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HR Business Partner

DS Smith
London, England
£70000 - £85000 per annum
Closing date
31 May 2022

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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 to our Paper, Recycling, Capex and Engineering divisions, areas of the business which are going through an exciting transformation. Working closely with senior managers across Paper, Recycling and Capex, you will help develop and drive elements of our People Strategy, managing key HR activities so that our people can continue to work effectively and push the business forward.

Utilising your experience, you will provide support on all aspects of the employee lifecycle; instilling HR functional excellence and continuous improvements within people processes. You will be motivated in supporting the business stakeholders on tactical HR related activities, with a passion for embedding HR best practices. Using your experience, you will provide advice on matters such as reward, talent, performance, change, culture and leadership. You will also be comfortable providing counsel on managing, mediating and facilitating sensitive employee relations matters to resolutions.

As well as the tactical HR responsibilities, you will play a pivotal role in delivering strategic change. Delivering effective change management is a key area to the role, as such this position gives you the ability to work with the Supply Engine Leadership Team to add value around strategy, creating a robust People Strategy that fosters a great culture.

About you

Minimum requirements:

  • Experience of operating as a HR Business Partner, ideally in an international environment and matrix structure
  • CIPD qualified (or equivalent)
  • Up to date comprehensive knowledge of HR best practice and employment legislation
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to engage with all levels of business stakeholders, including exec level
  • Comfortable working with Microsoft Tools - particularly Excel and Word

Preferred requirements:

  • Change Management experience would be desirable
  • Knowledge of Workday would be advantageous


  • Salary up to £85,000, dependent on experience
  • Discretionary Bonus
  • 25 days' holiday plus bank holidays
  • Car allowance
  • Pension scheme, life assurance and income protection
  • Private medical insurance
  • Sharesave scheme
  • Salary sacrifice electric car scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Discounts
  • 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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