Programme People Specialist (2 Year FTA)
Overview of Responsibilities
Who are we looking for?
Fixed term contract until 31 March 2024
As the Programme People Specialist you will join the team that is establishing a new legal entity; you’ll work closely with the STEP Strategic People Business Partner (SPBP) to develop and deliver on the change management initiatives that include policy and process development, organisational design, career frameworks and talent management, total reward and various other process improvement and development projects. STEP will be moving through different stages of its development (from Tranche 1 to 2) and this role will be pivotal in supporting and enabling change, introducing the frameworks and policies that will be needed.
The role includes responsibility for the operational day-to-day people activities within the Programme, taking ownership of the employee relations caseload, leading annual people processes including performance management, capability building, onboarding and exit management, coordinating recruitment activities, and query handling on benefits and policies in conjunction with the various centres of excellence within UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).
To learn more about STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Programme) within UKAEA, please follow this link -> STEP – Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (ukaea.uk)
What will you be responsible for?
Research external benchmarks and best practice to develop, together with the SPBP, the Programme’s future policies, systems and procedures for all people related activities, such as Performance Management, Attendance, Recognition and Reward, Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, Succession Planning and Career Development.
Contribute to the change management plans, supporting and effectively communicating while engaging with key stakeholders.
Contribute to the talent development agenda and its implementation through talent management initiatives such as developing career paths, succession planning, performance review processes, and the identification of development and training needs.
Taking ownership of the employee relations caseload by advising on the management of conduct issues, grievances and other ER issues within the Programme.
Assist with internal People process improvements, and People policy development and implementation, taking account of external best practice and benchmarking.
Support the SPBP with near and long-term workforce forecasting and demand planning, focusing on building the capability of the manager rather than just managing the issue.
Lead the employee engagement survey and follow up with action planning. Assist in facilitating focus groups and think tank sessions.
Provide intelligent management information to deliver reports and people data as required to meet the needs of People projects, operational activities, and initiatives, including collating, analysing, interpreting, and presenting data.
Take ownership of the development, continuous improvement and implementation of the STEP onboarding programme, supporting managers on what is expected of them, to ensure that all employees are welcomed, motivated, engaged and well-integrated.
Occasional travel might be required to Rotherham.
Hybrid working will be considered for this role.
Essential skills, experience and competence required
- Experience of working as an HR Advisor/Junior HRBP or HRBP
- Experience of working in a fast-paced, commercial organisation
- Experience of developing policies, processes and guidelines using external best practice that benefit their customer
- Has some experience in a start up business or business division where there was a need to implement policies and processes where none previously existed
- Able to demonstrate creative thinking to customer problems
- Able to demonstrate concrete examples where continuous improvement has led to value add to their customer
- Enjoys finding digital solutions to everyday processes
- Using evidence to propose solutions to HR challenges, including collating, analysing, interpreting, and presenting data
- Have understanding of the labour legislation and is able to practically apply this knowledge
- The ability to manage conflicting situations and difficult conversations in a calm and confident manner
- The ability to build effective stakeholder relationships
Desirable skills, experience and competence
- Working with Excel using vlookups and pivot tables, creating professional presentations in PowerPoint to produce meaningful analytics
- Using and promoting digital solutions to the benefit of the customer and to create efficiencies
- Experience working on recruitment and talent acquisition processes, driving performance management processes, gathering people development needs and developing a development strategy for their business/department.
- Degree in HRM or equivalent, with a minimum of CIPD Level 5, is desirable
What we offer
Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.
Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 16/10/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
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