Human Resources Business Partner (12 months maternity cover)

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Human Resources Business Partner (12 months maternity cover)

  • Post Date:10th February 2023
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Job Description

Job title: Human Resources Business Partner (12 months maternity cover contract, commencing in May / June 2023)
Department: Human Resources
Reporting to: Head of HR Operations
Grade: 5
Salary: £52,945 per annum
Base: Gravesend, Kent
Closing date: 25th February 2023
Interview date: TBC
Reference Number: 16

Who we are:

The Port of London Authority is the statutory harbour authority for the tidal Thames and responsible for 95 miles of the River Thames from the Estuary to Teddington Lock in West London. We work to keep river users safe, protect and enhance the environment and promote the use of the river for trade and travel.

The role:

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Human Resources Business Partner into the team, initially on a 12-month fixed term contract. You must be available to join us by the end of May 2023.

You will be working in an area which is key to the success of the Authority. The job is challenging and diverse, and very rewarding, You will be at the forefront of the provision of a high quality HR service to predominantly operational business areas, so we would particularly like to hear from candidates with a similar background in either the industrial sector or a unionised organisation.

As one of two Human Resource Business Partners you will work directly with a variety of departments across the organisation, with your main work being around recruitment, employee relations, learning and development and general support to the managers and staff within those departments.

You will get to work with people at all levels within the business, including Directors, so you will have a real impact with the work that you do. You will also be involved in a diverse range of other work affecting the wider business such as policy reviews, organisational change, reward and benefit, and health and wellbeing initiatives.

What we are looking for:

You will be responsible for updating the employee data for the areas of the business that you will look after, so high-level experience of HR systems is essential. Previous experience of Unit4 Business World and the use of learning management systems is highly desirable.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and hold either a graduate or post-graduate level qualification in Human Resources Management. You should also have Chartered membership of the CIPD. You must be self-motivated and be able to work cohesively as part of a team. You should have strengths in problem-solving combined with analytical, communication, time management and interpersonal skills. You will also have a real passion for further developing the wider people agenda in the PLA.

Benefits package:

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Medical Cash Plan (Westfield Health)
  • Generous pension
  • Onsite parking with electric charging
  • Access to Occupational Health, Mindfulness, Counselling and Physiotherapy
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to MyGymDiscounts

Full job description

For further information or if you would like to have an informal discussion about the position, please contact Gary Holdforth, Head of HR Operations on 01474 562379 / 07711 640124 or email

To apply, please complete the application form, including the reference number stated above.

You are required to have a Right to Work in UK, as currently the PLA is not a sponsor employer, therefore an offer of employment cannot be made unless you currently hold the rights to live and work in the UK.