HR Officer

HR Officer

The Company:

Prima Cheese is a multi-award-winning cheese processing company with a 28-year heritage. It is a family-owned business, employing nearly 200 people and operates only within B2B markets where it has gained a reputation for quality, consistency and service. It is one of the biggest cheese suppliers of foodservice and food manufacturing within the UK and export their products to over 55 countries worldwide. With both domestic and international business, the company continues to grow and is looking to expand their team.

The Role:

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced HR professional to join our growing HR team, at our HQ in Seaham, County Durham.


What will I be doing?

As an HR Officer at Prima Cheese, you will support employees and managers through all aspects of employment processes as well as ensuring that the business manages its people in line with current legislative and employment law and Prima Cheese policies.



  • Support the Head of People in our long-term commitment to making continual improvements to the HR and Learning & Development services provided to the company.
  • Collaborating with managers and staff to embed policies and procedures, providing support as required.
  • Interpreting and advising on employment law and legislation.
  • Administering updates on the HR systems and maintaining employee records accordingly.
  • Processing contractual and payroll records in line with employment law/legislation and company policies
  • Advising and supporting management teams with investigations, disciplinaries and grievances including preparation of all relevant documentation.
  • Monitoring and supporting managers with probationary periods and relevant payroll and documentation issues as required.
  • Support and coordination of Occupational Health provisions, provide advice and support to managers and employees during welfare and absence review meetings.
  • Administering employee benefits, advising on pay and other remuneration issues including promotion and other contractual changes.
  • Updating HR & Manager Handbooks and tracking records as required.
  • HR IT systems – Dealing with queries, updates, user requests and system access as required.
  • Running reports and preparing management information as requested.
  • Delivery of workshops/training/inductions as required for existing and events to attract new recruits and apprentices.
  • Support the HR team with end-to-end recruitment for the company.
  • Administration, support and calculation of pay and other benefits as required in line with Employment Law and legislation, contracts and company policies.
  • Issue contracts of employment and support managers regarding recruitment and contractual changes in line with legal and employee legislation and company policies
  • Dealing with ad hoc requests for information and support.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced candidate with a wealth of knowledge and experience to join our current team.

  • CIPD Level 5 qualified.
  • Experience in providing advice and support around HR policies and procedures.
  • Experience in absence management and welfare processes.
  • Knowledge of employment legislation and industry best practice.
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Strong IT Skills – Word/Excel/Outlook/PowerPoint.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills.



  • Employee Reward Platform and Wellbeing Hub.
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Support.
  • Opportunities for Learning & Development.
  • A collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • No weekend or evening work.
  • Company Pension.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.

How to apply

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