About the role

Are you ready for a change? 

Do you want to step outside your comfort zone and help shape the people agenda within a HR team that is embracing change? Ever thought about joining NHS Digital?

People are at the heart of our ambitions and our People Plan is providing the platform to embed this across the organisation. This is an exciting time to join NHS Digital, this is less about traditional HR and more about being architects of organisational performance through people.

Working closely with your Senior HR Business Partner as part of our HR team, you will focus on creating a purposeful connection between the business and HR. You will offer HR insight across a full range of HR activity including attraction, resourcing, change, leadership, development, employee relations, engagement, inclusion, and wellbeing.

Extremely people focused, you will always see the bigger picture, be innovative in your thinking and collaborative in your approach to ensure our people are at the heart of NHS Digital.

This role is being recruited on a 12 month fixed term contract basis.

As a HR Business Partner – Business Partnering you will be responsible for:

  • acting as a Subject Matter Expert, providing HR expertise and specialist advice across your business areas on a range of people activities.
  • taking the lead on complex employee relations cases.
  • supporting and the HR team and senior stakeholders in the implementation of the people plan ambitions.
  • acting as the link between your business area and the wider HR teams including the Centres of Excellence, Recruitment and Resourcing and others in relation to the delivery of people activities.
  • supporting the Directorate Management Teams to discharge their responsibilities and oversee the implementation and delivery of their people priorities.
  • informing and influencing HR and people activities using evidence-based approach, utilising data and analytics to support decision making.

About you

Some of the key skills and experience you'll bring:  

  • Post graduate degree/diploma or equivalent qualification or experience.
  • MCIPD or willing to work towards it with demonstrable equivalent level of knowledge already gained through experience.
  • Technical expertise and significant experience across the full range of HR and Organisational Capability and Development disciplines.
  • Experience of providing HR expertise in a large and complex organisation, delivering through others both inside and outside the function.
  • Strong knowledge of employment law and the ability to communicate highly complex employment related policy and legal issues to a variety of internal and external audiences.
  •  Experience of working with multiple internal stakeholders, including HR colleagues such as the Centres of Excellence and other key business functions such as finance, commercial and legal.

About us

NHS Digital is a great place to work. What we do matters.
Our outstanding teams are passionate about technology and public service, making use of everyone’s skills to improve people’s lives.
We collaborate to deliver world class tech and intelligence, so come and join us. We are committed to sustainability, diversity and inclusion; our people are at the heart of what we do.
Find out about the amazing work we do by visiting our website: https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital
Find further information on the current work we are undertaking meeting the challenges of the pandemic here: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Why you should apply

We value the different experiences our people bring to their work at NHS Digital. We're working to create an environment where everyone can make a full contribution no matter their background, identity, or circumstances.

Which means, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.  Don't worry if you don’t meet all the criteria we’ve suggested – knowledge and experience you've gained in other ways might make us think about the role differently. Go ahead and apply.

Our work matters. You matter.

What we offer you:

  • we're moving to a hybrid working approach which offers you an informal, flexible way of blending home and office working
  • flexible working opportunities - we value and respect the diversity of our employees, and applications from prospective candidates who require flexible working arrangements are welcomed; these include part-time hours, job sharing, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 days with service
  • ability to buy and sell annual leave  
  • a generous pension (with our contribution equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • employee benefit schemes including our Season Ticket Loan, Car Lease and Bike to Work schemes

Next steps

Remote interviews will take place w/c 7th of February, remotely via Microsoft Teams. Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile.

This post is not exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We only ask applicants to disclose convictions which are not yet spent / unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Following an offer of employment, we will carry out a Basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the pre-employment check process.


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