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Human Resources

Senior HR Business Partner – 48893
£50,427 - £5,900,054,274
National

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Overview of the role:

The Ministry of Justice is a major government department at the heart of the justice system. We deliver some of the most fundamental public services including courts, tribunals, prisons, legal services, youth justice, probation services, and attendance centres.

The organisation works together with other government departments and agencies to bring the principles of justice to life for everyone in society. From our civil courts, tribunals and family law hearings, to criminal justice, prison and probation services. We work to ensure that sentences are served, and offenders are encouraged to turn their lives around and become law-abiding citizens. We believe the principles of justice are pivotal and we are steadfast in our shared commitment to uphold them.

Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

Our 4 strategic priorities to deliver our vision are:

  • A prison and probation service that reforms offenders.
  • A modern courts and justice system.
  • A Global Britain that promotes the rule of law.
  • A transformed department that is simpler, smarter and more unified.

For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice.

The People Group within the Ministry of Justice

The people who work for the Ministry of Justice are responsible for its success; and the role of the Ministry of Justice People Group is to support the organisation by enabling our people to be the best that they can be.

We operate as a cluster of HR services working seamlessly to provide expert support, advice and delivery throughout the employee lifecycle. From the time people join the organisation, to the point at which they leave, we strive to make a positive contribution to their work experience. We want everyone who works for the Ministry of Justice to feel confident in their skills, ambitious for the future and fulfilled by their work and relationships with their colleagues.

Each service area is led by a Divisional Director/Head of Service who is responsible for managing a team of HR professionals. Programmes of work are agreed annually and delivered collaboratively as part of the People Group Business Plan.

These positions sit within the HRBP MoJ Headquarters function. HRBPs are a primary route into People Group and the commissioning of people services for business areas. They work in partnership with Centres of Expertise and Operations to enable the employee lifecycle.

Working within a HQ team led by the Divisional Director (MoJ HQ HR Business Partnering and SCS Team) you will work within a team that ensures our people are at the heart of everything we do.

As a HR Business Partner in MoJ HQ, you will be responsible for forging productive relationships with relevant senior leadership teams, enabling translation of business priorities and strategy into a coherent people agenda with targeted interventions.

Working alongside a Director to support Directors and their Senior Leadership Team to design and deliver tailored HR interventions to drive improvements in effective leadership, people management, organisational design and development, change management and workforce strategy.

Post holders will work closely with colleagues across People Group to provide business insight to improve HR processes, systems and the service provided to business areas. They will address medium and longer-term challenges by working closely with MOJ’s People Group’s Expert Centres and HR colleagues across MoJ and its agencies, as well as the wider Civil Service professions.

Key to this role is the need to be a credible HR professional with the ability to establish quality relationships. While the HRBP is the primary contact for senior stakeholders, their success is reliant upon the strength and support of the rest of the People Group function via Shared Services and Expert Services, as such the individual will need to be able to deliver through others.

In summary the post holder will:

  • Working closely with Directors and Senior Leadership Team on strategic workforce planning to establish existing and future workforce numbers, skills requirements and organisation structures;
  • Providing support and advice on resourcing vacancies, ensuring compliance with Civil Service Commissioner Principles;
  • Advising- on and delivering talent management – supporting building capability through implementing talent reviews, supporting performance validation and advising on capability plans for the business;
  • Supporting Directors and Senior Leadership Teams to identify and plan employee engagement interventions, using Civil Service People Survey data, that will drive increased capability and performance;
  • Engaging Directors and Senior Leadership Teams to ensure people issues and risks are considered at the appropriate time;
  • Supporting the implementation of changes by proactively planning and advising on effective change management.

Senior HRBPs (MoJ Headquarters) – To be successful you will be a self-starter with drive and energy, strong interpersonal skills and a team-centric and collaborative way of working. You will need to demonstrate your skills and experience against the following criteria:

  • Strong stakeholder management skills built on a foundation of trust and professionalism;
  • Personal drive and ambition, with a focus on delivering a quality service to a broad range of customers;
  • Finely tuned communication skills, with the awareness and ability to sensitively tailor messages to various audiences without compromising the key points;
  • Effective leadership skills, both directly and via matrix management, with the ability to engage and inspire others;
  • Receptive to feedback, and keen to implement and innovate change;
  • Resilient in the face of challenge, with the confidence to present and defend your view;
  • A positive approach to problem solving;
  • A collaborative approach, keen to work with others to achieve progress against shared objectives;
  • Awareness of the wider context of the country, department and profession, and an understanding of the impact of these on your area of work.    
  • CIPD qualified or the willingness to study within the next two years (there is the opportunity to undertake an Apprenticeship with this role);
  • Experience in using a range of analytical tools;
  • Experience of change management, whole systems thinking and organisational developments concepts;
  • Experience of identifying and implementing continuous improvement in HR practices;
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of HR Operating Models and Shared Services processes.

Behaviours & Strengths (for Recruitment/Success Profiles):

The essential criteria for the role are the following behaviours and experience:

(Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following behaviours at Grade 7)

Managing a Quality Service (lead behaviour)

  • Work with stakeholders to set priorities, objectives and timescales;
  • Successfully deliver high quality outcomes that meet the customers’ needs and gives value for money;
  • Identify risks and resolve issues efficiently.

Working Together

  • Encourage joined up team work within own team and across other groups;
  • Establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders;
  • Collaborate with these to share information, resources and support.

Making Effective Decisions

  • Analyse and use a range of relevant, credible information from internal and external sources to support decisions;
  • Display confidence when making difficult decisions, even if they prove to be unpopular;
  • Present strong recommendations in a timely manner outlining the consideration of other options, costs, benefits and risks.

Communicating and Influencing

  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact;
  • Ensure communication has a clear purpose and takes into account people’s individual needs;
  • Share information as appropriate and check understanding.

Experience

  • Experience and ability to influence and deliver through others;
  • You must have experience of confidently, concisely and effectively communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (at all levels);
  • Highly credible HR professional with a strong client focus;
  • Strong consultancy, partnership and relationship building skills;
  • Coaching and influence senior leaders and managers.

Essential Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

Experience required for the positions:

  • Experience and ability to influence and deliver through others;
  • You must have experience of confidently, concisely and effectively communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (at all levels);
  • Highly credible HR professional with a strong client focus;
  • Strong consultancy, partnership and relationship building skills;
  • Coaching and influence senior leaders and managers.

Desirable Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

It is desirable that you have:

  • CIPD qualified;
  • Experience in using a range of analytical tools;
  • Experience of identifying and implementing continuous improvement in HR practices;
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of HR Operating Models and Shared Services processes.

Qualifications:

Essential – CIPD qualified

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

For nationally advertised campaigns, candidates will be appointed to their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.

Benefits

The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Pension

The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Training

The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.

Support

  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

Networks

The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.