood, is now one of the UK's leading multi-protein food businesses. The business supplies to retail, foodservice and manufacturing customers across the UK, as well as export customers globally.

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