HR Business Partner

Kingswood Group are working with a successful, growing firm based in Colchester to recruit an experienced HR Business Partner to join them on a permanent basis.

Due to the nature of the role you will be required to attend both the Ipswich and Colchester offices throughout the week, with the possibility of other locations on a business need basis.  Working from home is available 1 day per week. 

This role sits as part of a small collaborative HR team and will have broad HR Business Partnering responsibilities, working closely with the business in a hands on and business facing capacity. 

Duties to include:

  • Building strong and trusted working relationships with the business and key stakeholders 
  • Working closely with managers to act on and support with ER issues quickly 
  • Managing and advising on a broad range of ER cases including consultation discussions 
  • Taking responsibility for the recruitment process and supporting with processes and hiring decisions 
  • Monitoring sickness absence levels across the business and working with managers to address any issues 
  • Working collaboratively with the wider HR team and supporting in other areas when required 
  • Ad-hoc HR project work 

Experience required:

  • Previous recent experiencer working at HR BP level or similar within a professional services environment 
  • Proven experience of Employee Relations casework and employment law 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A high level of accuracy and strong attention to detail will be essential 
  • CIPD qualified
  • A UK driving licence and vehicle will be essential due to the nature of the role and requirement to visit various sites 

This is an urgent requirement with interviews taking place quickly.  

Rent Recovery Officer

Kingswood Group  are assisting with the temporary recruitment of a Rent Recovery Officer for Basildon Borough Council for a period of 4-5 months. 

This role is hybid and 1-2 days in the office is expected. 

The role: 

The Rent Team are responsible for collection of the annual rent debit of £52 million from the Council’s social housing stock of approximately 10,500 homes. The team are responsible for the prevention of rent arrears through effective campaigns and early intervention and, where arrears do occur, they are responsible for taking effective recovery action in line with agreed policies and procedures which may include attendance at court. The team work closely with the housing benefit section, Department of Works and Pensions and partners such as Citizens Advice.


  • To ensure effective collection of all rent arrears following the service of a Notice of Seeking Possession stage in accordance with agreed policies and procedures.
  • To be responsible for preparing and issuing all relevant notices with effective case management of high level rent arrears, within a defined area where previous early interventions have failed.
  • To promote a payment culture through all contact with tenants.
  • To progress all Housing Management system recommendations for arrears recovery taking the necessary actions as required.
  • To negotiate payment arrangements based upon the tenant’s income and expenditure commitments and in line with agreed Policies and Procedures.
  • To promote the most effective payment method taking into account the tenants individual circumstances.
  • To provide accurate information to all tenants and ensure that take up of housing and other benefits are maximised.
  • To refer tenants to the Council’s Housing Advice Service and other debt management organisations such as Citizens Advice and Family Mosaic.
  • To liaise and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external agencies and other service providers to maximise income and prevent arrears escalating.
  • To ensure appropriate support referrals are made in relation to vulnerable clients and ensure that any case relating to such clients are dealt with sensitively.
  • To adhere to the Council’s Safeguarding Children and Protection of Vulnerable Adult policies, ensuring any concerns are reported to the relevant agency.
  • To respond to account enquiries promptly providing comprehensive support and advice.
  • To interview tenants in relation to rent arrears either by office interview, home visit or rent arrears surgery as appropriate. This may include occasional promotional events.
  • To compile evidence and to prepare court applications in line with agreed Policies and procedures.
  • To carry out evictions as and when required.
  • Ability to travel across the borough will be required

Experience required: 

  • Educated to GCSE level (A-C*) or equivalent standard in Maths and English or relevant experience.
  • Proven record of effectively managing complex debt recovery cases and maximising income to the organisation
  • A good working knowledge of Housing and related legislation, managing tenancies and pre-court protocols
  • Good working knowledge of IT systems with the ability to use Word, databases, spreadsheets and emails.
  • Experience of presenting evidence at Court
  • A full manual driving licence will be required

Client Manager

Are you an experienced and qualified/part-qualified Client Manager looking for your next challenge?

