Human Resources Business Partner

Last updated 8 days ago
Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name

HR Group Digital Railway & STE (348215) G5

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.

"Human Resources (HR) provides support on all people-related issues for Network Rail. We're responsible for creating an environment that attracts and engages high-performing individuals to deliver engineering and operational excellence for Britain's railway. Our approach is a pragmatic one, challenging where appropriate and professional in all areas of delivery."

As a HRBP you will work with the supported business leadership team, under the direction of the Lead/Senior HR Business Partner to deliver the business aligned People Plan/HR strategy and provide coaching and support to members of the supported leadership team.

Brief Description

The HRBP will provide a pro-active, value add HR support to the supported business leaders across the function/route on medium term and operational people issues.

The role is based in the Quadrant MK and will require national travel to other locations where the client group is based.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities:

    Working closely with the supported business, to implement and deliver 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.

      Work closely and building strong relationships with members of the supported business senior leadership team and other relevant stakeholders. Coach, advise and challenge, where appropriate, business leaders on short and medium term HR issues as required.

        Provide operational HR support on (for example) organisation change, senior appointments, salary and bonus, graduate or apprentice programmes.

          Successfully deliver client responsive, cost effective and integrated people solutions that address key business objectives, gaining acceptance from key stakeholders.

            Reinforce the ownership of people management by the business and line managers and support the HR delivery model.

              Work with the broader HR function, including Centres of expertise, HR Direct and HR shared services teams to provide the best solutions for the business.

                Work with appropriate Union representatives to support the business in delivering business solutions.

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


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

                      Proven experience of working in partnership and building strong working relationships with senior managers 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.

                            Experience of coaching and influencing senior managers.

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

                                Understands how to work with the business 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.

                                      Involvement in organisation change programmes e.g. TUPE, Organisation re-design,redundancy programmes, etc

                                        Graduate calibre


                                          MCIPD/post-graduate human resources qualification.

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

                                              Experience of managing 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 (External)

                                                            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 factors. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

                                                            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 benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets (to a maximum amount of £2,750).

                                                            Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                                                            Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £40,107 - £45,120

                                                            As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

                                                            Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

                                                              Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

                                                                Complete a satisfactory 3-year employment history check

                                                                  Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

                                                                  For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

                                                                  Closing date:3rd July 2020, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

                                                                  It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.

                                                                  This is a 15 month fixed term contract and has the potential to be extended.