People Relations Partner

Swindon, Wiltshire
19 Jun 2022
19 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
Homeworking available

Job Description


An exciting opportunity for a People Relations Partner based either in our Swindon or London office (with hybrid working) to act as the first point of contact for colleagues and managers that have a people related query and management of this end to end.

WH Smith is in a real period of transformation and at the heart of our growth plans is our people so we are growing our People Relations Team, it’s fast, fun, people and customer focused.

Scope of the Role & Department:
You will provide best in class advice, highly personalised through multiple channels, connecting with the wider people team and business leaders, you will form part of a team that will service International, High Street & Post Office, Travel and Online services.
You will build strong and trusted relationships with business leaders, people partners and other key stakeholders so that you can understand business priorities. 
You will be a strong communicator, expert in your field, ensuring that policy and processes are understood, co-ordinating colleagues and managers through the processes.
You will have experience in playing a critical role in an employee relations area and able to deliver high-impact interventions that add value.
As a People Relations Partner you will be reporting into the ER Manager and will become part of a talented Advisory team that provides expert advice and guidance on all things related to HR policy and practice.

Essential Skills:
As an important member of the People team, you will have previous experience within a similar role, be a confident communicator and have a ‘can do’ attitude. 
This is a fast paced role, with the opportunity to deal with high volume queries, ranging from supporting welfare, advising on policy, working in partnership with the People teams and working as part of a team to achieve a positive outcome for all involved..
Our HR Team provide business focused, people-related advice across the WHSmith group. Valuing our People is one of WHSmith's core values and our HR team work closely with the Business to ensure a proactive and commercial approach to making WHSmith a great place to work.
For customer focus, career focused individuals this all adds up to a unique opportunity. 

What we can offer you:
Annual bonus based on company performance
Hybrid working model from home and in the office
24 days holiday, plus your Birthday off, plus Bank Holidays with an opportunity to buy extra days holiday
Finish at 4pm on a Friday
Competitive pension contribution
Staff discount card for stores and online

About Us
WHSmith is a leading, global travel retailer with a smaller business located on UK high streets. Since 1792, we’ve grown and evolved into a globally recognised brand, and we’re proud to be that air of familiarity people love and trust on their journey, both in life and through life. Today, we have more than 1700 stores in over 30 countries across the globe, serving millions of customers every year, and you’ll find us at airports, railway stations, hospitals and on the high street.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, colour, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and basis of disability. When we collect your personal information as part of a job application or offer of employment, we do so in accordance with industry standards and best practices and in compliance with applicable privacy laws.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and encourage them in particular from individuals from under-represented groups at WH Smith. This includes women and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

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