Business Partner - People & Culture

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cranfield, ENGLAND
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 29 May 2023


Cranfield University


People and Culture

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.


Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £35,559 to £39,434 per annum with potential progression to £48,855 per annum

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a commercially focused business partner to join our team to deliver a partnering service to key customers in our professional service areas, providing first class customer service, and proficient, business focussed advice and support.

About the Role

In this role you will support a range of stakeholders in our professional service units.  You will manage a varied portfolio, proactively coaching and supporting managers with matters such as disciplinary and grievance cases, attendance, wellbeing and performance and development issues.  You will also be responsible for developing key recruitment campaigns; working with our central Recruitment Team to deliver a positive candidate experience and ensuring the resourcing needs of the areas you support are met. This may include casual and agency workers. In addition to this, you will also contribute to wider People & Culture initiatives, including input to policy and procedures, and delivery of key projects as required.

About You

You will be CIPD qualified and have excellent communication and problem solving skills, a thorough knowledge of employment law and demonstrate a proactive, flexible approach to your work. You will also have proven experience of operating in a client-facing, HR generalist role where advice and guidance is provided on a wide range of people-related issues to a broad range of stakeholders.  You will have a coaching style and be able to uphold the highest level of business partnering.   You should have the ability to prioritise effectively and work with flexibility to cope under pressure at busy times whilst keeping to deadlines. Team-working skills are also essential.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here .

The People & Culture service provides a framework for the management and development of our people and organisation which underpins the University’s strategic plan and objectives.  This includes attraction and recruitment, talent management and development, policy development, employee relations, inclusion and diversity, organisational change, performance enhancement and general HR operational management.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here .

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme.We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families . Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here .

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                           

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Jarrett, Head of People Operations & Inclusion.

Interview date: 09 June 2023

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