People & Organisational Development (HR) Business Partner

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose
The People & Organisational Development Business Partner will provide advice and support for a range of People & OD services for the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS). The role will develop and maintain effective client relationships and service delivery partnerships across the College, with P&OD colleagues and the wider University community.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Work with leaders and managers to support the delivery of the people agenda, providing professional, high-quality advice, support and coaching to enable effective decision-making and influencing the delivery of local ‘people’ related initiatives.
2. Identify, propose and implement people solutions, working in collaboration with senior P&OD colleagues to include organisational design and development, workforce planning and talent management initiatives, to enable the achievement of strategic objectives at a College and institutional level, creating and providing effective management oversight of an action plan(s) to deliver those solutions.
3. Lead change initiatives, defining appropriate actions and end-to-end management of their implementation, encompassing planning, engagement and effective communications through to delivery and coordinating related POD activities/resources as required.
4. Provide advice and guidance on complex people issues having undertaken due analysis of risk and return on investment against desired result/outcomes, working in partnership with the Employee Relations Hub [Centre of Expertise], and/or as the lead on employee relations matters (probation, attendance, performance, disciplinary and grievance), to deliver effective people management solutions while ensuring issues are addressed timeously and appropriately.
5. Participate in recruitment, selection and job evaluation/matching processes, providing advice to managers on job design, work analysis and organisational structure, assessing and determining appropriate role grading, ensuring the objectivity, transparency, and integrity of the University grading structure in accordance with equal pay principles.
6. Contribute to the University’s diversity and inclusion agenda throughout the College, supporting Athena Swan and other related initiatives as appropriate.
7. Network effectively across the College and wider University, strengthening communication channels across the College business partnering team and the wider P&OD community. Actively engage with and ensure client groups are kept appraised of policy and procedural changes and facilitate their effective engagement with P&OD initiatives.
8. Develop and drive initiatives to build upon colleague engagement activities within the College, thereby enhancing local management capability in the effective handling of people management issues. Work in partnership with relevant teams to deliver key projects in MVLS and across the wider P&OD function adopting a proactive approach to embedding the University’s Values across our community.
9. Contribute to the delivery and analysis of regular KPI and ad-hoc management information which provides managers with insightful commentary to drive business improvement.
10. Work in partnership with central Shared Services P&OD team members to ensure the overall smooth delivery of P&OD services to our MVLS colleagues. As necessary, provide support and guidance to Shared Services colleagues on complex or non-standard, matters and anticipate and implement where additional communications may be required.
11. Maintain up to date knowledge with developments in employment legislation. Participate in external networking opportunities to enhance sector knowledge adopting a proactive approach to sharing and encouraging the application of best practice with/from other institutions and promote their application accordingly.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9 (Ordinary Degree, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4) in relevant subject (i.e. Human Resource Management, Business Management, etc.) or equivalent relevant professional HR/P&OD generalist experience.
A2 Chartered CIPD membership or equivalent experience.
A3 Well developed knowledge of HR best practice and employment legislation.
B1 Knowledge of job evaluation methodologies, especially Hay.
B2 Knowledge of HR/Payroll systems.
C1 Ability to adopt a consultancy style, strategic HR business partnering approach, with proven influencing, judgement, analytical and problem solving ability.
C2 Excellent organisational skills with the ability to plan, prioritise and deliver across a range of work activities and juggle a busy workload.
C3 Ability to interpret relevant University policies, employment legislation and good practice and apply to complex cases.
C4 Highly effective written and oral communication skills with the ability to draft accurate, concise and comprehensive reports and letters and articulate complex information in an accessible way and present to varied staff groups.
C5 Excellent IT skills, including a high level of competency in the use of Microsoft Office applications and data manipulation.
C6 Confident, credible and resilient with the ability to effectively manage conflict and demanding clients.
C7 Articulate and persuasive – ability to persuade clients at all levels within the University on a range of matters, some of which may not be popular or within the experience of the audience.
C8 Ability to work independently, lead on activities where required and contribute as a team player.
C9 Ability to maintain confidentiality and deal sensitively with related issues/individuals with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
E1 A proven track record of delivery, working in HR/P&OD at a professional level within a complex operating environment.
E2 Experience of providing high quality advice and guidance on a range of P&OD matters including the application of HR policy.
E3 A track record of successfully handling an Employee Relations case work portfolio, including attendance management, performance management, discipline and grievance investigations and hearings etc.
F1 Experience of developing people policy, procedure and management guidance.
F2 Experience of designing and delivering presentations and management training.
F3 Experience of working in the HE sector, the NHS or with other joint employment models.
F4 Experience of consulting and negotiating with trade unions.
F5 Experience of organisational change/restructuring activities.
F6 Experience of supervising and managing performance and development.
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 7, £39,347 – £44,263 per annum.
This post is full time (35 hours a week) and open ended. Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
The University of Glasgow has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK. If you require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK, you will be required to meet the eligibility requirements of the visa route to be assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship.
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As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University
We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community
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