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HR Business Partner

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the largest independent aerospace and defence companies in the world delivering innovation and excellence in engineering, support solutions and services in the air, on land and at sea.

Since 1909, we have been valued for our integrity, performance and customer focus which we have demonstrated through our innovative solutions and ability to deliver on time and to cost. 

We specialise in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft, alongside defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture.  Our capabilities include engineering design, manufacture, test and the provision of personnel, training and advice, whilst providing maintenance, integration and product support.   

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies that employs over 6,000 people with a turnover in excess of £2.7bn.

We are a respected total solutions provider for the military and commercial sectors.

Job Description

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) is part of the Marshall Group of Companies and are primarily based in Cambridge. The HR Management team are an established team who are starting to enjoy real influence on the whole decision making process for the entire MADG business.

Due to internal succession, we have a rare opportunity for an accomplished Human Resources Business Partner, based here in Cambridge. The role will be to strategically support a specific business area in all their activities; from Talent and Succession Partnering and understanding areas for future growth and talent needs, to supporting the business area moving into more commercial ways of working.

Reporting into the HR Director, you will work collaboratively with the board and key stakeholders with the purpose and focus being:

  • To contribute to delivery of overall business goals through the delivery of the HR Strategic Plan

  • To ensure that people issues are considered at the early stage of strategy formulation

  • To enable the business to achieve its goals by having the right people, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.

  • To understand key performance issues and objectives and drive the HR agenda to support business strategy and delivery.

  • This role is a true Business Partnering opportunity and we are looking for a consultative and proactive lead to be part of the wider HR team. The responsibilities within the role are broad and include:

  • Engage and influence stakeholders at all level of the organisation to support delivery of the MADG HR Strategy

  • To champion and implement HR initiatives across functions and business units and act as an ambassador for the HR function

  • To initiate and influence change management programmes

  • To champion communication and staff engagement within the business

  • To coach, challenge and advise managers on HR issues

  • To provide sound advice on all HR issues such as reward, performance, change, culture and leadership

  • To support the development of Senior Managers and develop and implement new working practices

  • To identify issues and trends and explore underlying causes in order to provide effective HR solutions / projects and initiatives

  • To align and design HR solutions to support business strategy

  • To contribute to the development of HR strategy

  • To identify and feedback issues to the senior HR management team for cross business solutions.


You will be passionate about HR Delivery, able to influence and align yourself to people at all levels. Your analytical and consultative approach means you can work with people with various mindsets and you will have the ability to communicate and show information in many different ways, depending on your audience. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Degree educated, ideally CIPD level 7 or equivalent.

  • Proven background within a Senior HR Business Partnering role.

  • Influencing change with key stakeholders.

  • Coaching Executives and Leaders.

  • Strong business and commercial awareness.

  • Comfortable challenging the status quo.

  • Agile worker, can adapt quickly change and reactive in a positive way.

The sector background for this role is less important but technically you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent in-depth technical knowledge of HR.

  • HR Business Partnering.

  • Workforce Planning.

  • Organisational Design.

  • Organisational Development.

  • Employee Engagement.

  • Performance Management.

  • Knowledge of employment law and legislation.

Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business, all employment is subject to satisfactory references being obtained, attainment of either an MoD SC (Security Check), appropriate UK Criminal Record Check or Foreign Police Check (whichever is applicable depending on duration of UK residency) and, as applicable, a medical assessment. Access to US technical data by employees requires prior Trade Control function approval. Clearance must be carried out against all applicable US export control authorisations.