HR Business Partner
  • Employer: London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Reference: CEO00047
  • Published: Mon 31/10/2022, 1:47 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 30/11/2022, 1:47 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £61455.00 - £65838.00 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Uxbridge

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HR Business Partner

About us

Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents First.

Hillingdon is London's second largest borough. Our staff live across Hillingdon and beyond, with our main council offices at the Civic Centre in the heart of vibrant Uxbridge town centre. Our borough offers fantastic transport links with the A40, M25, the Metropolitan, Elizabeth and Piccadilly lines all local to us, so you can travel to work with ease, with free parking within our own car park. We also offer a hybrid working arrangements, with time balanced between the office and home.

Putting our residents first is at the heart of everything we do, and we are embarking on an ambitious plan to modernise our offering, while sustaining the high quality services and facilities they expect

As part of our ambitious transformation project, we have re-structured our Human Resource function, and as a result, we are looking to appoint a a number of highly skilled HR Business Partners. The roles report into the Head of HR and leads a small team of HR Advisors.

About the role

To lead on the implementation of the HR Strategy for the defined service area, ensuring that any changes are made in line with the specific requirements of the service area. To lead a team of HR Advisors ensuring that a full HR advisory service is provided and to manage the delivery of the specialist functional areas of HR into the service areas.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure the HR Strategy is understood, with any changes reflecting the needs of the business
  • Identify people priorities from service area plans, translating business requirements into effective HR practices and delivering people solutions aligned to business objectives
  • Delivering key HR initiatives across the HR spectrum, including:workforce planning, restructuring, resourcing, talent management, pay and reward, employee relations, employee engagement and performance management
  • Lead and develop the HR Advisors ensuring they reach their full potential
  • Ensure that the specialist HR functions are delivering on the defined service level agreements (SLA's) escalating any variances as appropriate and giving recognition for quality delivery
  • Deliver best practice across aspects of HR within the team and into the service area, with constructive challenge where required
  • Provide regular reporting and analysis of trends against the HR Key Performance Indicators (KPI's), taking proactive steps to address any variances
  • Introduce and drive change management initiatives
  • Ensure all recruitment and resourcing service for the service area is well planned and executed, with an excellent candidate experience that attracts the highest level of talent
  • Oversee investigations and complex employee relations for the service area including redundancy, discipline, absence, and grievances
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the recognised Trade Union to maintain a positive working environment
  • Ensure all outcomes and advice in line with equality and diversity and support the achievement of Council equality standards.
  • Supporting line managers with identifying training and development needs for their people and helping them to create plans to address the gaps.
  • Lead the service area to create their talent and succession plans
  • Provide effective coaching for line managers within the service area

About you

Our ideal candidates will come from a range of backgrounds, ideally with a blend of private and public sector experience. Those who have supported service areas within a local authority setting would be especially welcome. You will be a commercially focused HR Business Partner, who has experience of a similar role and can demonstrate adding value through the HR initiatives that you have implemented. Experience of managing change will be essential, with strong analytical skills, the ability to develop excellent relationships with key stakeholders also key attributes. Experience of working within a Unionised environment would be helpful along with a strong understanding of UK employment legislation.

What we offer

The role offers a competitive salary of £61,455 to £65,838 per year. New employees are usually offered the starting salary of the band, however for more experienced candidates' consideration may be made to join at a salary on a higher level within the band. We also offer a wide range of company benefits and whilst these vary according to the business area and role, they typically include:

  • local government average salary pension scheme
  • free parking if based at the Civic Centre
  • a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
  • generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
  • career breaks and flexible working hours
  • season ticket loan and access to a Credit Union
  • access to a wide range of training and courses with discounts on a variety of adult education courses run by the council
  • payment of professional fees where these are required
  • discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
  • cycle purchase and car sharing scheme
  • 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses

Additional information

Please upload your CV and a covering letter explaining clearly why you consider yourself to be an excellent fit for the role.

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