HR Business Partners - Flexible Working Available

Birmingham, Leeds, London
30 Oct 2020
05 Nov 2020
Contract Type


The Department for Transport is a vibrant and multidimensional organisation that is currently at the forefront of the response to Covid-19 and at the very heart of key infrastructure projects including HS2 and technological advances such as driver-less cars and drones.

Our people are core to this focus and are key parts of the work we undertake, achieving exciting, ambitious outcomes that really do provide innovation and value for the taxpayer through the solutions we provide.

We are searching for committed HR Business Partners to work in collaboration with a wide range of representatives across the Department to enable them through the effective partnership of our leaders to mentor and develop understanding of the people strategy enabling us to achieve its core aims and objectives.

Are you a natural influencer who enjoys having meaningful conversations? We would love someone to join us who can build rapport quickly with key people internally. You will enjoy influencing others, encouraging them to make the right decisions in line with the government and departmental strategy.

We collaborate often and are looking for someone who is a fantastic teammate. You will be experienced in providing guidance and robust recommendations to internal colleagues, where your exceptional engagement and relationship building skills will enable you to influence and challenge at all levels.

If this is you, we would love to hear from you, our core HR Team is growing and you may be what we are looking for!

Job description

This is an amazing time to join the Department of Transport and this opportunity will give the successful candidates exciting opportunities to join the HR Department at a challenging yet rewarding time as we support the business through unprecedented times. We have numerous opportunities within the HR family at the Department for Transport which will enable the successful candidates to grow and play a pivotal role in achieving our departmental values and objectives.


Roles and Responsibilities

HR Business Partner x2

• Implementation and delivery of people strategies for key client groups
• Building and developing skills and capability within groups
• Strategic resourcing & workforce planning
• Implementation of HR Policies
• Working and consulting on organisational design and development projects
• Working knowledge of TUPE and associated practices

Please note these roles can be based in either Leeds or Birmingham, some travel to London may be expected as part of the role.

For more information about the role please see the attached role profile.

About you

Are you looking for a chance to utilise your knowledge in HR within an organisation that celebrates growth and change?

Do you pride yourself on your excellent communication skills in particular the ability to work in collaboration with a wide stakeholder base towards the successful achievement of business goals and objectives?

If so we would love to hear from you.

We’re looking for talented professionals who are passionate about working in HR and implementing positive change within the organisation. Due to the nature of the roles, you must hold or be working towards achieving your CIPD Level 5 qualification / above.

About us

Our mission at the Department for Transport is ‘connecting people and places’. Everything we do to achieve this is reinforced by our values:
Confidence: to challenge, to take action, to innovate
Excellence: in our professionalism, in our delivery, in our learning
Teamwork: we are inclusive, we collaborate, we support each other

These values define the kind of organisation we want to be – delivering for today whilst being ambitious for tomorrow.

We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. Everyone is involved in making DfT an inclusive and great place to work. We actively promote a flexible approach to working whilst giving our staff opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their full potential.

We are different people, one team.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.


Do you hold or are you working towards the achievement of your CIPD Level 5 qualification / above or equivalent?


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Please tailor your CV & Personal Statement to demonstrate your experience of -

• Working with Senior leaders to plan, advise, and support implementation of change across areas of a business
• Experience of leading resourcing strategies, with workforce planning
• Experience of identifying skills gaps, and building & developing skills and capability within a business

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Judgement test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the tests is 23:55 on 5th November. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

The sift is likely to be conducted w/c 9th November.

Interviews are likely to be conducted virtually, and you will be assessed against the role you have specified in this application. Interviews are likely to take place w/c 23rd November.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:
• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.