HR Business Partner
Country / Territory
Human Resources
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Payband: Band 8 + Benefits Location: London Contract Type: Permanent / IDC Closing date: Sunday 29th September at 23:59 UK time Requirements: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.


The opportunity:


The role reports to the Senior Business Partner in the UK HR Directorate.  The Business Partnering team provides exemplary HR support and expertise along with coaching for managers, working closely with the Centres of Expertise, UK HR Services, overseas regional HR heads and our Shared Service Centre in Noida.  This customer group is diverse incorporating many professional teams including Education & Society, Arts, Legal, EDI, Governance, Chief Operating Office, Communications, Brand and Marketing. Areas of focus include staff engagement, effective workforce planning, coaching managers, and raising standards in people management.


The appointed individual will support the delivery of the HR strategy for the Corporate Functions / Cultural Engagement business area by coaching and supporting line managers in all people matters. Working in conjunction with HR colleagues in other UK departments and globally to ensure implementation alignment between UK Business Partnering teams and teams globally.


Main Opportunities and challenges within role:


The HR Business Partner acts on behalf of the business to provide managers with the capability and confidence to deliver their management role. 

  • Support establishment of talent management and succession planning as a part of the annual people cycle for managers and leaders
  • Use technology to enable more efficient working, releasing time for additional value add activity
  • Enable and guide managers and teams through change: structural, location, cultural and ways of working.
  • Provide expert guidance on all people management issues underpinned by excellent knowledge of UK legislation and EU Directives.
  • Expand global working, including within HR, to build one HR.

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • CIPD qualified or equivalent level of experience
  • HR business partnering experience within a large, complex organisation
  • Proven change leadership experience
  • Excellent communication skills; must have the ability to manage stakeholders of various levels
  • A sound knowledge of employee relation matters / employment law and the ability to coach and advise managers and HR colleagues
  • Has the ability to work and think operationally; providing advice on more complex operational scenarios and producing data
  • Talent management experience, using talent and data for strategic resourcing and planning

Please see the following documents for further details regarding this vacancy:


Role Profile.doc

British Council Behaviours.pdf





In addition to a competitive salary and pension scheme, the British Council offers: 

  • 32 days annual leave
  • £3,300 London Market Allowance for London based staff
  • Interest free travel season ticket loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

Closing date:


If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before Sunday 29th September 2019 (23:59 UK Time).


Interviews are planned for Tuesday 8th and/or Wednesday 9th October 2019.


About us:


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


Equality Statement:


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.


All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.