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People Business Partner

Social Work England
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
£45,462 per year, rising to £47,682 per year after successful completion of a 6-month probationary
Closing date
8 Jul 2024

Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles. Every day, social workers support millions of people, the work they do can transform people’s lives. Our purpose is to regulate social workers in England. We strive to raise standards, encourage professionalism and protect the public.

In all our work, we're guided by our behaviours and values. We developed these behaviours and values together with our people. We’re proud of them and what they mean to us as an employer and a specialist regulator.

We are looking for a People Business Partner to join our dynamic people and development team.  You will be a true partner to your stakeholders, providing advice, guidance and coaching across all people matters. Your expertise will build organisational and people capability, and shape and implement effective people strategies and activities.   

What you will do

  • Bring people and development expertise to develop and deliver solutions to help the organisation deliver its strategy  
  • Influence and build relationships with senior leadership and other stakeholders to understand people and development challenges within the organisation   
  • Coach and provide feedback to key stakeholders to help provide business efficiency   
  • Work collaboratively with people and development business partners to connect our capabilities to feed into and deliver the people plan.  
  • Work closely with business leaders to enhance workforce performance , develop people solutions and provide guidance on all people activity, such as people planning and restructures. 
  • Provide advice and support, on complex people issues, to leaders on people policy, procedures, and employee relations, ensuring our approach is legally compliant, fair and consistent.  This will include the management of employee relations casework.  
  • Generate insight from data and evidence, to produce people management information to inform people plans, projects and decision making. 
  • Work with the senior people and development business partner to ensure that  change is successfully managed and embedded.  
  • Highlight and escalate risk in relation to all people matters, identifying suitable actions for mitigation. 
  • Manage, support and coach direct reports and others in the team in a way that inspires, develops, motivates, and engages them. 
  • Maintain own CPD ensuring an up-to-date knowledge of people trends and work with others to share resources and good practice.       

Your skills, knowledge and experience

  • Experience in providing proactive, generalist human resources advice and support including recruitment and selection.
  • Experience of supporting line managers including the management of change and employee relations challenges.
  • A human resources qualification or be willing undertake a qualification in this role.
  • An ability to work independently and enthusiastically, taking responsibility for timely delivery of objectives
  • The ability to analyse statistics and data to produce effective management reporting Information.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to create and present clear, well structured policies and reports.
  • Excellent oral and listening skills with the ability to make sound and considered decisions and judgements.
  • Evidence of instilling confidence and credibility when dealing with sensitive, challenging and difficult situations.
  • A strong team player, capable of developing effective relationships at all levels within our organisation.
  • A demonstrable commitment to inclusion and diversity.


  • Job type: Permanent, full time.
  • Working pattern: Full time. We offer flexible working subject to business need.
  • Salary: £45,462 per year, rising to £47,682 per year after successful completion of a 6-month probationary period. 
  • Location: Sheffield/hybrid remote.
  • Benefits: flexible working, contributory pension, life insurance and upcoming benefits portal.
  • Interview date: To be confirmed.


During the application process, you'll be asked to provide answers to three questions from the job description. These answers will be what your application is scored on, please answer in as much detail as possible using examples where necessary.

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