81416 - HR Business Partner - North East Prisons
Company: Ministry of Justice
Posted on: November 19, 2023
81416 - HR Business Partner - North East Prisons Number of jobs
available 1 1 Detail of reserve list 1 12 Months Region 1 North
East City/Town 1 Durham , Stockton-on-Tees Building/Site 1 HM
Prison Holme House, TS18 2QU, HM Prison Kirklevington Grange, TS15
9PA, HMP DURHAM DURHAM, DH1 3HU, HMYOI Deerbolt, DL12 9BG Grade 1
SEO SEO Post Type 1 Permanent Working Pattern 1 Full Time, Flexible
Working Role Type 1 Human Resources Overview of the role: The
Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is responsible for everything that goes
into running the UK's criminal and civil justice systems, creating
the foundations for a safe, fair and prosperous society. We are one
of the largest government departments with over 88,000 staff based
across England and Wales. We are responsible for 500 courts and
tribunals, 122 prisons, the policies underpinning the system and
much more. People Group supports the organisation by enabling its
people to be the best that they can be. We are continuously
reviewing and enhancing the services we provide to ensure the
delivery of high-quality services for our customers. MoJ People
Group has over 1,400 committed and capable professionals delivering
people services across the Justice family. At the heart of
delivering these services are our people. This role sits within the
HMPPS HR Business Partner Team and will support a number of
business units across HMPPS either within probation or the prison
service. The post holder will partner 2-4 Governors within the
Prison Service or 'Heads of' within the Probation Service or
equivalent within HQ, dependent on the complexity of the customer
groups. At present, HMPPS is moving through a significant
transformation under the 'One HMPPS Programme' to create a
joined-up prison and probation function, the role may therefore
flex as the new organisation evolves, with a huge amount of
opportunity to be involved in supporting business change. Working
in partnership with senior leaders this role will be responsible
for supporting the business to deliver against people priorities.
The postholder will operate as an implementer, facilitating access
to central services and working alongside the business to execute
people initiatives. Responsibilities, Activities & Duties: The post
holder will be required to partner customer groups in various
locations and may be called upon to support regional projects
across areas of the business. As a qualified (or aspiring) HR
professional, the post holder will use a combination of generalist
knowledge, personal skills and experience to advise and partner
senior leaders on how best to align the people and business
priorities. The post holder will be required to bring together the
people priorities for either their prison and/or probation customer
group at a Governor of Head of level. Will support on the
underpinning activities to enable;
- Strategic partnering: driving people strategies that enable
customer groups to deliver their objectives.
- Solving: Input and data analysis on HR topics to develop
effective people solutions
- Connecting: Drawing on appropriate Centres of Expertise and
shared service support
- Coaching:Allowing management of people issues and the people
agenda With links to the wider HR specialist functions within the
People Group, the post holder will facilitate access to the right
services to deliver people initiatives. Key Delivery Strands:
- Understanding the business and the drivers for change to be
able to support the business with the people elements of change
- Support the business through reorganisation, restructures and
redeployment. Resourcing & Retention
- Working in partnership with the business and finance to
understand the current and predicted workforce picture based on
attrition and recruitment forecasting.
- Support in the execution of interventions to address resourcing
and retention challenges and facilitating access to the right
services across the People Group.
- Provide support and advice on resourcing vacancies, ensuring
compliance with Civil Service Recruitment Principles. Management &
- To understand the line manager and leadership capabilities
within the business unit, support the business to access centrally
run learning through the learning and development team and/or
helping develop the right learning interventions.
- Supporting senior leaders with the development of their
leadership teams. Employee Relations
- Signpost your business area to the casework service to advise
on the handling of absence, performance, conduct and grievance
- Work with the business to understand the casework picture and
support senior leaders to drive action to progress cases within
policy timelines, supporting in the access of advice.
- Understand the role of the unions and support managers with
union engagement related to people activity. Employee Experience
and Staff Engagement
- Working with the senior leaders to analyse and identify the
right people priorities through the annual Civil Service People
Survey. Bringing in other workforce and people data as required to
enable the business area to bring together an appropriate
engagement delivery plan.
- Supporting the stakeholder group to implement the right
employee engagement interventions, accessing the right support from
within the people group drawing on best practise and central
offers. Diversity & Inclusion
- Ensure diversity and inclusion runs through all people
strategies and action plan.
