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Lead People Partner

London, England
Closing date
19 Oct 2021

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Not for Profit/Charity
Job Type
HR Manager
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Wellcome is looking to recruit a Lead People Partner to join the People Operations team in People.

We are looking for someone to Partner with the organisation on all people matters helping ensure we have the right people in the right roles who are able to perform at their peak ability to enable Wellcome to deliver its strategic objectives.

The Lead people Partner will be responsible for:

  • SLT/ELT (Senior Leadership teams) stakeholder management & business engagement providing thought leadership, thought-provoking & coaching as appropriate (including being member of SLT teams);

  • Drive and be responsible for resource planning activity for client group, understanding all proposed people changes for both staff and contractor populations, & providing challenge where appropriate; linked to finance budgeting/planning process;

  • Development & delivery of client group(s) people plans aligned to business needs and Wellcome people strategy;

  • Understand business drivers and priorities to add value to the client group agenda recognising and challenging commercial value of activities as appropriate, and turning ambiguous circumstances into clearly defined outcomes;

  • Influencing the client group senior teams to embed the Wellcome cultural shifts, and maximise employee engagement;

  • Coach managers to drive a strong performance culture ensuring approaches are aligned with Wellcome values and behaviours;

  • Improve people management capability across the Wellcome executive and senior teams, through direct and indirect activity guiding leaders to ultimately know how and when to make the right people decisions without needing direct people team support;

  • Oversight of successful implementation & embedding of People & Business strategic deliverables;

  • Act as lead People Partner on key strategic People projects/client group projects/BAU activity, ensuring design & delivery of the required outputs will effectively land and embed across the whole of Wellcome;

  • Input into complex ER decision making alongside SLT/ELT member(s);

  • Be confident and comfortable with utilisation data analytics to identify issues and drive commercial solutions and results;

  • Work collaboratively with People Operations colleagues to identify consistent challenges and themes across the organisation and devise strategic, commercial solutions to enhance the service to senior, executive and overall employee experience;

  • Contribute to the creation and development of a diverse and inclusive culture across the organisation, collaborating across departments;

  • Exercise cost control and manage expenditure to work within the agreed operating budget.

Experience & Skills

  • Significant People Partnering experience at Executive/Senior Team level

  • Expertise in developing and delivering People Strategies for client groups aligned to an organisational wider People strategy

  • Experience in effectively working in a People Partner role supported by a People Service Desk and centralised Employee Relations

  • Talent management & resource planning expertise

  • Organisational/change management experience including but not limited to OD (Organisation Design) design, OD implementation, TUPE and exit management

  • Extensive experience working effectively with People Centres of Excellence to deliver and embed key strategic people projects into the organisation

  • Strong coaching and influencing skills and experience

  • Previous experience of presenting HR business cases and presentations to senior teams

  • Solid understanding of employee metrics and people data with the ability to analyse and manipulate for management reporting

  • Good knowledge of diversity and inclusion related legislation and best practice, ensuring D&I considerations are central to all support provided to the organisation

Education & Qualifications

  • CIPD/Relevant degree or qualified by experience

Salary: £66,000

Contract Type: Permanent

Advert closing date: Wednesday, 20th October 2021

Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at

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