Lead HR Business Partner [Interim] x 2

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.

Temporary cover: Post One is a maternity cover and Post Two is available for 2 years fixed term/secondment.

The University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge is one of the foremost global Universities and 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 our academic and non-academic Department to achieve excellence in education, learning and research, whilst also seeking to ensure that the University continues to maintain and enhance its reputation as a leading employer. We are entering an exciting period of change, transforming the way in which we work.

The Role:

As Lead HR Business Partner at the University of Cambridge, you will be a key strategic partner to the School or Division you are aligned to, delivering comprehensive HR service and collaboratively supporting organisational transformation. Working in partnership with leaders, key stakeholders within the School or Division and other HR colleagues. As the most senior HR professional assigned to the School or Division, you will:

  • Support the development of service and workforce planning processes over the short, medium, and long-term;

  • Identify strategic people priorities and develop appropriate action plans;

  • Coordinate the delivery of HR services and solutions to meet strategic aims and objectives;

  • Contribute to the development of innovative HR policies and practices;

  • Lead and manage projects contributing to organisational development and the delivery of strategic objectives;

  • Advise on complex, sensitive, and high-risk employee relations cases;

  • Monitor and review people management data to identify people risks and issues as well as opportunities for further improvement.

What we will offer 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:

  • Graduate with membership of the CIPD or equivalent experience;

  • Extensive experience in a senior HR role, with and multi-discipline knowledge and experience;

  • The ability to analyse problems at a strategic and operational level and develop a range of creative and innovative HR solutions which will add value;

  • Experience of contributing towards the development of organisation-wide level strategies and work plans;

  • Good people management and leadership skills, acting positively, flexibly, and constructively to bring energy and focus to the work;

  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to produce and present clearly articulated, well-structured, concise reports for senior management and committees;

  • Excellent communication, influencing and negotiation skills, with experience of liaising with both internal and external customers;

  • An innovative and creative approach, being open to ideas and challenge and personally committed to individual learning and development;

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels across the University, taking a collaborative approach to influence outcomes and get things done.

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

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.

These are full-time opportunities but we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible and hybrid working arrangements.

We particularly encourage candidates from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background to apply for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level within our Division.

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

Please ensure a CV and supporting letter is uploaded with your application.

Further information is available via the link below.

Informal enquiries about the role are welcomed and should be directed to: pahrddad@admin.cam.ac.uk

Closing date: 4th December 2023

Please quote reference AH39483 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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