Senior HR Business Partner
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.
By joining us you will be part of an organisation passionate about promoting inclusiveness and valuing diversity. Our talented people bring their whole selves to work and are dedicated to making a difference. By joining Defra you will be part of a department dedicated to creating a great place for living and a great place for working.
Providing forward-thinking HR solutions to the Food, Farming and Bio Security Outcome System, you will help us transform the way we deliver HR activities to thousands of Defra’s employees. You will:
- Support business leaders and key stakeholders in both their immediate HR needs, and those of the future. Encouraging them to think long-term, you will help them define their future business priorities, and how that will translate into HR strategies.
- Line-manage a HR Business Partner team, ensuring they are delivering high-quality business-focussed solutions. Leading by example, you will ensure the team are achieving their full potential, developing their skills and securing a pipeline of HR talent.
- Work closely with the Director General, ensuring the challenges faced by Defra during EU Exit and our ongoing transformation programmes are being fully addressed. Providing an objective view, you will proactively challenge him or her to achieve the best outcomes.
- Use your exceptional business insight to shape people and workforce strategies across multiple organisations and business units.
The valuable work that we do at Defra can only be achieved with the support of a skilled and motivated team. You will therefore bring your considerable HR Business Partnering experience to this role, appraising our working methods and strategies with a critical eye, and identifying how we could do things better. Using your outstanding communication and stakeholder management skills to shape our future capabilities, you will be adept at devising and implementing improvement interventions. With good financial awareness, you will have an exceptional knowledge of industry trends, and you will have the capacity to think creatively in a fast-paced environment, with the gravitas required to inspire confidence amongst senior leaders.
We aim to support the professional and personal wellbeing of everyone in Defra. Our benefits include generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, salary sacrifice benefit options, and an employee discount scheme. We also offer flexible working and a variety of learning and development opportunities.
Closing date: 22 October 2018.