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Assistant People Business Partner

Independent Office for Police Conduct
Sale, Greater Manchester
£30,032 per annum
Closing date
16 Aug 2021
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Job Title: Assistant People Business Partner

Grade: 10

Salary: £30,032 per annum

Location: Sake/Wakefield with flexibility around remote-working

Duration: Permanent


Your role


The IOPC oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales setting the standards the police should apply when handling complaints. We are a totally independent body, not part of the police or government; we investigate and make decisions on serious and sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.


Our work is challenging and high-profile. Focusing on the facts, we must be balanced, fair and totally independent. We must respect human rights, while getting to the heart of some of the most serious and sensitive cases. Most of all, we must gain and retain the confidence of everyone we meet by treating them with respect, integrity and honesty; a philosophy which is reflected throughout all departments.


The Sale/Wakefield People Business Partner Team covers the north region of the country with some 200 employees.


The People Management and Workforce (PM&W) Team work closely with managers to coach, support and advise on a on a wide variety of processes, policy and procedural queries with a particular focus on employee relations, recruitment and health & wellbeing.


This is a challenging position which holds a lot of variety, which requiring good judgement and an analytical mindset to provide well balanced and robust advice, as well as the resilience to deal with a variety of stakeholders with opposing views.  We are looking for someone who is authentic, credible and who has a passion for problem solving. You will need to act with integrity, be confident to challenge and be an excellent team player.


With a big focus on adopting a partnering model, we need a skilled/trusted Assistant People Business Partner who can contribute to the delivery of business partnering activities for the north region and to the wider People Management Team across the country. You will be an advocate for change and aim to work proactively across the organisation.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • contribute to the development of new HR policies and procedures and ensure they are embedded within your area.
  • develop a sound knowledge of the IOPC and the challenges it faces
  • develop strong relationships with stakeholders to influence and steer the delivery of people strategies
  • develop an excellent knowledge of work being progressed in the wider People Directorate and provide insights to the OD & Talent and Learning & Development teams to inform their work.


As a APBP you will be provided with development opportunities, bespoke training and coached on a variety of subjects relevant to your role to effectively perform your role.


Additionally, after  a minimum of 12 months service,  depending on the experience you have developed,  you will be  apply for a career grade to become Senior APBP.


Following consultation with all employees, the IOPC have adopted a Future Ways of Working Plan to include remote working whenever desired, although some attendance in the Sale/ Wakefield office will be beneficial and required to perform some specific parts of the role. We fully support flexible working and recognise the benefits of a healthy work/life balance for our employees and the organisation.



What you will need


  • Experience of providing advice, guidance and coaching to managers
  • An excellent knowledge of the law as it relates to recruitment and employee relations
  • Demonstrable pragmatic problem-solving skills
  • Organised, self-motivated and capable of working autonomously.
  • Confident communicator with the ability to influence and engage colleagues
  • A good understanding of the General Data Protection regulations and experience of working with and protecting personal data
  • Knowledge or experience of working with people who may be marginalised, ensuring that they are able to get their voice heard
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development



  • Formally accredited mediation skills
  • Working knowledge of success profiles




  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development at Level 5 or above.


What we offer

  • 27.5 days paid annual leave (increasing with service to 32.5 days)
  • options to carry over, buy or sell annual leave
  • Generous Civil Service pension
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC) membership
  • Staff Networks focused on each of the protected characteristics – run for staff, by staff
  • flexible working options


About the IOPC

As a totally independent body, not part of the police or government, we oversee the police complaints system in England and Wales. As well as setting the standards the police should apply when handling complaints, we investigate and make decisions on some of the UK’s most sensitive cases, including where police action may have led to death or serious injury.



We may assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Making effective decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, to find out more, please click here. Throughout the recruitment process we will assess your strengths, experience and values. As part of the application process you will be asked to complete four sift stage questions, one being a statement of suitability outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role based on the essential criteria.


Be yourself.

The diversity of our staff is one of our key strengths. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, sex, marital or civil partnership status, parental status, religion or belief.

We’re building a culture where difference is valued. Be a part of it.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out for the successful candidate during the pre-employment process


Reasonable adjustment

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.


Complete the  “Additional requirements”  section of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process.

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