- Facilitate access to products and services to help support
networks to improve delivery.
- Support the business to access the right well-being services
for staff, bringing together all that is available through the
People Group to provide the right well-being package or service
dependent on the need. Behaviours: 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. Managing
A Quality Service
- Work with stakeholders to set priorities, objectives and
- Identify risks and resolve issues efficiently.
- Involve a diverse range of colleagues, stakeholders and
delivery partners in developing suggestions for improvements.
- Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and
contacts to achieve progress on shared objectives.
- Self-starter with drive and energy, strong interpersonal skills
and a team-centric and collaborative way of working.
- Create an inclusive working environment where all opinions and
challenges are taken into account and bullying, harassment and
discrimination are unacceptable. Seeing the Bigger Picture
- Understand the strategic drivers for your area of work.
- Remain alert to emerging issues and trends; align activities to
contribute to wider organisational priorities.
- Understand how the strategies and activities of the team create
value and meet the diverse needs of all stakeholders.
- Previous experience of working in a HR team and an awareness of
the wider Civil Service HR operating model.
- The ability to confidently build and manage a diverse range of
relationships, including with senior stakeholders.
- Strong experience of delivering in a HR team, with experience
of delivering HR plans and supporting others to optimise
performance of their staff.
- Excellent communication skills, both in verbal and written
formats. Ability to analyse and understand data and apply analytics
to business delivery. Qualifications: You will hold a Level 5
Associate Member CIPD or equivalent or willing to work towards.
Security clearance required: Security clearance will depend on the
environment and may include a requirement of CTC, SC, DBS.
Mandatory Eligibility Requirements Additional Information 1 Working
Arrangements & Further Information The MoJ offers Hybrid Working
arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal,
non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from
your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please
be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not
overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working.
-Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone's circumstances.
Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful
candidate(s) and subject to regular review. For nationally
advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to
a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice
Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be
discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.
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. MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to
retain their grade on lateral transfer. All candidates who are
currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure
they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary
promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.Flexible
working hoursThe Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working
system in many offices.BenefitsThe MoJ offers a range of
benefits:Annual LeaveA nnual leave is 25 days on appointment and
will increase to 30 days after five years' service. 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.PensionThe Civil Service offers a
choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the
pension that suits you best.TrainingThe Ministry of Justice is
committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of
training and development opportunities.NetworksThe 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
- A range of 'Family Friendly' policies such as opportunities to
work reduced hours or job share.
- Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail
vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
- For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil
Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on
claiming childcare vouchers. -You may however be eligible for
alternative government -childcare support schemes, including Tax
Free Childcare. More information can be found on -GOV.UK or
-Childcare Choices . -You can determine your -eligibility at
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer
screens.Working for the Civil ServiceThe 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 .
Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the
recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in
the following order
- To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to
Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail
- To Ministry of Justice Resourcing team
- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here )The
Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities.
As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing
everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent
and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the
recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an
interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection
criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.You will be able
to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within
the application form. If you need additional help completing the
application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries
Team.We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and
aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we
serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We
champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a
workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To
find out more about how we do this visit:
. 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 parentsIn 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
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 . We have provided detail
of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you
prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what
will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the
application stage.Application form stage assessments Behaviours
Making Effective Decisions - 250 word limit Managing a Quality
Service - 250 word limit Working Together - 250 word limit Seeing
the Big Picture - 250 word limit Experience Statement of
Suitability - 500 word limit A sift based on the lead behaviour,
Seeing the Big Picture, may be held if a large number of
applications are received. If a large number of applications remain
after the initial sift, your application will be progressed to a
full sift, where all behaviours will then be considered. Interview
stage assessments There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
Behaviours Making Effective Decisions Managing a Quality Service
Working Together Seeing the Big Picture Strengths may also be
assessed at interview but these are not shared in advance. A Great
Place to Work for VeteransThe "Making the Civil Service a Great
Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed
interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide
eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to
secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their
country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range
of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which
recognises and values your previous service in the Armed
For further details about the initiative and eligibility
requirements visit :
Redeployment Interview SchemeCivil Service departments are expected
to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual
redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment
Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at
risk of redundancy'.MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible
candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a
limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for
the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on
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