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HR Business Partner

Location Newry & Mourne, County Down
Job Type Temporary
Salary Negotiable
Published about 1 year ago
Start Date 13/06/2017
Contact Caroline Poland
Job Ref NEW0001851_1495803725

Job Description

Job Title: HR Business Partner

Scale: £15.20 per hour (FTE 37 hours per week)

Hours: Approximately 32 per week

Location: Newry or Downpatrick

Duration: Maternity cover up to 31 March 2018

Main Purpose of Post/Job Summary

To provide a confidential, effective employee relations and business partner resource to (an) assigned department(s)/directorate(s) and location(s) across a range of people management and employee relations issues, including recruitment, discipline and grievance; attendance management; dignity at work and capability.

To contribute as an integral member of the HR department to the provision of a modern, professional high quality and responsive HR service to support the corporate and business plans of the client.


  • To provide proactive specialist advice, knowledge and support to managers within an assigned directorate, geographical or other area in relation to the effective application of HR policies, procedures, terms and conditions across a range of national agreements, employment law and HR best practice.
  • To ensure co-ordination and consistency of advice between all HR business partners through regular liaison and exchange of ideas and best practice.
  • To ensure effective working relationships with key stakeholders such as directors, managers and representative bodies.
  • To promote equality and diversity and particularly, in the post's assigned area(s) by adhering to the equal opportunity policies and procedures and by ensuring that allocated targets to reduce inequalities and promote good relations are achieved.
  • To develop and implement HR solutions through early intervention and prevention drawing on the benefits of engagement, communication, mediation and other solutions to reach the best outcome; ensuring compliance and the risk to the client is managed and mitigated.
  • To act as counter signatory for the completion of criminal checks by applying for and receiving disclosure certificates through AccessNI, ensuring that access to Disclosure and the information they contain is managed in accordance with AccessNI guidelines.
  • To ensure the central co-ordination and management of all employee relations cases both internal and external to the organisation, including confidential recording and archiving and the retention of full case notes.
  • To participate in consultation and negotiation through the local joint consultative mechanisms with management and the trade unions on the resolution of employee relations issues; HR policies, procedures, and guidelines as required.
  • To provide regular or ad hoc HR reports for senior management, committees as required.
  • To provide cover on a rotational basis for the HR Manager, assuming certain responsibilities in their absence to ensure continuity of service to Departments and Directorates.
  • To assist the Learning & Development Manager in the development and delivery of co-ordinated HR learning and development interventions to line management, on delegated core people management functions including discipline and grievance, harassment and bullying and attendance management.
  • To advise and support individual managers in conjunction with Occupational Health to reduce sickness absence and put in place support mechanisms to expedite the timely return of staff to work, supporting attendance management case conferences as required.
  • To monitor and report on the attendance management process for the designated area(s) and proactively support managers in dealing with long-term and short-term absence issues appropriately.
  • To manage case file notes and associated materials with the appropriate discretion and confidentiality at all times and in accordance with data protection requirements.

The list of duties must not be considered comprehensive nor exhaustive. They are simply a summary of the main duties that the post holder will be required to undertake.


  • Actively undertaking or have achieved Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). - Essential Criteria
  • Chartered Membership of the CIPD. - Desirable Criteria
  • A minimum of 12 months recent experience as a HR practitioner in a generalist role to include taking the lead role in: Managing recruitment and selection , Resolving complex employee relations issues, Managing attendance and associated processes - Essential Criteria
  • Demonstrable experience of: Building strong working relationships with Trade Unions, Providing expert advice and guidance to management, employees and junior members of the HR team on legislation, codes of practices, policy and best practice - Essential Criteria
  • Experience of managing organisational change and business reorganisation - Essential Criteria
  • Working knowledge of current employment legislation with the ability to apply it practically to workplace situations. - Essential Criteria
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate with and influence people at all levels, both orally and using a variety of media. - Essential Criteria
  • Computer literacy in a range of systems and software, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint - Essential Criteria
  • Knowledge and understanding of Fair Employment Monitoring and Section 75 requirements - Desirable Criteria
  • Confident in delivering formal presentations and briefings - Desirable Criteria

If you meet all of the above criteria and available for the duration of the placement, please submit your cv to by Tuesday 30 June @ 12noon. CV's received after this time will not be accepted.

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