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Business Partner – Policy, Strategy and Reward

University of Derby
Derby, Derbyshire
£48,906 to £61,133 with scope for progression up to £70,303
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

At the University of Derby, we have one simple promise – to make a positive impact. Through our ground-breaking research, teaching excellence and commitment to sustainable living, we are changing lives for the better.

In our People Experience and Culture team, we foster a culture of excellence which positively impacts the staff experience and supports the University’s growth and success for our students. We focus on the wellbeing of our colleagues and support our leaders to create engaged, goal-aligned teams that power our organisation and community.

We are looking for a knowledgeable and versatile professional to join our HR team in the role of Business Partner – Policy, Strategy and Reward. This unique position offers the chance to significantly shape our University’s HR strategy, with a special emphasis on developing expertise in the pay and reward agenda.

The salary for this role is £48,906 to £61,133 per annum. For exceptional performers, there is scope for further progression of up to £70,303 per annum.

About You

You might be an experienced HR Business Partner, an Operations Manager who has overseen Payroll and Pensions, or someone with a strong background in Policy, Strategy, or Reward. You may be a current specialist looking to broaden your remit. You will have a keen interest in reward and employee relations as part of our wider resourcing and HR agenda.

In this key position, you'll play a crucial role in advancing the university's HR strategy, including innovative pay and reward approaches. Your efforts will be key to aligning HR policy and strategy with the university's wider objectives, thereby enhancing employee engagement and making a substantial contribution to our overarching HR vision.


As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

About Us

At Derby, we have worked to build a powerful, regional university that addresses the needs of our students, the region and beyond. Recognised by the Times Higher Education as one of the top 250 young universities in the world, our reputation for delivering excellence in research, knowledge exchange and teaching continues to grow.

Our combined higher and further education offering is spread over campuses in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield, and we have some of the best university facilities in the UK, investing more than £200 million in facilities over the last 10 years.

We have the same ambitions for our people, and because we specialise in identifying and developing individual potential, you can be confident you'll receive all the help and encouragement you need to build a rewarding career with lots of opportunities to progress.

Choose a career at the University of Derby and you'll be part of an energetic, innovative team dedicated to inspiring learners and making a positive impact in the East Midlands region.

Ready to make a difference? If you’re a dedicated HR professional and eager to develop your expertise in Reward and Employee Relations, we would love to hear from you.

For more information and to apply, please click the “Apply” button.

Closing date: Wednesday, 14 February 2024.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect everyone who works for us to also share this commitment and to treat people with courtesy and respect.

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