A day in the life of a senior HR business partner

Written by: Jennifer Jackson
Published on: 6 Jul 2017

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Kath Thomas, senior HR business partner at Gwent Police, tells us about her role and the opportunity they’re recruiting for

Tell me about Gwent Police and the work you do 

I manage a team of people and am professional lead on a number of portfolios which includes embedding new standards, legislation and regulations into HR and equality procedures and practices within Gwent Police. 

What is involved in the typical role of a senior HR business partner?  

There are two senior HR business posts at Gwent Police. One will manage the team of HR business partners and the other will manage the resourcing team which includes all recruitment activities, job evaluation and ad-hoc project work, and the team undertaking HR transactional processes. The senior HR business partner is the professional lead in their area.

What is the best bit about your day? 

The variety and the fact that there is never a dull moment!

And what is the biggest challenge?  

The pace of change affecting the police service as a whole but that’s one of the things that makes it interesting.

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Why would someone want to do this role?  

You will be able to bring your ideas and experience to this role and help shape our new business partnering approach.  We are going through an exciting time of change within the people services department so you will really be able to help shape our HR delivery.

What makes a strong senior HR business partner at Gwent Police? 

Someone who understands the business partnering approach and the needs of our organisation in the delivery of a great service to the people in Gwent.  A ‘can-do’, positive outlook is essential together with a resilient attitude and the determination to manage change.

What opportunities for development do you get?  

Gwent Police has a post-entry training scheme whereby staff and officers can apply for part-funding for relevant qualifications and we also have the opportunity to attend courses and seminars for professional development. 

What types of people does Gwent Police look for in candidates? 

People who are committed to giving their best to support our people and our diverse communities.

What tips would you offer applicants for the role of senior HR business partner?  

In the first instance, make sure you follow the application form guidance closely, and then really think about what you can bring to the HR team and Gwent Police, in a developing business partnering environment.


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