HR Strategic Partner

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 6-12 months
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 01/02/2018
Hours per week 27
Rate £30.00 per hour

About the job:

We have an exciting and unique opportunity to join Suffolk County Council as a HR Strategic Partner.

You will work as part of the Council’s Corporate Management team reporting directly to the head of HR.

The department you will be leading is responsible for ensuring delivery of a quality and high performing HR service to internal and external customers.

This role is a leadership role ensuring delivery of the Corporate and Service-specific HR Strategy within defined areas of the Council. You will be expected to provide direct leadership and management to some change-focused roles within HR, some of whom will be Subject Matter Experts (Business Partner, Learning Lead, Project consultants).

Full job description available on request

  • Shape Directorate Management Team and senior management thinking by acting as a change agent who draws in a cross-cutting perspective.
  • Play an active role in customer service design solutions and tests them against what’s needed e.g. designing new operating models, which can span more than one organisation.
  • Use insight to build local people plans and strategies which build capacity and capability with less money e.g. numbers and type of roles ; talent requirements over several years; innovative employment models and solutions.
  • Support the Director to develop required local culture, aligned to the corporate need.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to the Director; sharing team and personal feedback with them.
  • Use analytical tools, experiences and management information to understand their Directors’ world i.e. is part of the business as well as part of HR.
  • Identify and manage stakeholders for organisational transformation on issues wider than people change.
  • Educate and coach senior managers on change management where required.
  • Champion the HR service and strategies, driving discipline to support the HR Operating Model e.g. access routes, quality performance mgt and feedback loop into HR, tests new approaches on the ground.
  • Work hand in glove with the other Strategic Partner to provide line management to other change-related roles in a way which maximises teamwork and multiskilling across HR for the benefit of the customer.
  • Proactively support Directors on difficult people issues, pulling in other HR capability and capacity e.g. senior exit, capability.
  • Instigate and design solutions with close teamwork with the rest of HR to deliver a fully integrated approach across all tiers of the Operating Model.
  • Responsible for particularly complex or sizeable programmes, which span several more than one Directorate/ organisation e.g. the integration of Health and Social Care.
  • Work with the HR Management Team to prioritise HR resources across the full service, using customer insights to direct activity to where it will have the maximum impact.
  • Coach colleagues through matrix working on specific activities, in line with HR succession plan.
  • Support the rest of Resource Management to be a transformational partner to the rest of the Council
  • Champion specific short and long term programmes as defined by the People Strategy and plan.
  • An ability to effectively lead and motivate large numbers of staff in different teams in order to deliver consistently high performing services and achieve required levels of staff satisfaction levels.
  • An Ability to lead the planning, delivery and continuous review of HR services to achieve maximum benefit for the Council.
  • An ability to effect cultural and behaviour change through effective leadership skills including the ability to successfully mediate and resolve conflict.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal, written and presentational to convey varied and complex information and ideas to a wide range of audiences at different levels including staff, colleagues, senior management and external stakeholders.
  • Experience of successful programme management including the challenge of business cases, costed options appraisals and benefits tracking to ensure activities deliver maximum benefit.
  • Experience of designing and implementing engagement strategies which span diverse groups of people.
  • Experience of successfully leading change management / transformational programmes at an organisational level.
  • Out of hours working may be a feature of this role which could result in unsociable working conditions or being required to attend emergency situations out of hours at short notice.
  • You will have a Degree or equivalent professional qualification or evidence of professional development.
  • You will also hold a full professional qualification in relevant field where applicable (CIPD)
  • Ideally you will also hold a management qualification
  • You will have knowledge of legislation and statutory requirements/guidance relevant to HR.
  • You will have Demonstrable project/programme management skills and the ability to effect cultural and behaviour change through effective leadership skills including the ability to successfully mediate and resolve conflict.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
  • Consultants based on site within Endeavour House
  • Gain experience to support permanent applications

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