Human Resources Business Partner

Chemonics, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th March, 2019

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a human resources business partner (HRBP) for the growing U.K. Division. The HRBP will deliver, coordinate, and implement timely and responsive human resources programs, services, and initiatives for the U.K. Business Unit while serving as the front-line Human Resources Department (HRD) representative. Leading coordination with the U.K. Business Unit and relevant HRD teams, the HRBP will efficiently address ongoing and emerging business needs, such as managing talent, facilitating global mobility cases, resolving employee relations issues, and contributing to business growth efforts. Additionally, the HRBP will contribute to HRD and U.K. Business Unit strategic planning; participate in relevant HRD and business unit staff meetings; support best practice and policy revision efforts; and disseminate and ensure application of HRD policies, practices, and approaches. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate closely with the Human Resources Division based in Washington, D.C., to coordinate day-to-day human resources functions and activities; troubleshoot emerging issues; and develop human resources workflows, policies, procedures and programs to support activities and initiatives of the U.K. Business Unit
  • Facilitate new-hire onboarding and orientation for U.K.-based employees
  • Manage the human resources information system for local staff
  • Input and review monthly payroll information for U.K. staff
  • Work closely with the Compensation and Benefits Team to review and refine U.K. compensation and job leveling/structuring strategies as well as competitive health-care and welfare benefits
  • Work with the Compensation and Benefits Team to communicate the benefits program to U.K.-based staff and act as a point of contact for staff with queries
  • Work closely with the Recruitment Team, meet the talent acquisition needs for the U.K. Business Unit, and advise on hiring mechanisms for employing staff; when necessary, lead and manage U.K. recruitment processes
  • Advise management on addressing employee performance or conduct issues, including by preparing, reviewing, and delivering corrective documentation and feedback on performance; undertake investigations when required
  • Research all human resources policies to ensure they are up to date and compliant with U.K. labour laws and Chemonics’ requirements, and ensure these policies are communicated to staff on timely and regular basis
  • Develop and review human resources processes to ensure their compliance with regulatory requirements and Chemonics’ internal requirements
  • Provide customer service at the highest standard, proactively address issues, and coordinate with human resources colleagues to ensure cohesion with corporate practices, procedures, and polices
  • Act as first point of contact for staff queries regarding policy interpretations, workplace challenges, or other human resources issues
  • Learn and maintain knowledge of HRD and U.K. Business Unit work plans and associated human resources management needs and priorities
  • Work closely with the senior vice president to best support the unit and address rapidly shifting business demands
  • Apply understanding of U.K. local labour law (or the labour law of another applicable country); Chemonics’ policies, standard operating procedures, cost accounting practices; and human resources practices to make decisions/recommendations that mitigate legal and reputational risk
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with project management units, operations teams, the Risk Management Division, the Office of Business Conduct, and other human resources departments to meet business needs
  • Advise project management units on ensuring the legal compliance of Chemonics and global staff with applicable regulations; provide guidance on Chemonics’ policies and procedures
  • Interpret the policies and procedures of Chemonics, Chemonics’ clients, and relevant regulatory agencies to provide sound guidance
  • Maintain and expand technical knowledge of human resources and international development clients by collaborating with other HRBPs at Chemonics, attending workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies
  • Support staff care and wellness; provide basic information related to staff care services; and connect employees and projects with resources
  • Participate in coordinating service provider fieldtrips, working with management to address crises, incidents, and emergencies
  • Develop human resources-related presentations; train staff; coach and mentor through one-on-one sessions, small groups, corporate training programs; and share information through various forums
  • In consultation with HRD colleagues and external advisors, anticipate, responsibly articulate, and address potential employee relations and other human resources risks and liabilities
  • Delegate, supervise, and evaluate the performances of supervisees, providing regular, constructive performance feedback and promptly resolving performance issues
  • Provide guidance on the use of independent consultant agreements, and manage administrative processes related to their implementation
  • Participate in proposal teams, including recruiting personnel and researching and writing proposal sections


  • Relevant professional work and supervisory experience; human resources certification preferred
  • Authorisation to work in the United Kingdom
  • Proven experience in human resources positions with increasing responsibility
  • International experience and experience working in a human resources capacity for an international development firm preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of workplace laws, regulations, and employment trends
  • Knowledge of and experience in all functional human resources areas, particularly employment law, recruitment, and employee relations
  • Knowledge of the U.K. Department for International Development, European Union, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, and USAID funding mechanisms and their operations preferred
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines
  • Strong conflict management skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated organisational skills, discretion, and ability to manage confidential information
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing as well as effectively lead presentations, training courses, and meetings
  • Ability to establish strong relationships with colleagues at all levels
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and human resources information systems
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity


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