Centrica • United Kingdom

People Partner

Employment type:  Full time


A little flex time

Job Description

Centrica Energy is the trading arm of Centrica. We trade LNG, gas, power and energy attributes - and connect independent producers, suppliers and corporate off-takers in the wholesale energy markets. As the People Partner you will work within the People Partnering team to support the delivery of the overarching people plan and Centrica people strategy across a number of business functions aligned to Centrica Energy.

As the People Partner for Centrica Energy you will be required to work at pace to diagnose, design and deliver the very best People solutions required for delivering the people plan, linking in with Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and other HR shared services to leverage key expertise and ensure consistent delivery.

Working as part of a flexible people partnering team ensures business intimacy & commerciality to provide business support where needed. Providing professional end to end expertise, coaching & support to business leaders, in line with best practice and relevant Country employment law.

This role is based out of our London office (close to Marble Arch) and would require you to spend 3-4 days per week working in the London office and some flexibility for home working. There would also be a requirement for some overseas travel to other Centrica Energy offices especially in both Belgium and Denmark.

Key accountabilities of the role:

HR service delivery & projects

  • Ensure HR day to day generalist activity with high quality consistent service delivery across business units and in line with HR operating policy, processes, tools & frameworks based on current legislation, good practice and business needs

  • Collate workforce and functional performance insight and use proactively to identify issues for resolution

  • Partner with other support functions (e.g. Legal, Compliance, Finance) to ensure effective and timely delivery of HR services

  • Where required, take the lead in identifying, planning for and delivering HR support for organisational change projects which will include, but are not limited to, re-organisations, divestments, acquisitions and other changes as required

  • Provide insight regarding, local market requirements to the Director, People Partnering so that they can be taken into account

  • Ensure that reward programmes are rolled out across the business unit and support managers in making good reward decisions

  • Understand the business strategy and therefore people plan requirements and translate into practical delivery.

HR expertise and business counseling

  • Provide coaching/counselling to all levels of management on management of HR issues, to ensure they take accountability and that they possess the required capability and skillset to guide in the successful resolution of HR issues

  • Proactively identify and update content knowledge and guidance for access by line managers and employees, in particular in relation to in-country legislation as well as best practice

  • Provide specialist and technical expertise in accordance with Centrica policies, processes and guidelines and the capabilities expected of a multi-country / regional People Partner

  • Play an active role in ensuring that relevant legislative requirements are met and own/implement relevant initiatives to achieve business compliance

  • Ensure that Group HR processes and policies are implemented, as applicable.

Risk management and compliance

  • Ensure compliance with legal or regulatory changes

  • Identify high-impact HR/ER issues/risks and institute mitigation steps in partnership with key stakeholders.

The Person:

Work Experience & Functional/Technical Skills required

  • Strong generalist people background, with experience delivering people related activities across a wide range of people subject matters i.e. Reward, Transformation, Performance and Talent, D&I

  • Experience of people related delivery across a number of different business areas and portfolios

  • Experience of working as a people generalist in a complex, matrix business within Commodity Trading, Investment Banking or similar

  • Experience of delivering people change and transformation projects and understanding of employment legislation and policy application

  • A demonstrable track record of translating vision, strategies and business requirements into clear, actionable goals and delivering excellent results and outcome

  • A successful track record of operating commercially and executing plans effectively

  • Ability to contribute to the development of the overall function strategy and vision.

Key Competencies/Core Capabilities required to perform the role

  • Credible and values driven person, who can deliver exceptional results

  • Takes an enterprise-wide approach and is collaborative, adaptable and able to understand the dynamics of large, complex organisations with experience of matrix working

  • Strong influencing skills; able to work across a wide ranging group of stakeholders, regardless of organisational level, ensuring that their needs and interests are managed and to build credible relationships quickly

  • Able to understand detail, alongside complexity, and still deliver against strategic aims

  • Strong intellectual rigour and an appetite for professional development

  • Commercial acumen and broad business understanding

  • Able to work conceptually considering the future people plan as well as having the focus to execute

  • Strong communication skills; articulate and able to compose narrative and tell a story, compelling, engaging and an inclusive manner

  • Able to and comfortable providing feedback to people, both positive and developmental

  • Resilience and tenacity.

#-LI-CET #morethanacareer

At Centrica we embrace diversity and actively seek to attract individuals with unique backgrounds and perspectives. To build a more sustainable future, we need the best team – a team with a diverse mix of people and skills, where everyone feels welcome and able to succeed. We are dedicated in helping to close the diversity gap and would love to see more females, people of colour and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as those from a variety of cultures and ethnicity to veterans and the differently abled. Supporting diversity and inclusion is a big part of who we are, we are not looking for people to fit into our culture but to add to it!

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This role is being handled by the Centrica recruitment team and NO agency contact is required.

Company benefits

Adoption leave
Open to part-time employees
Enhanced sick days
Flexible working week
Enhanced sick pay
Gym membership
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dental coverage
Fertility treatment leave
Season ticket loan
Buy or sell annual leave
Optional unpaid leave
Shared parental leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Carer’s leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Cycle to work scheme
Pension match/increase
Equity packages
Life insurance
Annual pay rises
Share options
Financial coaching
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Company car

We asked employees of Centrica how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
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Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring
Working at Centrica

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Windsor, London, Cardiff, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin, Stockport, Staines, Hampton, Aberdeen, Barrow, Hull

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom