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HR Business Partner

DS Smith
Kettering, England
Closing date
19 Nov 2021

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About the role

Here at DS Smith we are looking for a highly skilled HR Business Partner who will provide support and expertise across 3 of our packaging sites (Blunham, Kettering and Louth). You will work closely with our Cluster HRBP to deliver the HR operational plan by driving the HR agenda.

You will use your experience to coach our site leaders on several key focus areas including Change Management, Engagement, Performance & Talent, Employee Relations and Recruitment & Selection. You will be a problem solver who is trusted in resolving challenging situations, continually driving best practice and ensuring compliance with all company procedures, policies and employment legislation.

Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills are a priority for this role, with the ability to influence the site leadership teams to enable the delivery of a valued added HR service.

You will be experienced in supporting and enabling line managers to competently deal with performance, absence, disciplinary and grievance issues.

If you are a resilient, organised and analytical HR Business Partner with a hands-on approach as well as collaborating on strategic level people plans then this maybe the role for you!

About you

Minimum requirements:

  • Experience of operating as a HR Business Partner in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience of coaching managers in delivering HR related activities
  • Up to date comprehensive knowledge of HR best practice and employment legislation
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills
  • Comfortable working with Microsoft Tools - particularly Excel and Word

Preferred requirements:

  • Experience of working in the manufacturing sector
  • Experience of operating across multiple sites/locations


  • Competitive salary
  • Company bonus
  • Pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Income protection
  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Annual Cycle to Work Scheme


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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