Assistant HR Business Partner

Job Category: Other Jobs
Reference HQ00018966
Service Northamptonshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 months
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £19.66 per hour

About the job;

We are seeking a temporary Assistant HR Business Partner to be responsible for the delivery of expert, professional HR advice and coaching to managers within a designated service area, on all aspects of HR, in order to ensure that the organisation has excellent management of its employees and strong employee relations.

To drive the achievement of the organisation’s business and service plans by providing timely, expert, risk informed HR advice on all organisational change activity including redundancy, restructuring and TUPE to ensure the organisation has the right workforce to deliver its services.

To support the HR Business Partner in the delivery of a professional HR service that adds value and delivers effective business-focused solutions.  To work in partnership with managers and other HR professionals to drive organisational change and enable continuous improvement.

  • Provide professional HR advice to Managers to ensure that the service area has excellent management of its employees covering all aspects of performance, competence, conduct and attendance. To supervise and coach HR Advisor(s) to ensure a high level of service to line managers, encouraging a good level of pace and healthy level of risk is maintained in all advice.
  • Interpret and advise on the organisation’s employment policies, terms and conditions, and on employment law to ensure that the decisions taken achieve the service objectives in a cost effective and a policy/ legally compliant way, taking a managed approach to risk.
  • Take a project management approach to the delivery of organisational change (redundancy, restructuring and TUPE), working in partnership with the service managers to drive the HR aspects to ensure effective change management.
  • Manage all local consultation and negotiations with Trade Unions/Employee Representatives to achieve the organisations aims in the spirit of good employee relations and advising managers at the formal Consultative Forum with Trade Unions for the Service.
  • Coach managers to undertake their employee management roles and to support the development, design and delivery of management training on all aspects of employee relations to ensure that new managers are appropriately trained, and that the standard of management is continuously improved across the organisation.
  • Partner with managers to support delivery of their workforce strategy.
  • Advise Managers at employee hearings and appeals against dismissal. Work with the organisation’s legal advisors to prepare for and provide HR representation at tribunal hearings or other bodies as required, helping to assess the risk
  • Support continuous improvement of the HR service to customers by seeking continuous feedback and professional development opportunities and inputting into the development and review of policies and procedures, working with colleagues across HR (Payroll, Learning and Development, Health and Safety and Policy & Workforce Strategy) to deliver one HR service.
  • Demonstrate understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken at all times for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
  • This job description reflects the major tasks to be carried out by the post holder and identifies a level of responsibility at which they will be required to work. In the interests of effective working, the major tasks may be reviewed from time to time to reflect changing needs and circumstances. Such reviews and any consequential changes will be carried out in consultation with the post holder.
  • Senior substantial post qualification experience of working successfully as a HR professional, providing advice and direction in HR and Employee Relations to Senior Managers and teams in a complex organisation
  • Project Management experience undertaking organisational change, experience of matrix management in cross service teams and delivering project outcomes.
  • Experience of using and interpreting HR policies and procedures and use of best practice within employment legislation and conditions of service.
  • Proficiency in an employee relations environment dealing with a variety of unions on complex issues which include restructuring and TUPE.
  • Demonstrable Employment law knowledge.
  • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Knowledge of customer focus and service delivery approaches.
  • Significant experience of working in a unionised environment.
  • Experience of working in a large and complex organisation and advising on professional/skilled services
  • Educated to degree-level or equivalent and/or a management qualification.
  • CIPD qualified to Level 7 and either
  • Chartered Membership of CIPD or
  • Evidence of significant continuous professional development
  • PRINCE 2 project management or equivalent is desired.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • Pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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