Assistant HR Business Partner

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Contract Type Temporary
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £20.00 to £22.00 per hour

About the job:

We are seeking an Assistant HR Business Partner to be responsible for the delivery of expert, professional HR advice and coaching to managers within a designated service area, on all aspects of HR, in order to ensure that the organisation has excellent management of its employees and strong employee relations.

As Assistant HR Business Partner, you will drive the achievement of the organisation’s business and service plans by providing timely, expert, risk informed HR advice on all organisational change activity including redundancy, restructuring and TUPE to ensure the organisation has the right workforce to deliver its services.

You will support the HR Business Partner in the delivery of a professional HR service that adds value and delivers effective business-focused solutions and work in partnership with managers and other HR professionals to drive organisational change and enable continuous improvement.

  • Provide professional HR advice to Managers to ensure that the service area has excellent management of its employees covering all aspects of performance, competence, conduct and attendance
  • Supervise and coach HR Advisor(s) to ensure a high level of service to line managers, encouraging a good level of pace and healthy level of risk is maintained in all advice.
  • Interpret and advise on the organisation’s employment policies, terms and conditions.
  • Take a project management approach to the delivery of organisational change (redundancy, restructuring and TUPE), working in partnership with the service managers to drive the HR aspects to ensure effective change management.
  • Manage all local consultation and negotiations with Trade Unions/Employee Representatives.
  • Advise managers at employee hearings and appeals against dismissal. Work with the organisation’s legal advisors to prepare for and provide HR representation at tribunal hearings or other bodies as required, helping to assess the risk.
  • Support continuous improvement of the HR service to customers by seeking continuous feedback and professional development opportunities and inputting into the development and review of policies and procedures, working with colleagues across HR (Payroll, Learning and Development, Health and Safety and Policy & Workforce Strategy ) to deliver one HR service.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken at all times for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department.


  • Understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Strong Analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong communication, influencing, mediation and negotiating skills.
  • HR policy and projects experience.
  • Knowledge of customer focus and service delivery approaches
  • A proven track record of leading and implementing initiatives that lead to improvement in HR service delivery.
  • Ability to travel effectively across customer and stakeholder sites
  • Educated to degree-level or equivalent and/or a management qualification.
  • CIPD qualified to Level 7 and either Chartered Membership of CIPD or evidence of significant continuous professional development
  • TUPE experience and working with the trade unions is desirable.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 10 weeks
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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