Senior HR Business Partner

Oakleaf Partnership
London, England
£110000 - £115000 per annum
Closing date
14 Feb 2023
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Senior HR Business Partner

Global Investment firm



£110,000 - £115,000

I have partnered with a Global Investment firm in their search for a Senior HR Business Partner to join the European business partnering team in London. This is an extremely important hire for the organisation, with this role being the right hand person to the Head of HR (UK), so will need to have strong experience with project management & facing off the c-suite individuals.


  • To proactively identify and address capability and structure needs through strategic workforce planning and capability planning across customer groups
  • To optimise organisational structures through effective use of organisational design principles, in support of business requirements
  • Supporting and maintaining the integrity of the organisational hierarchy through the effective use of job evaluation and managing the change following organisational restructures or major change projects
  • To optimise ways of working by driving collaboration/integration and diverse working styles and promoting more Progressive ways of working, including Hybrid Working
  • To proactively mitigate HR operational risk aligned to our risk appetite
  • To partner with the business to develop and drive an annual People Plan for customer groups
  • To drive the delivery of HR employee lifecycle products across customer groups
  • To continuously develop and incorporate external HR insight into SMBC
  • To proactively manage succession risk and develop diverse talent by partnering with the business to drive the talent review, succession planning and promotions processes across customer groups
  • To oversee recruitment activity across customer groups, to ensure diverse talent is entering the organisation
  • To drive line manager capability, providing Executive and line management coaching in complex or performance related cases and the delivery of people processes
  • To complete Learning Needs Analysis to identify and implement development priorities across customer groups
  • To drive a high performance workplace by identifying and addressing performance differentiation. This includes partnering with the business to drive the performance management cycle, facilitating performance calibration and addressing underperformance across customer groups
  • To partner with the business to drive the annual salary and bonus review across customer groups
  • To proactively manage Equal Pay
  • To proactively review and provide feedback to wider HR colleagues on benefit effectiveness and improvement opportunities across customer groups
  • To manage HR effectiveness through specific HR metrics
  • To drive line manager uptake of HR technology
  • To proactively review and advise wider HR colleagues on further opportunities for automation and data analytics
  • To partner with the business to drive the Diversity and Inclusion agenda across customer groups
  • To partner with the business to drive the outputs of the Culture and Employee Engagement surveys across customer groups
  • To partner with the business to drive the Wellbeing agenda across customer groups
  • To partner with the business to drive the Conduct agenda across customer groups
  • To partner with the central Policy team to manage employee relations cases


  • Strong judgment across complex HR issues through to strategic insight on the entire HR employee lifecycle
  • Strategic thinker balanced with a strong record of execution
  • Excellent track record of Human Resources Management, developed in a knowledge based industry and in a complex ever changing environment
  • Highly disciplined person with ability to form and express well-reasoned arguments and to influence senior management
  • Awareness of FS operating model, and an Investment Banking structure, business strategy, customer base and the products and how this impacts HR activity
  • Confidence and personal presence to gain the respect of both peers and senior management
  • In depth knowledge of the financial sector, the ever changing regulations and the impact it will have on the banking sector
  • Degree level education or equivalent professional qualifications is desirable
  • High level of IT literacy in particular Excel, strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal / teamwork skills with an ability to facilitate and coach others
  • While committing to the team objectives, demonstrate personal accountability for delivery of personal actions


Oakleaf Partnership is the UK’s largest independent HR recruitment consultancy. Founded in 2005, we have built enduring relationships with HR functions across every sector; thanks in part to our expertise, but also our collaborative approach. We listen. We share our insights. We take the time to truly understand the culture of an organisation – the person behind a CV.

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