HR Business Partner - Flexible Working Available

Southampton, Hampshire
05 Mar 2021
17 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time



About the job

We welcome applications from all communities and we don’t discriminate against any identity. We’re interested to hear from you, regardless of your background.

Are you an experienced HR professional looking for a new challenge, where you can make a difference?

Do you want a role where you can maximise the value and improve the service that the HR function provides?

Would you describe yourself as a holistic HR professional?

Does your job matter?

Job description

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the Department for Transport and part of the Civil Service. It employs approximately 1,500 staff and over 3,500 volunteers across the UK. The MCA prevents the loss of life at sea and on the coast of the UK. People rely on our 24-hour emergency service 365-days a year, whilst our surveyors operate to ensure high standards of safety for ships and seafarers around the globe. Our vision is to be a world-leading maritime organisation, accelerating the transition to sustainable shipping with non-negotiable safety standards.

We put our people, our customers and our planet at the heart of everything we do.

Here at the MCA we have an exciting opportunity a HR Business Partner to join our professional and dedicated team, you will be responsible for working closely with MCA leaders to achieve shared organisational objectives.


Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Proactively work with the directors and their senior leadership teams to fully understand current and future business performance issues.

• Work with the HR leadership team to develop innovative, timely, inclusive and cost-effective workforce plans in support of an ambitious growth strategy.

• Lead transformation programmes coaching senior managers in inclusive organisational design and development.

• Interpretation of management information, providing recommendations to Directors which ensure the development of inclusive people strategies.

• Design and implement an Inclusion Strategy that makes lasting and impactful change.

• Ensure that all senior leaders understand and are fully engaged with Inclusive Talent Management strategies.

• Develop meaningful partnerships with all key business stakeholders.

• Champion a culture of continuous improvement and high performance at pace across the MCA.

• Collaborate with key stakeholders across DFT and represent the interests of the MCA in appropriate forums.

• Coach and mentor a variety of strategic HR cross-functional workstreams.

• Participate in the development and execution of strategic HR plans and ensure close alignment to MCA strategic priorities.

About you

You will come to us with a wealth of HR knowledge and a passion for improvement. You communicate in a natural engaging manner. You always provide honest and open feedback even in difficult situations gaining the trust and respect of your stakeholders. You have the ability to inspire, engage and encourage ideas from a diverse range of partners. You are someone who can gain an understanding of a broad range of information and formulate this into a strategic picture.


Be Chartered Member CIPD or be ready to qualify through experience assessment or demonstrate equivalent HR work experience.


Be Chartered Member CIPD or be ready to qualify through experience assessment or demonstrate equivalent HR work experience.


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace


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.

Find out what it's like to work at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Things you need to know 

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 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.

The Civil Service Nationality Rules has been updated following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. The new rules will come into effect on 1st January 2021. We urge people from the EU, European Economic Area and Switzerland to be familiar with the updated Nationality rules prior to applying for this role.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For this role we will assess your: Seeing the Big Picture, Leadership, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together, Making Effective Decisions, Changing and Improving, Delivering at Pace.

CV and Personal Statement:

Within your CV and personal statement please demonstrate your knowledge and experience of:

• Ability to interpret HR Management Information (MI) and data to inform strategic interventions.
• Managing senior stakeholder relationships
• Developing inclusive cultures

The sift is due to take place 19th March 2021

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held w/c 29th March 2021

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 with one or more exercises

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

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

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

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

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.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   Jo Hackwell Email :   [email protected]   Recruitment team : Email :   [email protected] Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: [email protected] If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission

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