HR Business Partner

HR Business Partner


up to c. £50,000



Job Description

The Role


The HR Business Partner is responsible for working in partnership with their allocated business areas to provide a professional HR and organisational development service that is customer-focused and drives performance improvement.


The post-holder will be assigned to provide a service to designated University departments or work areas.


The role’s primary function will be to develop strategies and implement business and workforce initiatives, which support Faculty/Professional Service plans and objectives.


The role will also be accountable for providing operational support to managers on complex employee relations issues and liaison with HR colleagues to ensure high standards are met.


The HR Business Partner will contribute to cross-University HR projects as directed by their line managers


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide expert advice, guidance and support to managers, academic departments and support departments on People Strategy and policies, procedures, workforce policy, policies and procedures and employment law issues.
  • Promote, encourage and support effective people management initiatives across the University.
  • Lead key strategic issues in support of the People Strategy.
  • Support organisational design, change and development including departmental restructuring and rationalisation initiatives, providing advice and guidance on issues relating to workforce planning, retraining, redeployment and redundancy situations.
  • Support line managers with absence monitoring and review, engaging with other internal and external bodies as appropriate in conjunction with other members of the HR team.
  • Draft reports for the Director of HR & OD to present to the University Executive and Council Committees.
  • Work with the Diversity and Inclusion Manager to deliver the aims of the Strategic Equality Plan – ensuring that customer departments embrace diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Advise managers on innovative attraction, recruitment, selection, reward and recognition issues.
  • Advise on the application of the Framework Agreement and make recommendations for negotiation in light of business needs.
  • Work with the HR Metrics and Workforce Planning Manager to proactively analyse HR data and use to inform local and University-wide decision making.
  • Write and present reports to the University’s committees as appropriate.
  • Deliver a proactive professional HR service by meeting with Departmental managers and senior Faculty managers on a regular, planned basis, providing timely HR intelligence and helping resolve individual issues promptly.
  • Participate in meetings with trade union representatives in relation to casework, policy development and new initiatives in support of the People Strategy.
  • Lead on formal disciplinary and grievance cases applying and interpreting policies, procedures and employment law as appropriate.
  • Keep up-to-date with relevant employment legislation including case law and best practice across higher education and more widely.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and communication of HR initiatives, policy and procedures to continually improve people-related practices in support of the University strategy.
  • Lead team-based projects and to provide support, coaching, development and guidance to HR staff. • Where required, line manage HR Officer, support and effectively delegate work.
  • To undertake health and safety duties and responsibilities appropriate to the post.
  • To be committed to the University’s Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy
  • To be committed to your own development and that of your staff
  • Any other reasonable duties requested commensurate with the grade of this role.

Successful Applicant


  • Qualification in a HR related subject or equivalent HR experience in a complex organisation.
  • Relevant experience of operating at Business Partner level 3
  • Experience of trade union negotiations and dealings.
  • Significant experience of dealing with employee relations issues including complex casework and tribunal management and participation.
  • Knowledge of employment law precedents, case law, University policies and sector practice to provide appropriate advice.
  • Ability to translate your business acumen skills into strong workforce initiatives that deliver impact and alignment to strategic priorities.
  • Demonstrable ability in managing organisational change, workforce planning, restructuring and cultural change.
  • Demonstrable ability to operate as part of and provide appropriate leadership to a team.
  • Confident communicator with well-developed verbal and written skills including persuasion, persistence, encouragement, negotiation, influencing skills, report writing and presentation.
  • IT skills using Microsoft Office, bespoke HR packages and the HR database.
  • Ability to work with a conflicting set of priorities and to tight deadlines, whilst maintaining attention to detail.
  • Initiative, problem solving, analytical skills and decision[1]making abilities.
  • Line management ability to coach professional colleagues, delegate effectively and ensure quality standards. 14. Oral (spoken) and Written Welsh Level C1.