24152 - Human Resources HR Business Partner

£30,531 - £46,888
12 Months
London, National
Croydon , Leeds , London , National
Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working
Human Resources

About the Group:

The Ministry of Justice’s People Group is here to support the organisation by enabling its people to be the best that they can be. We are continuously reviewing and enhancing the services that our people group provide across the Ministry of Justice to deliver high quality services for our customers.

As a department, we are going through a period of significant transformation and our people services are at the forefront of enabling that change, supporting our business areas. MoJ has a team of committed and capable professionals delivering people services across the Justice family.

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join this high performing and dynamic team as an HR Business Partner to build on, or widen your skills as an HR professional; working alongside the Senior HR Business Partners.

As an HR Business Partner, you will sit within a central pool of HR Business Partners reporting into a Senior HRBP. You could be working on specific cross cutting projects (for example recent projects have included the new rollout of the new Performance Management process and Success Profiles) or you could be undertaking/supporting work in a specific area such as organisational design in a business area; or you could be answering a complex HR policy enquiry sent to our central mailbox. You will be expected to work effectively with senior colleagues within HR, the Ministry of Justice and wider Government.

Person specification:

The HR Business Partner (HRBP) is a key member of HR team and provides HR interventions on business issues which contribute to overall business delivery. The HRBP contribution can include:

  • Providing input into the development of the business strategy.
  • Planning for the capacity and capability required by the business.
  • Recognising where organisational development interventions may be required.
  • Providing technical HR oversight to TUPES, restructures and change.

This is a fast-paced, challenging, role that requires a highly proactive approach to the work and provides the job holder with a high level of autonomy.

Key to the role is the need to be a credible HR professional with the ability to establish quality relationships with key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their skills and HR knowledge to support the business. You will need to be a well organised, with a good knowledge of HR and proven analytical skills, professional and confident with the ability to prioritise a busy workload with conflicting priorities. As a representative of the People Group, excellent communications skills and the ability to remain calm and reliable under pressure and challenge are also essential.

If you are already experienced in working in HR or are new to HR and want the opportunity to develop yourself further within the field, this is a great opportunity.
While the Senior HRBPs are the primary contact for senior stakeholders and the business areas, their success is reliant upon the strength and support of the centralised HRBPs; as such we are looking for individuals who can deliver through others. There are opportunities for some of the HRBPs to business partner directly business areas such as some of the Arm’s Length Bodies.

Main Duties:

  • Providing strategic planning support that enables and equips Senior HR Business Partners and the Business Group(s) to do effective HR planning and decision-making.
  • Working with business areas to support them in implementing people-related change in a way which supports their business objectives and broader MoJ aims.
  • Working collaboratively with HR colleagues across the Chief People Officer Group, MoJ and the Civil Service to build the one-HR strategy and approach, ensuring effective, seamless delivery of HR services, whilst promoting professional and MOJ values.
  • Handling enquiries to business area enquiries sent to the central HRBP mailbox, working collaboratively with HR colleagues across the Chief People Officer Group to resolve queries; striving for continuous improvement in policy and processes by taking a proactive approach and recognising situations where follow up or escalation would achieve a positive change.

Person specification

Experience required for the post:

  • Experience and ability to influence and deliver through others.
  • You must have experience of confidently, concisely and effectively communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (at all levels)
  • Highly credible HR professional with a strong client focus.
  • Strong consultancy, partnership and relationship building skills.
  • Coaching and influence senior leaders and managers.

It is desirable that you have:

  • CIPD qualified or the willingness to study (there is the opportunity to undertake an Apprenticeship with this role).
  • Experience in using a range of analytical tools.
  • Experience of change management, whole systems thinking and general organisational developments concepts.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a quality service
  • Working together
  • Making effective decisions
  • Communicating & Influencing


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Basic Check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Strengths. At the sift stage you will be assessed against Behaviours and Experience.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert.

At application stage, candidates are asked to complete a two-page statement of suitability that demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria and provide a one-page CV that details your career history. Please note that any applications exceeding the page limit may not be considered. Applications will only be based on the criteria noted above and evidenced in your personal statement and CV. The essential criteria for the role are the following behaviours and experience:

Behaviours (Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following behaviours at SEO)

Managing a Quality Service (lead behaviour)

  • Work with stakeholders to set priorities, objectives and timescales.
  • Successfully deliver high quality outcomes that meet the customers’ needs and gives value for money.
  • Identify risks and resolve issues efficiently.

Working Together

  • Encourage joined up team work within own team and across other groups.
  • Establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with these to share information, resources and support.

Making Effective Decisions

  • Analyse and use a range of relevant, credible information from internal and external sources to support decisions.
  • Display confidence when making difficult decisions, even if they prove to be unpopular.
  • Present strong recommendations in a timely manner outlining the consideration of other options, costs, benefits and risks

Communicating and Influencing

  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact.
  • Ensure communication has a clear purpose and takes into account people’s individual needs.
  • Share information as appropriate and check understanding.


  • Experience and ability to influence and deliver through others.
  • You must have experience of confidently, concisely and effectively communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (at all levels)
  • Highly credible HR professional with a strong client focus.
  • Strong consultancy, partnership and relationship building skills.
  • Coaching and influence senior leaders and managers


if national based, weekly travel to london for meetings will be required.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Expected w/c 4th and 11th March

21/02/2019, 23:55 hours.

Closing Date: 21st February 2019 at 23:55 hours

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance

This Vacancy is closed to applications.