HR Business Partner (Fixed Term)
Are you looking for an exciting and challenging role within an inspiring,
world-leading organisation? Do you want to contribute to our mission to create
a more sustainable economy?
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
is a globally influential institute within the University of Cambridge working
to activate leadership and transform economies for people, nature and climate.
Our HR Team is an exceptional group of experts embedded within the Institute
to support impact delivery. People are CISL's greatest asset and, through our
HR team's expertise, we seek to attract and retain the best talent to drive
You will act as our Institute's HR Business Partner while the current
postholder is seconded elsewhere in the University. This role is fixed term
until 31st December 2025, full time on a hybrid working basis with at least
2-3 days in our award-winning central Cambridge office.
You will lead and manage CISL's internal HR function, which includes:
Helping refine and deliver CISL's HR strategy, which requires proven
a. Effective and efficient organizational design
b. Identifying and implementing strategies to acquire, develop and retain talent including learning, development and long-term skills needs
Overseeing day-to-day "business as usual function", ensuring the HR team's
resourcing, capabilities and delivery meets required standards.
Leading directly on complex cases associated with employees (e.g. general
performance, sickness absence and/or grievances) and acting as the main
point of contact for the central University on such issues
Collaborating and engaging with senior leaders across the business,
coaching on how to deal with HR issues encouraging empowerment
Collaborating with cross-functional teams to align HR practices, policies,
and culture during periods of organisational change
Ensuring the resourcing, development and performance of direct repots in
line with the Institute's strategy.
The role supports our Cambridge activities and also limited companies in South
Africa and Belgium operated by CISL on behalf of the University
Key skills and experience:
Degree level qualification or equivalent experience; CIPD Level 7 is
Ability to think and act strategically, create insights from various data
sources and previous experience
Commercial and financial awareness - understanding external market,
performance and business drivers, and internal operational drivers and
Ability to apply judgement, creativity and flexibility to generate new
approaches and solve complex problems
Ability to collaborate with, challenge and influence others, including
more senior colleagues and stakeholders, to achieve optimal outcomes
Significant experience at business partner/senior manager level within a
high-volume, fast-paced, customer-focussed environment
Experience of proactively advising managers on a full range of people
matters (e.g. discipline, grievance, performance management, sickness
absence, recruitment & retention)
Experience of working successfully in a unionised environment
Identifying existing and new risks and opportunities, and managing change
to optimise outcomes
Benefits of working at CISL include:
Competitive rates of pay with automatic service-related pay progression
and annual cost of living increases
Generous annual leave allowance of 41 days paid leave (including bank
Flexible and hybrid working opportunities
Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and
other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries and salary
exchange schemes for childcare)
An auto-enrolment pension scheme, with a generous employer contribution
Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national
Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation
We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-
time working or other flexible working arrangements.
Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment
system (if you have not already) and apply online.
If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process,
please contact [email protected].
Please quote reference EN40295 on your application and in any correspondence
about this vacancy.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and
encourages applications from all sections of society.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible
to live and work in the UK.
Further Information - HR Business Partner (Secondment Cover)
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Cambridge
5 February 2024
18 February 2024