Strategic People Partner

£60,763 – £65,320
22 Dec 2020
22 Jan 2021
HR Jobs Level
Business partner, Manager
Contract Type
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member

Who you’ll be

Across Staffordshire County Council, we hold true to three values: to be ambitious, empowering, and courageous. To help inspire that, we need the same values in our leaders. As our new Strategic People Partner, working in senior leadership, you’ll be:

  • Ambitious in promoting and shaping a People Strategy that makes us employers of choice
  • Empowering in the support you provide both to People Services and to the Directorate, to ensure high-performing, inclusive teams
  • Courageous in your behaviour, embodying the change you want to see and acting as a role model in lifelong learning, collaboration, equality and inclusion, and ethical leadership

If you’re an inspiring leader and a driven agent for change, and if you want to use your influence to create positive impact across our organisation, then you might be exactly who we’re looking for.

What you’ll do

1. Champion our People Service strategy

In this role, you’ll be a vital link between People Services and the Directorate Leadership Team. With insight on everything our team does, you’ll be an expert advisor to two Directors, helping to shape a strategy that’s right for both the People Services team and the wider Council. Building deep relationships with both the Directorate and senior stakeholders, you’ll make sure that our strategy is forward-thinking, pushes our performance and our transformation, and helps us meet the organisation’s strategic outcomes.

Working at the highest levels, you’ll also make sure that our values and care for our people are embedded at the highest levels. Whether it’s annual business planning, organisational design, service design, or financial and workforce planning, you’ll help the Directorate make decisions that foster empowerment and employee engagement. Whatever the strategic decision at hand, you’ll be there to talk through the implications from an HR perspective. You’ll put our people’s wellbeing first, sharing colleague and personal feedback and giving the Directors critical insight on how to create healthy, supported teams.

2. Provide leadership perspective and lead with expertise

Whilst providing advice to the Directorate, you’ll also bring vital guidance and business intelligence from the Directors back to the People Services team. You’ll coach and advise on complicated employee relations cases. You’ll lead on high-level and Council-wide initiatives that implement a corporate approach, like delivering an apprenticeship strategy that maximises the Apprentice Levy. In short, through difficult issues and complex change, you’ll be there to mentor and support the People Services team, providing cross-organisational perspective.

You’ll also share your deep expertise with the People Services team wherever you can, from organisational development methodologies to industry best practice. For instance, you’ll be a strong, knowledgeable advocate when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion. Sharing that expertise, you’ll ensure that every member of the team understands not just the legal, mandatory requirements, but why equality, diversity and inclusion are so vital for our Council - and how all of us can help through the work we do.

3. Provide an accountable service

As a Council, we need to provide an accountable, responsible service that works with and builds the trust of people across Staffordshire. Ultimately though, we can only encourage accountability if we’re accountable ourselves.

You’ll bring that accountability at the highest level and embody our values in everything you do across the organisation. Always striving for ethical leadership and adhering to professional principles, you’ll be a role model both to the department and to the wider Council. Leading through example, you’ll be a life-long learner, staying up to date in your CIPD registration and always looking for new ways to learn – both from your colleagues and from wider industry. And, you’ll share that new learning widely too, for everyone’s benefit.

What you’ll need

To apply for this role, you’ll need to have:

  • Chartered Membership of the CIPD, with the position working at and being assessed at Chartered Fellow level
  • Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent, with evidence of commitment to continual professional development
  • Relevant professional qualification demonstrating depth of understanding of HR strategy, organisational development and organisation transformational change
  • ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring
  • Minimum five years of experience in working at a senior level in a complex, unionised and political environment, ideally in the public sector or with strong understanding of public sector issues

How we’ll support you

As well as providing you with inspiring leadership and an environment where you can take pride in what you do, you’ll also benefit from:

  • An excellent local government pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

To find out more about us and working at Staffordshire County Council in the People Team please visit our website here.

Closing date for applications: 19 January 2021

Recruitment process

  • 1st stage interview – from week beginning 25/01/21
  • 2nd stage interview – from week beginning 01/02/21

Each stage will be conducted via MS Teams virtually and we’ll fully explain each stage as you progress to ensure you understand how you are being assessed and how you can prepare.

Additional requirements /adjustments?

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process or feel you need to find out more about this role to be able to apply please do get in touch at and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible from the 4 Jan 2021.

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