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HR Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Thanks for checking out our vacancy, we’re delighted you want to learn more about Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.

Dechra are a growing, global specialist within the world of veterinary pharmaceuticals. Our expertise is in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of high quality products exclusively for veterinarians worldwide.

Here at Dechra, our values are embedded within our culture and thrive within our family of almost 2000 colleagues globally. From manufacturing to marketing, (D)edication, (E)njoyment, (C)ourage, (H)onesty, (R)elationships and (A)mbition are at the heart of our everyday operations and the way we do business

The Opportunity 

To support the Manufacturing & Supply (M&S) HR team and wider operational business by the effective administration, co-ordination and facilitation of key HR activities, maintenance of HR data, compliance, development of KPI reporting and provision of regular and ad-hoc reports.

Ensuring effective management of labour workforce planning for the DPM&S organisation, ensuring budget compliance and optimising data for improved efficiency. Work with Divisional HRBP to assist the HRD and wider M&S HR Team with the delivery of HR projects and annual talent management, reward and planning activities.

Role Responsibility

So, what will you be doing? This role has a broad and varied remit and the successful candidate will have responsibility for duties including:

  • Act as assistant, administrator and co-ordinator of key M&S HR activities and change initiatives, adding value to the wider Dechra team, by being an Ambassador of the Dechra Values and driving the One Dechra approach, including the HR agenda.
  • Work with the M&S HR team to leverage effective use of the Diamond HRIS with a particular focus on data integrity, developing HR reporting capability, and acting as a super user within the team.
  • Develop super-user capability with regard to applicant tracking system in order to support wider M&S HR Team with queries, and to leverage value from the system.
  • Work closely with the HRD M&S in developing forecasting and reporting processes to support headcount reporting, workforce planning and budgetary activities.
  • Co-ordinate data from M&S HR Team to deliver consolidated, accurate and timely HR reporting.
  • Support effective recruitment and induction processes within UK M&S. (job postings, response handling, setting up interviews and assessments, working with others to co-ordinate induction activities for key staff as directed by HRD M&S)
  • Provide advice and guidance to central line managers on HR queries.
  • Plan and co-ordinate specified central training and development activities, (venue selection, supplier management, communications) 
  • Support annual HR cycle activities, including pay review, talent management and succession planning, through the provision of data and communication materials, organising and facilitating meetings, progress monitoring etc. 
  • Contribute to broader HR initiatives and projects including Employee Engagement Action plans through active participation within DPM&S HR group.
  • Maintain databases, reports and records as agreed with HRD M&S.
  • Manage M&S employee lifecycle process documentation adhering to legislation.
  • Produce regular and ad-hoc reports and presentations on behalf of HRD M&S and wider team.
  • Spot and implement opportunities to improve internal processes and procedures.

The Ideal Candidate

Here at Dechra we pride ourselves on being an inclusive employer and we embrace candidates from all walks of life. We’re particularly keen to hear from those who have/are:

  • Excellent attention to detail, planning and analytical skills
  • Advanced Excel skills with ability to process and analyse data quickly and effectively
  • Strong MS Word and PowerPoint skills
  • Ability to manage own workload, meet deadlines and remain focussed with long term deliverables
  • Self-starter with resilience
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders internal and external to Dechra
  • Confident and effective communicator  
  • Ability to ensure remote teams remain on track to achieving tight deadlines and key milestones
  • CIPD part qualified, educated to degree level or relevant experience  

About the Company

All applications received are reviewed by our internal talent acquisition team and we will get in touch if your skills and experience match what we’re looking for. Should you not hear back from us within 28 days please don’t be too disappointed – we may keep your CV on our database for any future vacancies which may be suitable and we encourage you to keep an eye on our careers site. For any questions or queries, please contact us at

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

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