Associate Director: Strategic HR Business Partnering

Base location of Swindon, with remote working options
£75,000 - £80,000
15 Jul 2021
09 Aug 2021
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Contract Type
Full Time

Associate Director: Strategic HR Business Partnering

Location – Base location of Swindon, with remote working options

Salary £75,000 - £80,000


UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the leading funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), we operate across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £8 billion and 7,500 employees. UKRI brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England; and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.   For more information please visit

Our vision is to create an outstanding research and innovation system that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. Throughout the last year UKRI has played a central role in convening and catalysing efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, supporting hundreds of projects to address the challenges and helping innovative businesses. Now is an exciting time to join our team. 


Our HR function plays a pivotal role in achieving UKRI’s vision.  Following a comprehensive review and in full consultation with all key stakeholders, we are  implementing a new HR Target Operating Model to transform the way we work, with a focus on strengthening our strategic business partnering capability, modernizing HR operational services and building up our expertise in areas such as careers and talent management, EDI,  and leadership development.

We are seeing to recruit two additional Associate Directors who will be key members of our future HR Leadership Group, providing strategic HR business partnering to some of our research councils and corporate functions.

The position

The role holders will partner with and act as trusted advisor to the Executive Chairs / Corporate Directors and their senior leadership teams in a number of our Research Councils and Corporate Functions. You, with support from a small team, will work with them to shape future strategy from a people perspective, diagnosing key talent, organization, capability and culture challenges and deploying appropriate solutions and interventions with the support of the wider HR function. You will lead change management projects across your area of responsibility as well as influence future HR strategies, policies and priorities across UKRI as a whole.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

  • Bachelors degree / Post Graduate Masters degree in HR or Organisation Development or equivalent relevant professional experience.
  • CIPD membership (Chartered or Fellow) and/or equivalent relevant professional experience.
  • Substantial HR Business Partnering experience in complex/public sector/government/ unionised settings enabling you to provide leadership to others
  • Strong collaboration skills and experience of influencing and coaching senior stakeholders and decision makers

Additional Information

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us.

How to apply

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Campaign Dates

Deadline for applications: Monday 9th August 2021

Shortlist: w/c 16th August

Interview Dates: Late August / Early September (please provide your availability information)