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Senior HR Business Partner

DS Smith
Leeds, England
Closing date
20 Oct 2021
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About the role

As a Senior HR Business Partner for DS Smith's Packaging division in the UK (Retail North cluster), you will provide HR leadership, support and guidance to our employees, developing and implementing the HR corporate plan and strategic priorities, working closely with the Directors in your cluster. You will have responsibility for several manufacturing sites across the North of England and Scotland, working closely with the General Managers and their teams for each site, maximising and driving delivery plans.

We're looking for you to be a true partner to the business, driving results and people capabilities, ensuring commercial and business engagement from the cluster, and driving the people plan of DS Smith in the UK using insights from the people survey, attrition reports and other data. Within the role, you will need to look at headcount and salary budgets, reward frameworks and benefits, performance management, talent development, succession plans and resourcing, and workforce productivity action plans.

You will provide leadership to the site GMs and HR teams on change management, communication, and engagement, offering advice and coaching on business specific needs and performance issues. You will deliver standardisation and consistency across all our sites, sharing best practice recommendations and continuous improvement solutions, with a focus on management capability. You will develop new policies, procedures, and processes, ensuring that we stay compliant with HR legislation and keeping all employee data in Workday accurate and up to date. To your direct team of HR Advisors, you should be a mentor and a coach, able to establish development goals and a talent pipeline.

We're looking for someone that can build, foster, and drive a culture of collaboration, partnering, accountability and continuous improvement. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a FTSE 100 packaging company that is looking to make a difference, giving you the chance to a make a real impact and drive change.

About you

Minimum requirements:

  • Educated to degree level, ideally with a professional HR qualification (e.g. CIPD)
  • Significant experience in HR management positions, managing teams in a fast-paced, multi-site/location environment with a large direct workforce, ideally in manufacturing
  • Experience with project management and implementing change processes (e.g. organisation design and selection, HR Information Systems implementation, reorganisations)
  • Highly commercial, able to align HR strategy with business objectives and financial drivers
  • An excellent communicator, fluent in written and spoken English


  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discretionary bonus and car allowance
  • Pension and share scheme
  • Private medical insurance, life assurance and income protection
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme and shopping discounts


About us

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. We play a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials. 

Through our purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and our Now and Next sustainability strategy, we are committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for our customers and wider society – replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Our bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sits at the heart of this response. 

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and we are a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Our history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

Our people

At DS Smith we have a concept of Growing Together which describes the way we approach people development. Growing Together is a two-way commitment between employees and the business. It is a way of working, a mind-set and a commitment.

One of our strategic goals is to realise the potential of our people. This is only possible if we provide developmental opportunities to our people that allow them to grow, contribute more effectively and enjoy the rewards of a successful career.

People development is more than just changing jobs. It is about growing through experiences in both familiar and unfamiliar situations within a supportive environment.




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