Human Resources Business Partner

London, Bristol, York, Reading, Worcester
From £46,150 (National) and from £50,750 (inner London)
13 Jul 2018
22 Jul 2018
Specialist Area
General HR Function
Full Time

Human Resources Business Partner

Locations: London, Bristol, York, Reading, Worcester

Salary from £46,150 (National) and from £50,750 (inner London)

Grade 7

Two-year fixed term contract with potential for extension or permanency

Ref: 1590667

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) plays a vital role at the heart of UK life. The wide-ranging work we do includes safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industries, sustaining a thriving rural economy and leading the engineering of the nation’s defences against natural threats and hazards. Join Defra and you will be part of a department that is responsible for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

The UK’s ongoing exit from the European Union represents a fascinating challenge for us. This period of change has presented Defra group HR with a unique opportunity to support our people through unknown territory, whilst maintaining stability across the organisation. Our system outcome HR Business Partners are central to delivering on this challenge.

If you join us you will:

  • Support senior leaders in developing, implementing and managing HR interventions in order to get the very best out of over 4,800 colleagues.
  • Ensure we are able to work flexibly to adapt to the challenges presented by the EU Exit, supporting the necessary people reforms we need to make.
  • Enable workforce planning decisions, supporting the team in understanding which skills are needed and where.
  • Enhance workforce productivity and performance by designing and actioning interventions relating to performance management, employee engagement, health, wellbeing and talent management. You will also be instrumental in supporting learning and development solutions.
  • Support organisational design and development, with the confidence to have challenging conversations and manage stakeholder expectations in order to build the best results.

This is a unique opportunity to support the ongoing development and work of Defra. You will need considerable experience of workforce planning and delivering organisational development strategies, with the capacity to identify the implications of departmental and political priorities. Ideally, you will be CIPD qualified or working towards this, though strong stakeholder management skills are more important. With the capacity to deliver at pace, you will embrace working flexibly and collaboratively with colleagues, particularly as we will expect you to nurture partnerships with senior leaders, members of the group HR EU exit project team, group HR colleagues across Defra and the wider Civil Service, and the Trade Unions.

Everyone in Defra is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You will have access to learning and development from quality providers and support from mentors and coaches. We offer flexible working alongside a range of other policies and schemes to support your physical and emotional wellbeing. Our comprehensive benefits offer includes generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, volunteering days, childcare vouchers and other salary sacrifice options, and an employee discount scheme.

Closing date: 22 July 2018.

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