HR business partner

We are seeking to recruit a HR business partner to join our human resources department.

Main purpose of job

Macfarlanes’ HR department consists of 34 employees which fall into several different teams; operations, advisory and recruitment, graduate recruitment, learning & development, internal communications, and inclusion. This role is one of a number of HRBPs in the advisory team.

The HRBP will play an essential part in working with senior stakeholders to ensure that the people agenda is at the forefront of what we do. Macfarlanes is relatively new to the HRBP model. The successful candidate will need to build trust with the practice group heads and support them through the change, so they see the value of the HRBP model.

This role will be a champion of the D&I agenda and changing mind-sets in all aspects of the way we work and engaging our people.

The role

Key duties will include:

  • building trusted relationships with partners so that you are seen as the go to HR person for their practice;
  • working closely with partners to assist them to implement people strategies that best support their business;
  • coaching to help the business perform to its best e.g. helping development partners deliver feedback and have career conversations;
  • using experience, skills and knowledge of HR to make an impact in areas such as change management, organisation design, employee engagement and people analytics;
  • using data to highlight trends emerging in the practice;
  • assisting in building strong, diverse talent pipelines;
  • supporting practice areas in moving the D&I agenda forward by helping embed the firm-wide people commitment; and
  • working collaboratively with the recruitment team to ensure fair and consistent processes are in place to enable us to have the best talent available.

The candidate

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • experience working as an HRBP or HR manager;
  • strong influencing skills and confident in situations that require negotiation with an inclusive approach;
  • strategic HR and organisational development skills;
  • understands human behaviour and how to achieve change while building on Macfarlanes’ culture;
  • ensures that the technical advice is given with a commercial approach and sees ways of adding value beyond giving professional advice; and
  • comfortable offering advice to both your peers and junior employees.

Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives and firm’s policy.

Our commitment to inclusion

At Macfarlanes we understand the importance of an inclusive culture, the continued development of which has been identified as one of our key priorities. Our focus is to foster an inclusive culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership.  It is about recruiting, retaining and promoting all groups in the firm fairly, and we are continually reviewing our processes to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance.  An inclusive, forward-thinking culture also enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, bringing different perspectives and experiences, making Macfarlanes an exciting and stimulating place to work. We seek to recruit the best candidates, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

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