Assistant HR Business Partner, SCS Resourcing and Talent

London , Birmingham , Swansea , Leeds
National - £30,734 London - £34,708
11 Jun 2021
15 Jun 2021


Salary: National - £30,734 London - £34,708

Locations: Birmingham, Leeds, London or Swansea

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Job description

This is an exciting time to join the Department for Transport and join our HR function. Our department has played a critical role in the process of leaving the European Union and in the UK’s response to the COVID19 Pandemic. We have an exciting and growing policy and delivery agenda that is vital to the economic and social future of the country. At the heart of delivery are the civil servants whose individual skills and commitment to public service underpin the government's work.

The Department for Transport (DfT) and our agencies employ around 15,000 staff, of whom about 3000 are in the core Department, and we have the largest and most complex capital project portfolio in Government, delivered principally through delivery partners including Network Rail, HS2 Ltd and Highways England. We are looking to broaden our presence around the country and are growing new locations in Leeds and Birmingham.

As the Assistant HR Business Partner- SCS Resourcing and Talent, you will be working as part of a small team on a varied, fast-paced and busy area, leading on HR delivery for the department’s Senior Civil Service (SCS) in DfT.


Recruitment - leading SCS recruitment, managing the relationship with the Government Recruitment Service (GRS), and building credible relationships with senior stakeholders, wider HR colleagues and external partners to achieve a successful outcome.

Resourcing – assisting future developments of SCS Resourcing, onboarding and induction strategies that attract and retain the right people for our organisation.

Talent Management - supporting the Team leader in future developments of the DfT’s talent management strategy for SCS, and its implementation.

Performance Management - supporting on the SCS performance management process. Leading on drafting communications, managing the delivery of the process.

Data - acting as the Management Information (MI) lead for all SCS related data requests including providing analysis of the qualitative data.

Please refer to the job profile for further information about the role responsibilities

You will have the opportunity to build and maintain relationships with some of the most senior people across our department, so it is vital that you have the ability to communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner developing trust and influencing where necessary. You will have a background in HR but this can be across recruitment, resourcing, talent and performance management or workforce planning as we fully support personal development within our team. You will need to bring experience of analysing and actively using data to support key decision making and providing greater insight to wider HR teams.

Please refer to the job profile for further information on the experience you will bring to the role.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing


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

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 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. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

How to apply

Within your CV and Personal Statement please provide evidence of the following, we recommend you utilise the 1000-word count provided for the Personal Statement –

- Your experience of working within a HR function, which could include but not limited to resourcing, talent/performance management or workforce planning
- Your experience of building collaborative relationships, communicating effectively and influencing senior leaders within your previous roles
- Your experience of analysing and actively using data and MI to help HR and business deliver key business outcomes

The sift is due to take place from 16th June 2021.

Interviews are likely to be held w/c 28th June 2021.

This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

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.

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

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 :   Seanagh Derby 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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