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HR Business Partner

The National Archives
Kew, London (Greater)
£49k - £52k
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

Job Details

Are you an HR Business Partner looking for an opportunity where you can operate as a trusted and strategic partner to add value to an organisation that’s a leader in its sector?

Are you interested in joining an organisation committed to being inclusive, entrepreneurial, and disruptive?

Could you help us navigate the people opportunities and challenges both in the short and long term to ensure we remain a special place to work?

In our strategic vision: Archives for Everyone, we set ourselves the challenge of becoming the 21st Century national archive - a different kind of cultural and heritage institution: Inclusive, Entrepreneurial, Disruptive. This means we are often at the forefront of innovation including advances in preserving the physical record and in digital technologies and solutions. The realisation of this vision though won’t happen overnight. It will take time, and continued focus, effort and daring.

You will therefore be joining an organisation steeped in history that is also constantly evolving to meet the challenges of the modern world. As a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales, we are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic documents from the Domesday Book and Shakespeare’s will, to Government tweets and everything in between.

For us to remain this special place to work, we are seeking a highly credible HR Business Partner to join our friendly and supportive team, operating as a strategic partner to support the delivery of positive business outcomes.

In this role you will provide specialist HR expertise, supporting and challenging business leaders to achieve our strategic goals. Using your strong relationship-building skills, you’ll coach and advise managers in order to raise capability and engender a culture of high performance.

You’ll drive consistency of approach in workforce planning, managing and developing talent to support current and future needs, in line with our strategic goals and strategic workforce plan.

You will design and deliver high impact people solutions which align with our values, using management information to inform business decisions and anticipate trends. Working collaboratively across our wider People, Inclusion and Change team, you will proactively share best practice, raise capability and continually improve the level of service we provide.

We would particularly like to encourage applicants from backgrounds currently underrepresented in archives, including those who identify as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT+), from Black, Asian and minority ethnic cultural backgrounds, those who are neurodivergent, and those with hidden or visible disabilities.

This is a full time post. However, requests for part-time working, flexible working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department. A combination of onsite and home working is available and applicants should be able to regularly travel to our Kew site.



The National Archives is a non-ministerial department of the Government of the United Kingdom. Its parent department is the Department for Culture, Media and Sport of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

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