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Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
Exeter, Devon
£50,512 - £54,279 per annum and a possible market supplement.
Closing date
30 Nov 2023


Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is looking for a Senior Human Resources Business Partner to join us and enhance our excellent team based in Exeter. You will join us on a full time, permanent basis (37 hours per week). In return you will receive a competitive salary of £50,512 - £54,279 per annum. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a market supplement to the salary range stated for this role.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is the largest non-metropolitan Fire and Rescue Service in England. We provide prevention, protection and response services across the counties of Devon and Somerset.

Our vision is that together, we will work to end preventable fire and rescue emergencies, creating a safer world for you and your family. Keeping people safe is what we do, and we owe our fantastic reputation to our highly skilled and motivated workforce.

About the role:

As our Senior Human Resources Business Partner (SHRBP) you will provide a tactical interface between People Services and the Service to meet the strategic human resource needs of DSFRS. You will operate as the DSFRS Employee and Industrial Relations expert and advise senior leaders on complex People matters as appropriate.

You will lead, guide and advise the HRBP team to provide high quality people management and development support across the Service, including employee relations and legislation, organisational development, talent management, succession planning, reward, employee development.

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Key responsibilities as our Senior Human Resources Business Partner:

  • To lead and manage the HRBP team and deliver high quality HR advice and guidance to leaders, managers and employees.
  • To lead People Services in the development and implementation of best practice policies, procedures and practices in line with employment law and government recommendations on all HR subject matters and issues.
  • To provide expert advice and guidance on core and complex employee relations issues and escalated cases as appropriate.
  • To provide expert industrial relations advice and guidance and lead appropriate HR actions to enable the delivery of service plans, projects and initiatives.
  • To lead on and champion the use of HR data to inform HR advice and provide insight for decision making and strategy development.

What we are looking for in our Senior Human Resources Business Partner:

Decisive thinker - Demonstrates the ability to analyse and understand data and information quickly. Is able to use information, insights and knowledge in a structured way using judgment wisely to identify options and make robust and defendable decisions.

Skilled influencer - Demonstrates the ability to influence across a complex environment, to gain the necessary commitment, consensus and support from a wide range of diverse stakeholders in pursuit of organisation benefit.

Personally credible - Builds a track record of reliable and valued support using relevant expertise and experience and does do with integrity and an objective manner.

Driven to deliver - Demonstrates a consistent and strong bias to action, taking accountability for delivery of results both personally and/or with others.

Courage to challenge - Shows courage and confidence to speak up, challenge others even when confronted with resistance or unfamiliar circumstances.

Collaborative - Works effectively and inclusively with colleagues, clients, stakeholders, customers, teams and individuals both within and outside the organisation.

Curious - Is open-minded with a bias and willingness to learn and enquire.

Emotional resilience - Self-awareness and optimism, ability to deal professionally with changing situations.

Closing Date: 2359hrs on Thursday, 30 November 2023.

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to succeed as our Senior Human Resources Business Partner please visit the advert on our website via the link below.

Our values

As a Service and as individuals: 

  • We are proud to help. 
  • We are honest.
  • We are respectful. 
  • We are working together. 

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service recognise and celebrate the vast diversity of the local communities that we serve and aspire for this to be reflected within our workforce. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, experience and beliefs, who share our values, to consider working for us. 

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