Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project - to investment in world-class stations and major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Brief Description

Network Rail High speed is looking for an experienced Senior HR Business Partner to join the HR team. This is a great opportunity for an innovative, proactive and customer focussed Senior HR Business Partner to join a team that supports Network Rail High Speed to deliver the best High -Speed rail customer experience.

Reporting to the Lead HR Business Partner and having direct line management responsibility for 2 x Hr Business Partners and 1 x Hr Business Partner Support, you will lead the day to day operations of all HR activity within the business.

Location - the role has flexibility to be based at either Singlewell or London St Pancras

Please note this is a fixed term contract for 12 months with the view to go permanent.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

1.Working closely with the supported business area/s to develop, drive and implement the HR Strategy/People Plan to include; talent, succession planning and change management, in order to support the delivery of business objectives and drive a high performance culture.

2.Act as an integral member of the business leadership team, building strong relationships with senior business leaders and other relevant stakeholders.Coach, advise and challenging thinking in addition to co-development, design and execution of integrated medium to long term people initiatives to meet current and future business needs.

3.Act as a change agent; lead, support and contribute to change programmes, driving and championing the implementation of HR solutions within the supported business area, gaining acceptance from key stakeholders.

4.Proactively manage trade union relationships, working with the Employee Relations team, appropriate HR Business Partners and managers across the business.

5.Reinforce and support the ownership of people management by the business and line managers and the HR Business Partner model.

6.Influence the centres of expertise development of strategy and policy through sharing business/functional requirements and inputting into development and execution planning.

7.Work in collaboration with; Centres of Expertise, HR Shared Services, HR Direct and HR Business Partner teams to proactively identify and influence changes that improve HR service.

8.Liaise with HR Business Partners in other areas of the business in order to work collaboratively on cross business/geographical issues.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


    Demonstrates strong business/commercial approach and understanding of business needs.

      Proven experience of working in partnership with senior business leaders in order to improve people management.

        Passionate about customer service with ability to articulate previous achievements through business deliverables.

          Knowledge and experience of implementing best practice HR solutions to drive a high performance culture.

            Ability to establish professional credibility quickly.

              Experience of coaching, influencing and building strong working relationships with senior business leaders.

                Excellent communication skills and ability to negotiate and influence effectively with all levels of an organisation.

                  Experience of working with senior leaders to identify, develop and retain talent.

                    Excellent technical HR Knowledge - CIPD qualified or relevant experience to demonstrate level of competence.

                      Proven track record of operating in a complex working environment.

                        Broad experience of managing organisation change programmes e.g. TUPE, Organisation re-design,redundancy programmes, etc

                          Graduate calibre

                            Experience of working within a highly unionised environment (Essential for roles supporting Maintenance & Operations Functions).


                              MCIPD/post-graduate human resources qualification.

                                Understanding of project management principles and experience of managing complex projects to successful conclusion.

                                  Experience of working within a unionised environment.

                                  Key Leadership Capabilities

                                    Influencing others

                                      Creating solutions

                                        Understanding others

                                          Making things happen

                                            Thinking flexibly

                                              Customer focus

                                              How to apply

                                              Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                                              Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                                              Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

                                              We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £51,156 - £57,551

                                              Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

                                              Closing date: 20-11-2019. Late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.