HR Business Partner

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

The University of Cambridge is one of the foremost Universities globally and is widely recognised as a renowned centre for research, education, and scholarship. We employ more than 13,000 staff, approximately half of whom are academic or research staff and the other half are professional services staff. Our Human Resources (HR) Division supports the University to deliver its goals of excellence in education, learning and research via the recruitment, retention, reward, recognition, and development activities of our staff. We are entering an exciting period of change transforming the way in which we work.

The Role:

We have a range of HR Business Partner (HRBP) opportunities within the University of Cambridge. As the HRBP aligned to a particular School or Non-School Institution (NSI), you will have responsibility for pro-actively supporting managers across the whole spectrum of HR practice. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of your area, to enable you to partner with key stakeholders to support the delivery of the strategic people priorities. In this busy and exciting role, you will develop and deliver innovative solutions and apply best practice to promote an inclusive and diverse culture. You will:

-Act as a central point of contact for managers to provide advice and guidance on a range of HR issues.
-Contribute to the identification and implementation of effective organisational change. -Advise on and support complex employee relations cases.
-Proactively identify service improvements.
-Project work to deliver service improvements and initiatives.
-Coach and develop managers and colleagues on effective people practices.

What we will give you:

-An opportunity to be part of a large, experienced, supportive, and collaborative team
-Excellent Pension scheme
-Annual leave of 41 days per year (incl. bank holidays)
-A wide range of exciting learning and development opportunities
-Excellent Employee benefits portal
-Family-friendly policies

What you will need:

-A graduate level education and membership of the CIPD or equivalent experience.
-Significant experience in either a generalist or specialist advisory HR role, with operational experience of employment law, case management and organisational change management.
-Experience of advising and influencing senior managers on HR issues.
-A positive and flexible approach to problem solving at a strategic and operational level.
-The ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels, with strong communication skills.
-Excellent influencing and negotiation skills, with experience of liaising with both internal and external customers.
-Strong analytical skills and the ability to produce and present clearly articulated, well structured, concise reports.
-Experience of project planning and delivery.

We have a number of opportunities available for HR professionals to join the team, and therefore, we will be reviewing applications on a regular basis. We reserve the right to close the position early if all available positions are filled.

Please note, previous applicants need not apply

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible and hybrid working arrangements.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Division.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Lauren Taylor, HR Coordinator at

Please quote reference AH39485 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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