HR Business Partner

HR Business Partner London, England

Transport for London
Full Time London, England 52000 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

HR Business Partner 041565
Job - Business Partnering
Position Type - Full Time

Salary- circa £52k plus excellent benefits
Location Southwark / Hybrid working

Contract Type:TfL Permanent and fixed term contracts available

Role Purpose

This role is accountable for supporting the Senior HR Business Partner with the development and delivery of their designated business units and people plans. You will also provide insight and recommend interventions to improve organisation effectiveness acting as a 'critical friend' to the business. You will also support day-to-day employee relations activity, including consultation, negotiation, and dispute resolution.

Key Accountabilities

  • Partner with senior leaders and colleagues (across HR and in specialist areas) to deliver priorities and activities as part of their business units people plan and HR BAU deliverables
  • Develop strong relationships with senior managers and drive business performance through effective coaching/influencing
  • Use business insights to influence opinions, challenge leaders and colleagues by recommending interventions to improve organisation effectiveness as well as about the current risks or benefits of their decisions, actions and behaviours that affect the long-term reputation and performance of the organisation
  • Support the Senior HR Business Partner to work with the business on Employee Relations matters (including negotiation and consultation), build positive relationships with Trade Unions and employees, seeking support from Employee Relations Specialists as required
  • Take the lead and work on HR projects / programmes as requested by the Senior HR Business Partner ensuring the efficient delivery and evaluation
  • Work with the business as a change expert to manage the efficient delivery and evaluation of change programmes, especially where related to people activities Ensure effective and timely implementation of HR initiatives in line with business priorities and the TfL People Strategy

Key interfaces:

  • Directors and senior managers to jointly identify their people requirements
  • People Strategy Hub, Strategic Planning & Governance, Employee Communications and Engagement and HR Operations teams to join up work and ensure fully coordinated delivery
  • Employee Relations to seek subject matter expert advice
  • Trade Union representatives to ensure constructive and professional relationships
  • Chairs of industrial relations forums/safety forums/officials from safety health and environment to enable constructive and professional relationships
  • Organisational change programmes e.g., TUPE, organisational re-design, restructuring programmes etc.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience all essential unless otherwise stated:


  • How collective employee relations needs to be managed in a complex and highly unionised environment
  • Knowledge of Trade Unions, their goals and internal structures and governance. Knowledge of Trade Union legislation.
  • Professionally qualified, e.g., higher level degree or equivalent (desirable)
  • Employment legislation and ACAS best practice and what the organisation needs to do to mitigate relevant risk
  • Managing mid-level consulting projects and applying expertise to provide business advice to senior managers. Conducts analysis and identifies issues, recommending and implementing solutions to internal customer needs


  • Knows how to offer professional, up-to-date, sensible advice to leaders, managers, staff, and peers and is regularly sought out to do so and challenges conventional wisdom
  • Coaching senior management and utilise subject experts for guidance in areas outside of own expertise
  • Knows how to gather data from a variety of sources and provide effective insight and analysis to inform credible conclusions and influence business units and the people strategy
  • Identify lessons learned and further improvements needed
  • Communication skills - highly effective written and presentation skills at all levels


  • Experience of performing an employee relations business partnering role in a large, complex, and highly unionised organisation
  • Demonstrated experience of successfully managing change
  • Experience of applying commercial and strategic awareness to problem solving
  • Experience of the negotiation and consultation process and can handle challenges with the ability to draft options and define the approach working with key stakeholders
  • Experience of the consultation process and can actively pre-empt and prepare for Trade Union challenges

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

We are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We want to represent the city we serve, which will help us become a more innovative and efficient organisation. Our goal is to make our recruitment as inclusive as possible. We are a disability confident employer who guarantee an interview to any disabled candidate who meets all the essential criteria. We also use anonymising software that removes identifying information from CVs and cover letters to make the process fair.

Application Process

Please only apply with your 2-page CV and a brief cover letter in Word format outlining how you meet the skills, knowledge and experience for the role. Please do not include any photographs or images due to our anonymising software. You will be directed to our job application site, and you do not need to complete the additional CV information fields.

The closing date for applications for applications is Tuesday 7th March 2023 at 12:00 pm

Assessments for shortlisted candidates are scheduled to commence from Wednesday 29th March 2023


In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include:

  • Final salary pension scheme
  • Free travel for you on the TfL network
  • Reimbursement of 75% of the cost of a standard class Ticket for National Rail travel from home/flexi season ticket
  • 30 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays
  • Private healthcare discounted scheme (optional)
  • Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme
  • Retail, health, leisure and travel offers
  • Discounted Eurostar travel

HR Business Partner
Transport for London
London, United Kingdom
Andy Byford
$5 to $10 billion (USD)
10000+ Employees
Taxi & Car Services
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