Human Resources

Strategic HR Business Partner - QMUL26419

Department: Human Resources
Salary: £56,678 - £63,351 per annum (Grade 7)
Reference: QMUL26419
Location: Multiple Sites
Date posted: 28-Sep-2021
Closing date: 17-Oct-2021

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About the Role

As the Strategic HR Business Partner for Professional Services (PS) you will work in partnership with Professional Services Directors, and other senior stakeholders to drive the delivery of PS strategic priorities, contributing to Queen Mary’s 2030 aims and objectives.

You will develop a deep understanding of operational and strategic issues, challenges and opportunities facing Professional Services, to be able to influence and help inform local workforce planning and people strategies, and provide managers with effective advice and guidance.

You will demonstrate a coaching approach while providing robust and pragmatic support, helping develop management confidence and competence to effectively deal with the whole range of people management issues across the employee lifecycle.

As a member of the HR Leadership team, this is a senior role, reporting to the HR Director.  The Strategic HR Partner for PS will take on corporate HR projects and responsibilities as needed, and will share leadership team accountability for delivery of HR Directorate performance objectives, along with delivery of the HR Directorate Diversity and Inclusion plan.

About You

Ideally MCIPD qualified, you will have significant experience operating as a Senior HR Partner and be skilled in building trusted and impactful relationships with senior stakeholders, preferably within a large, complex and diverse organisation. You will have experience in effective workforce planning, change management and the ability to deliver bespoke people initiatives with long-term impact.

An up to date knowledge of employment law and HR best practice, along with effective communication and influencing skills are essential. You will have a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the Higher Education sector.  You will be flexible, pro-active and resilient and enjoy variety in your work.

About the HR Department

The HR department sits within the University’s central Professional Services and enables and facilitates the success of our students and academics. Along with other professional services departments, the HR department seeks to deliver value for money through efficiency, effectiveness and quality.

Our work is guided by the People, Culture and Inclusion Enabling Plan, and Professional Services Enabling Plan, underpinning Strategy 2030.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.  Our Strategy 2030 ambition is to be the most inclusive University of its kind – anywhere.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term) and additional University closure dates, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post will be based on our Mile End and Whitechapel campus – including in our new building Dept W.  You will have the opportunity to work in a hybrid way, in agreement with the HR Director. This is a full time, permanent appointment with an expected start date in January 2022. The starting salary will be on Grade 7, in the range of £56,678 - £63,351 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups  as these groups are underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to HR Director Louise Lester  If you would like to discuss the role please contact Office Manager and PA to the HR Director Kathleen Di Giorgio via email to arrange a time.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 17th October 2021. Interviews will be held W/C 25th October 2021 or shortly thereafter.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality


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