Senior Human Resources Business Partner [Projects]

Last updated 3 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

About network rail and the department:

Network Rail are on a mission. The mission is to become one of Britain's best employers and believe that starts with our colleagues and customers who we put at the heart of everything we do!

We're passionate about great service, and ask ourselves; what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? We pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. View our short video on our Putting Passengers and Freight First (PPFF) programme that outlines some key things we are working on as a business.

The Eastern region operates some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to and from busy cities including Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

Brief Description

Brief description:

There is an exciting opportunity to join us in a role that is vital to our success. We are looking for a Senior Human Resources Business Partner to join our Eastern Human Resources team.

As Senior HR Business Partner [Projects] for the Eastern Region, you will lead the creation and implementation of strategy for key HR projects including Productivity, Strategic Workforce Planning, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent and Succession. An integral member of the HR senior leadership team, you will proactively identify, plan and meet the people needs of the business in order to improve business performance, in coordination with other members of the Human Resources team as required.

The location of this role is flexible across Eastern and you can be based from York, Derby or Stratford.

What's it like to work at Network Rail? Follow the link to gain a deeper understanding.

About the role (External)

Role and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  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 strategic objectives and drive a culture of opportunities.
  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 coordinated 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. Collaborate closely with HR Business Partners in other areas of the business in order to work collaboratively on cross business/geographical issues.

About the role (internal & external):

Are you?

  • Demonstrates strong business/commercial approach and understanding of business needs.
  • Demonstrable 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 culture of opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrable a track record of operating in a sophisticated 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).

Do you have?

  • MCIPD/post-graduate human resources qualification.
  • Understanding of project management principles and experience of leading sophisticated projects to successful conclusion.
  • Experience of working within a unionised environment.

Key Leadership Capabilities

  • Influencing others
  • Crafting solutions
  • Understanding others
  • Making things happen
  • Thinking flexibly
  • Customer focus

How to apply (External)


Salary and benefits:

    Salary of £51,156 - £57,551 (Band 3.C) depending on skills, qualifications and experience

      28 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays

        My benefits - Our discounted online shopping site

          A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, healthcare offers - cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits

            Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets

              A choice of contributory pension schemes

                2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community

                **Please note that the advert closes on the 30-09-2020 and late applications will not be considered **

                The location of this role is flexible across Eastern and you can be based from York, Derby or Stratford.

                Oh, and by the way

                We care deeply about welcoming people no matter where they're from, how old they are or what disability they may have. We encourage applications from every age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or caring responsibility. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you!

                We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential skills and experience detailed above. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

                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.

                If you like the sound of all that, we'd love it if you could submit your application online.