Interim HR Business Partner x 2 – Human Resources

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Interim HR Business Partner x 2 – Human Resources
Catford, Lewisham
Interim Position

Lewisham 0006 9B47 / 1

Posted: 14th October 2022 14:55
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  • Pay Rate:

    £27.40 per hour PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Catford, Lewisham,

    SE6 4RU

What's involved with this role:

Interim HR Business Partner – Human Resources

Reference no:  Lewisham 0006 9B47 / 1

Pay Rate: £27.88 per hour PAYE (plus 34 days of paid holiday)

Hybrid working

The purpose of the role is to co-ordinate, direct and lead the team in the provision of a comprehensive, value-added, high-quality expert and professional HR service across all Council directorates on all aspects of human resources.

The role will provide expert advice on employment legislation and on Council policies and procedures to minimise risk and reputational damage to the Council.  As part of the HR function, it provides a comprehensive value-added, high-quality Human Resource Management Service in partnership with directorate services, ensuring the delivery of a customer focused professional service.

Key responsibilities:

  • Direct and manage the team in the provision of high quality expert HR employee relation services, including providing expert advice, guidance and support across the directorates on complex people management issues and cases, including organizational change (restructuring and TUPE), and employee relations case work, ensuring the delivery of a customer focused and professional service.
  • Support the delivery of services’ priorities in all aspects of people management, developing effective working relationships with managers to achieve that.
  • Lead and direct the team in the provision of expert advice and support to managers on complex management of change issues including reorganisation /restructuring redundancy/redeployment, outsourcing/TUPE, job evaluation and consultation processes. This will include providing advice on financial and equality implications; job design, establishment control and reconciliation.
  • Analyse, monitor and review all HR metrics for the directorate(s), preparing reports and recommendations for DMT and other service management meetings. This will include using external insight and intelligence to help inform recommendations.
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of HR policies and protocols across the Directorates, identifying areas for improvement and development and making recommendations for the development of HR policy to support the continual smooth running of the Council. Review and develop areas of HR policy and practice as allocated, ensuring the Councils policies and procedures are legally compliant and in line with best practice.
  • Build and maintain constructive working relationships with trade union representatives and other staff representatives. Undertake consultation and negotiation participating as necessary in Directorate consultative forums.
  • Support and encourage managers to make best use of the Council’s learning and development offer, working with the learning and development team, to ensure that staff have the knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil individual and organisational needs and ambitions.
  • Advise and coach managers to improve people management and performance across the Directorates
  • Oversee the design and delivery of people management training and play an active role in the delivery of induction events, engagement activities, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Support the development of a working environment where every individual’s unique contribution is valued and respected, enabling all employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues across the council and external partners/suppliers to in ensure the effective delivery of employee relations services, this will include but not be limited to colleagues in legal services, finance, audit, H&S and communications, occupational health.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:



  1. Chartered membership of the Institute of Personnel and Development or demonstrable equivalent experience.



  1. Successful track record as an HR practitioner in a complex environment/organisation.
  2. Experience of managing others and setting performance targets.
  3. Up to date knowledge of corporate and business challenges facing local authorities and public bodies and how to deliver people management solutions that address those.
  4. Sound knowledge of employee engagement, employment law, best practice and employee relations to deliver key outcomes that support the organisation’s priorities and objectives.
  5. Experience of successfully developing and implementing people management solutions to deliver agreed organisational outcomes.
  6. Good track record in leading and delivering people management initiatives and interventions to improve performance management and the employee experience.
  7. Good understanding and experience of the political interface in a local authority and the role and needs of elected members.
  8. Experience of successfully managing relationships and stakeholders within a complex organisation.
  9. Experience of working in a unionised environment.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Strong communication skills – able to speak confidently, persuasively and articulately and to write clearly and effectively.
  2. Able to attend meetings in the evenings; to work outside normal office hours; and to work beyond minimum hours as and when required to achieve deadlines.
  3. Highly organised, able to prioritise and handle change, and to lead a team to work calmly and effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines
  4. Ability to use information technology including MS Office and financial and human resources management systems.
  5. Good project management and financial management knowledge.
  6. Astute, with the ability to identify long and short term risks and opportunities, and to think creatively and work collaboratively to develop and deliver practical solutions
  7. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


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  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Interim HR Business Partner x 2 – Human Resources
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