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Human Resources

Senior Human Resources Business Partner (HMPPS) – 37785
£43,958 - £71,411


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Job Role Subject to GSR.  Location can be flexible and due to current restrictions may be remote until final work location arrangements have been established.  It is anticipated that the role will be based in an MoJ location within reasonable travelling distance of home.

Overview of the role:

Working within a HQ team led by the Divisional Director for 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 targetted 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.

Postholders 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 postholder 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

Responsibilities, Activities & Duties:

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 enagage 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.

Behaviours & Strengths (for Recruitment/Success Profiles):

  • Ability to coach and advise directors/senior managers.
  • Effective relationship builder – able to quickly build trusting relationships and interact effectively with all levels the organisation
  • Ability to communicate and influence senior leaders and establish credibility
  • Able to work at pace and flexibly to meet demands and priorities

Essential Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • Previous experience of working in a HR team within the Civil Service, and an awareness of the wider CSHR operating model
  • The ability to confidently build and manage a diverse range of relationships, including with senior stakeholders
  • Strong experience of leadership in a HR team, with experience of leading on HR strategy or previous experience as a HR Business Partner
  • Excellent communication skills, both in verbal and written formats
  • Ability to analyse and understand data and apply analytics to business delivery

Desirable Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • Project Management Experience
  • Trained in CS Job Evaluation methodolgies (JEGS and JESP)


Membership the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Additional Information

Candidates must be either Chartered Members of the CIPD or hold an equivalent Level 7 Qualification in Human Resources. 

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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.


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.


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


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


  • 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 any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


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;

2-     To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

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

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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.