HR Business Partner

Posted 1 May by St. James's Place Wealth Management Featured

St. James’s Place is a FTSE 100 Wealth Management company with £89.9bn of client funds under our management. We have grown through the ethos of offering quality, face-to-face wealth management advice and commitment to building trusted and enduring relationships with our clients. We were recently awarded 'Britain's Most Admired Companies - Insurance’ and we are currently recruiting in a number of areas to support our ongoing growth.

Main Purpose of the Job:

The key objective of this role is to be the conduit between HR and the business; building strong, trusted and effective relationships. They will provide people advice, communicate key HR messages to the business and deliver an efficient and valued HR partnering service that focusses across the people lifecycle. The role will work with various departments within Cirencester and other locations in the UK and Ireland.

The broad focus of the role will be on employee relations, long term resource planning, job evaluation and salary benchmarking, recruitment, health and wellbeing, talent management, succession planning, performance management, development, compliance with employment laws and regulations, and being an influential advocate of St. James’s Place culture and diversity.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build strong working relationships with key stakeholders and people managers, offering pro-active people solutions, balancing consistency of approach and decision making with pragmatic business focussed solutions
  • Champion best practice approaches across the full employee life cycle: recruitment, on-boarding, development, employee relations through to leavers, for all employees; driving the diversity agenda at all times
  • Use and enhance departmental people MI with insight to identify trends and influence and develop departmental people strategies, linked to both the overall SJP People Strategy and individual departmental strategies, with clear business outcomes and benefits
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with the specialist HR teams (Recruitment, HR Advisors, Payroll, HR Services, Rewards, Employee Development and Early Careers) driving a holistic, seamless HR service for the business
  • Manage, coach and develop people skills through suitable interventions - one-on-one, group guidance, presentations and active workshop style sessions on all aspects of people management including performance, absence, development, job evaluation, health and wellbeing and the SJP competency framework and PDR process
  • Lead various departmental and HR initiatives and projects alongside business as usual operational requirements with timely delivery
  • Deputise for the Head of HR Business Partners where required and provide support and cover across the wider Business Partnering team

Required Skills:

  • To gain respect and trust, building an appreciation of HR, the HRBPs will be able to demonstrate a strong commercial acumen, business awareness and the capacity to think and plan strategically. This coupled with aligning all actions to departmental business plans will ensure the delivery of a value-add HR service demonstrating benefits whilst minimising risks
  • Demonstrate strong consultancy skills to recognise the root causes of problems to enable proactive, pragmatic and often creative solutions, within the boundaries of SJP policy and employment law. This role is the expert for the 'grey’ HR issues not covered by policy, processes and procedures, often dealing with complex, all-encompassing people issues often involving emotion, relationships and the balance between work and home life which can impact performance
  • An aptitude for interpreting, obtaining and presenting MI, understanding the principles behind policies and circumstances coupled with insight will enable the role holder to add value to departments through appropriate resolutions, by identifying various options and analysing solutions with a view to maximising benefits and minimising risks for the business; as well as celebrating successes (eg. Improvements to the Gender Pay Gap or Diversity statistics).
  • Due to the nature of the role, an ability to deal sensitively and tactfully is critical in all advice, decisions and issue resolution. This goes hand in hand with ensuring all matters discussed or dealt with remain absolutely confidential at all times, with an adept judgement of when to escalate or share any details with relevant parties
  • Strong influencing skills and the aptitude to build strong, working relationships will support the ability to challenge and successfully negotiate with Directors and Senior Managers, always advocating the HR perspective
  • Robust resilience, capacity to remain calm and positive, and portray a professional image at all times

Required Technical Knowledge & Qualifications:

  • MCIPD qualification or relevant experience is desirable

How we Reward You

In addition to an attractive salary and eligibility to participate in the discretionary annual bonus opportunities, you will also receive an excellent benefit package including a non-contributory pension, private medical insurance for you and your family, life assurance, equity participation opportunities, and an attractive holiday allowance, to name but a few.


We are proud of the recognition we receive for the high quality advice and service we provide to our clients. Most recently, this has included being voted the: '2017 Best Private Client Investment Manager' by readers of Wealth Adviser magazine; '2017 Best Wealth Manager' by readers of Shares Magazine; '2017/18 Personal Finance Awards - Best Financial Adviser’by readers of Money Pagesand voted the City of London '2017 Wealth Management Company of the Year'.

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