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HR Business partner

Written by: Annie Hayes
Published on: 8 Jul 2016

HR business partner

Aligning HR practice with business strategy to deliver commercially focused HR solutions that support the business is the key focus of the HR business partner. In this way they work with the organisation to deliver meaningful results by harnessing the whole HR function and developing and implementing people management best practice whilst inspiring their HR colleagues to join them in doing so.

Key duties:

  • Provide an HR advisory and coaching service to senior management to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge and skills to effectively manage their people.
  • Work in partnership with the business to ensure that appropriate procedures and best practice is followed to deliver positive change outcomes for redundancy, TUPE transfers or other change management initiatives.
  • Implement and foster a performance management culture within the business area as a means of driving business improvement by ensuring clear objectives, feedback and the improvement of customer service through behaviours aligned with the organisation’s values.
  • Consult with the organisation on resourcing strategies, identify future talent and potential resourcing issues, develop career paths in consideration of succession planning and continuous professional development.
  • Build management capability for managing employee relations issues and improve the effectiveness of consultation.
  • Forge close and influential working relationships with key organisational stakeholders.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of employee engagement and wellbeing to support staff performance and the ability to put this into practice.
  • Contribute to the development of the wider HR strategy and work to ensure a cohesive and coordinated HR service across the business.


Full membership of the CIPD or an equivalent professional body is essential. An MA, or equivalent, in Human Resources is desirable as well as evidence of CPD.

Previous experience:

  • A minimum of five years’ HR experience is usually required with around two years working with a leadership level on a consultative and partnering basis.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills is expected together with the ability to influence and problem solve.
  • HR Business partners should be able to demonstrate solid negotiation, change management and project management skills.
  • They should have strong business acumen and be commercially focused.
  • A sound knowledge of employment law is expected.

Expected salary:

£37,500 to £58,500 a year.

Salary equates to level of experience, sector and company. Some senior advisors working in highly paid industries may earn between £60,000 -  £70,000 per year.


Typical working hours: 9.00 – 5.30pm

Career steps:

  • Head of HR or HR Director
  • Specialist areas – Head of Compensation and Reward, Head of Talent etc

What they say:

“Working as an HR Business Partner at Historic England is unique and fantastic. It is a delight to come to work every day and work with so many brilliant people who are so passionate about heritage. Everyone who works here has the same goal to protect and champion our heritage.  It’s a challenging time for all publically funded organisations, which means as an organisation, and as a HRBP, we constantly need to be creative and innovative about what we do to make the most of the knowledge and skills. It’s such an exciting and rewarding place to work in HR and it’s easy to see the value that HR adds.”


Louise Fuller, HR Business Partner, Historic England.