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Principal, HR Business Partner

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Posting Date: 17-Feb-2018

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 13121
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division VP, Human Resources & Corporate Services
Dept. / Bus. Group Human Resources
Business Unit Business Partnering - CF
Contract Type Short Term
Contract Length 12 months
Posting End Date 02/02/2018 


Owned by 66 different countries, as well as the EU and the EIB, the EBRD is a unique international financial institution supporting projects across three continents. Investing primarily in private sector clients whose needs cannot be fully met by the market, we promote entrepreneurship and foster transition towards open and sustainable market economies.


We are currently looking for an experienced HR professional to join our team. Working in partnership with the Associate Director, HR Business Partner and other team members, you will drive and implement operationally excellent HR services to the business, in alignment with the overall business strategy.  Demonstrating continual improvement with the business, you will provide strategic advisory and support services, and ensure that you deliver highly effective HR to your clients in order that they can achieve their business goals.


The role requires a high level of interaction with clients of all levels and with the centres of expertise in HR.  There are three Business Partner teams; two covering the headquarters in London, and one covering the Resident Offices.  This role will provide support for staff across a broad range of specialisms e.g. Banking, Economists, Treasury and Legal. The intention is that this role would not have a dedicated client group, but instead would operate in an agile manner across BP teams to bolster resources; covering for periods of absence or when projects/ workload volume is particularly high.


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


  • Partnering with the Business to analyse and interpret business needs, identify trends and work with the Business Partnering team to translate these into HR initiatives.
  • Providing experienced advice and guidance in order to support, influence and challenge the business in the implementation of HR policies and procedures in order to ensure better business performance. 
  • Demonstrating a clear understanding of all HR elements of the employee life cycle and policies in order to mitigate legal and reputational risk and to meet business needs.
  • Responsibility for managing, mediating and facilitating sensitive, delicate or problematic employee relations issues, medical cases to reach a successful resolution, to mitigate grievances and maintain business continuity, with recourse to the Employee Relations Unit as appropriate.  Play a key role in keeping a good employee relations environment and a high level of staff engagement and trust.
  • Coaching clients in the development of their people management skills (leadership, communications etc) to ensure that performance management and trust is improved.
  • Collaboratively deciding resource planning measures, succession planning and talent development with the business and Talent Management team and identify short/long term solutions to achieve appropriate staffing to meet needs.
  • Analysing, interpreting and using various HR metrics and KPIs to provide guidance to the business.
  • Providing organisational effectiveness support, including analysing organisational design, developing high performing teams and increasing cooperation between departments.
  • Leading organisational change within the bank by providing change management strategies, stakeholder analysis and defining and implementing communications.
  • Working collaboratively with HR Client Services and across all Business Partner teams in order that the business receives a fast, accurate and high quality service.
  • Working collaboratively with the Talent Acquisition team in order to ensure that the Bank recruits the best talent Providing value-added assessment of  the quality of short-listed candidates, interviewing and assessing final candidates, and proceeding to offer using  insights gleaned by Talent Acquisition colleagues earlier in the selection process.
  • Record-keeping to underpin sound administration of Bank personnel:  Documenting and filing an accurate audit trail to clarify policy decisions and/or to document rationale for policy variations in the realms of reward and employee lifecycle events. Ensuring adequate details are kept and filed correctly so that any future recollection of a decision is fully captured and easily retrievable.  Documenting and accurately filing contemporaneous notes of manager/employee meetings about pertinent HR matters (includes using template chronology document).


This job description is not limited to the responsibilities listed and the incumbent may be requested to perform other relevant duties as required by business needs.


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • Extensive and proven professional HR generalist experience, preferably gained in the financial services sector.
  • Graduate (minimum degree) in relevant discipline preferred or equivalent experience.
  • CIPD or equivalent.
  • Proven track record of delivering results.
  • Experience of operating with excellent judgement in a demanding client facing role.
  • Strong partnership, influencing, problem solving and client orientation skills to enable positive engagement with stakeholders throughout the Bank.
  • Skills in facilitation, counselling and mediation.
  • Change management, succession and workforce planning and talent management experience.
  • Fluency in English both written and oral.
  • Be a role model for the EBRD values (and show evidence).
  • Experience of working in a multi-national environment with a dispersed workforce.


This is a 12 month short term contract.


Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.

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