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Business Partners - Organisational Development (OD)
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Business Partners - Organisational Development (OD)
Grade J - £43,590 - £48,492 per annum
Permanent contract
Full-time post but part-time and job share arrangements will be considered
Location - Post holders will be required to work across Kingston and Sutton Councils

About us

This is an exciting opportunity to join a progressive People and Organisational Development (OD) Shared Service that focuses on our customers’ needs across Kingston Council, Sutton Council and our traded services. We are building a strategically focused OD service, that is responsive to our internal customer needs and enables them to provide the services needed for the communities we work with. This a great place to be a HR and OD Professional.

We’ve recently undergone a significant restructure across the service which has resulted in the creation of a number of exciting new roles at various levels and the opportunity to define, shape and deliver our new strategic OD focused model. If you’re passionate about providing excellent customer, People and OD services and thrive in a challenging yet highly rewarding environment, then we want to hear from you.

About the roles
We’re recruiting for two Business Partners to join our new Organisational Development Business Partnerships Team. In these roles you’ll lead on organisational development projects, both Directorate and Council wide, including identification of need through to design, development and implementation. These roles essentially act as ‘relationship managers’ by regularly liaising with service areas to understand the business dynamics at a local level to then provide professional HR and OD solutions across the Councils and traded service organisations, with specific emphasis on leading and contributing to projects around workforce modernisation and productivity.

Critical to these roles is building trust and credibility with our Directors and Heads of Service, with a high level of responsiveness, understanding and focus on specific business needs and adapting your approach accordingly.

Key to these roles will also be leading on strategic workforce planning and resourcing working in partnership with colleagues in the Resourcing, Talent Benefit and Reward Team, as well as being able to interpret and analyse business intelligence relating to the analysis of workforce performance data in order to inform decision making.

About you
We’re looking for people who will question and challenge our ways of working, demonstrate innovation and creativity, can work successfully with key stakeholders and customers within and outside of the Council through effective communication.

You’ll have substantial experience of working in a large and complex environment and exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills with an emphasis on really ‘partnering’ with your customers, modelling a strong performance culture and constructively building achievement, confidence and skills in others. You’ll be able to demonstrate successful experience in delivering significant business-focused OD solutions that really meet the needs of the customer and organisation, with a focus on increasing efficiency and better ways of working.

You’ll also have sound knowledge and understanding of the National and Corporate political structures and local political environment and a strong commitment to your own personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the role.

A full overview of the skills, abilities and experience we’re looking for is outlined in the job profile.

Our offer
You’ll have access to a wide range of staff benefits, some of which include:
  • 29 days annual leave plus 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Support to progress your career with relevant development opportunities and the chance to play a part in key projects
  • Three volunteering days a year
  • Local government pension scheme
  • Interest free season loan ticket for travel, car parking scheme, cycle to work scheme and zip car scheme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres - full details here
  • Agile working arrangements
  • Modern and dynamic working environment and technology - all staff are issued with a Google Chrome Device to enable collaborative, streamlined and networked working.
Please apply online by uploading your current CV and a supporting statement outlining what skills, experience and abilities you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the job profile when completing your supporting statement:

Job Profile - please click here to view/download

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:

· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.  We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under represented within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

The Royal Borough of Kingston is now an accredited London Living Wage Employer. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. Our Living Wage commitment means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage. 

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