Kingswood Group are pleased to be supporting a reputable accountancy firm with the recruitment of a Portfolio Manager. This role will essentially be providing exceptional advice and guidance to help clients grow their business.

Working with the overseas and internal team, you will be responsible for managing a portfolio of clients with their day-to-day queries. The main part of this role will be client facing/client communication and the accounting duties would be secondary. They would include the completion of management accounts, reviewing year end and pre- year end tax planning reviews. 

Duties will include;

  • Running client meetings including to discuss management accounts
  • Assisting with pricing and providing quotes and packages for clients
  • Participation in various management meetings/discussions and contributing to suggestions to improve the business including review of past processes and internal systems
  • Attending networking events and conferences
  • Correspondence with external auditors and client on audit matters following accounts completion.
  • Managing and review of various internal efficiency KPI metrics.
  • Review of bookkeeping jobs completed by overseas and internal team
  • Review of VAT returns (either completed by clients or internally)
  • Completion of client training for cloud software
  • Supervising junior members of the team with daily duties 
  • Review of client’s records prior to proceeding with jobs. 
  • Review of year end accounts for clients up to £30M in turnover
  • Completion/review of closing balances adjustments in the client software

You will be comfortable managing your own workload and of others to ensure deadlines are met. You will have excellent communication skills and be happy to attend various conferences/events and some networking. 

Ideal Requirements: 

  • ACCA or ACA qualified – part qualified considered 
  • Experience of managing your own portfolio of clients 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 


  • 25 days holiday 
  • BUPA healthcare
  • Free onsite parking
  • Gym – free membership
  • Hours of work are 8.30-4.30 with hybrid working considered 

Exams and Data Administrator

Kingswood Group are looking to assist a local School with the recruitment of a Exams and Data Administrator. Working with the office and finance team, this role will ensure the accuracy of student data and support with the administration of all aspects of the exams process.

This role is part-time, 30 hours with 10 weeks of the year (during exam time) working full time. 

Duties will include; 

  • Provide administrative assistance to the Office Manager 
  • Liaise with Heads of Department in collecting exam information and make exam entries for students.
  • Assist the Assistant Head in paperwork for exams, including 11+, GCSE and A level
  • Ensure exam policies are in place and maintained for JCQ inspections. 
  • Prepare and issue statements of entry and exam timetables to candidates.
  • Create rooming and seating plans for exams.
  • Liaise with the Chief Invigilator on all aspects of exam hall administration.
  • Ensure exam halls are set up and ready to use. · 
  • Ensure accurate student data entry on iSAMS. 
  • Operate and maintain appropriate databases and spreadsheets. 
  • Undertake administrative duties relating to student records, including exams data for incoming Year 12. 
  • Administration of student admissions and leavers’ data.  

This is an interesting opportunity that requires an individual who has experience working within a similar role or education setting. You will demonstrate flexibility in the hours worked to meet the needs of the school, a proactive approach, attention to detail, and be confident to take ownership of a busy workload.



Kingswood Group are pleased to be supporting an established organisation with the recruitment of a part-time PA. This position will be working within a small PA team, each PA supporting a Regional Director. 

Set days are: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday working 9am -5.30pm

The role is supporting a senior Director in the following duties; 

  • Diary management – managing all appointments and preparing for those meetings
  • Manage any conflicting appointments and re-arrange 
  • Provide key information for meetings and forums
  • Create agendas 
  • Take minutes and produce in a timely fashion, highlighting actions
  • Respond to written enquiries
  • Manage email inbox
  • Carry out various project work and research 
  • Arrange and prepare for events
  • Oversee expenses 

This is an interesting position that requires a candidate with previous PA or Secretarial experience. You will be professional and approachable and be able to liaise with different departments throughout the organisation. 


  • Generous pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday (pro-rata)
  • Parking on site

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