RSPB • Flexible in England

People Business Partner - (Fixed Term)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £43,095 – £46,264 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description


We have a vacancy for an People Business Partner working within the People Business Partnering function and wider People Directorate.

Reporting to the Head of People Business Partnering, this role will be a vital link between the People Business Partners, Human Resources Operations and Learning and Organisation Development teams. We are looking for somebody with knowledge of the Business Partner role whose skills will meet the flexible needs of the business, who is able to oversee the end-to-end delivery of work and someone who can work on multiple activities at a time. The People Business Partner role aligns and works in partnership with the respective Directorate/business area to add value through the provisions of a range of people initiatives and interventions linked to Directorate and organisational objectives and priorities.

Working as part of the People Business Partnering team, the role will support ongoing transformational change by providing business insight, manage business and people risks and develop people solutions.

What's the role about?

The purpose of the role is to support the development and implementation of the Delivering our Strategy Sustainably work that underpins the RSPB wider business strategy and priorities.

A core part of the role of a People Business Partner is the ability to develop effective working relationships that influence across a range of stakeholders up to Leadership and Executive level. In addition, People Business Partners are expected to work collaboratively across functional areas and Directorates in the successful delivery of people services, initiatives and outcomes.

Through providing support to senior managers and leadership teams, People Business Partners play a key role in planning, developing and identifying solutions that create value and ensure organisational and Directorate level strategies are realised.

Some key areas of the role of a HR Business Partner include:

  • Use of Insight & Data to support decision making.
  • Understand Directorate/business complexities and specific requirements and be able to act on these for purposes of People and business planning.
  • Identify resourcing plans in collaboration with senior management to ensure the effective supply of high-quality talent.
  • Support Talent and Succession planning to ensure the organisation can retain and develop talent in line with business capability requirements in the immediate and future term.
  • Provide transformational advice on a wide range of organisational development and change management initiatives and interventions.
  • Actively support the delivery of HR People services across the organisation, reducing risks and enhancing people services and activities.
  • Support the development of capability and knowledge in managers and leaders so that they can effectively manage their people.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • CIPD graduate member or equivalent
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Sound knowledge of employment legislation
  • Knowledge and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Ability to manage resistance to change and manage expectations of senior managers
  • Ability to work collaboratively across a range of stakeholders and functional specialists
  • Ability to influence others
  • Able to establish, build and maintain relationships
  • Sound coaching, mentoring, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Able to support managers in designing career paths to support the future needs of the organisation
  • Problem solving and creativity in generating practical solution to business challenges
  • Substantial HR experience both operationally and strategically
  • Proven experience of leading and managing complex employee relations issues
  • Proven ability to understand business issues and identify HR interventions to improve the business performance
  • Leading and managing change successfully
  • Experience in a business partner role or similar
  • Use of key metrics to measure organisational performance and to inform and develop learning experiences for managers

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience

  • Higher level HR related qualification
  • Using HR analytics to drive organisational performance

This is a 6 month Fixed-Term role for 37.5 hours per week.

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.


As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.


We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options RSPB provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure RSPB is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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Across all 4 UK Countries

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