HR Business Partner

Job Description At abrdn we empower our clients to plan, save and invest for their futures. Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create more ways for money...

Job Description

At abrdn we empower our clients to plan, save and invest for their futures.

Through the expertise, insight and innovation of our team, we aim to help clients create more ways for money to make an impact. We set our sights on giving them more confidence to achieve their goals, and more clarity about what they need next. And we focus on delivering outcomes that are more than just financial – by investing sustainably to build a better world.

About the department

abrdn’s Human Resources function has a vision that positions our Culture and Talent as a market differentiator and plays a lead role in making our brand meaningful for colleagues. This encompasses creating the right culture, development opportunities, remuneration principles and organisational structures to attract, reward, retain, develop and successfully deploy a high-calibre, impactful, diverse and inclusive workforce.

About the role

We have a brilliant opportunity for an HR Business Partner to lead and support the delivery of our HR agenda within a defined business area. 

Reporting to the HR Director, and working closely with the Heads of HR and business leaders this person will:

- Use Data & Analytics as well as Business and HR insight to influence change initiatives at a strategic level

- Collaborate with business leaders to develop and implement appropriate organisational design, structures and job roles

- Lead critical Business and HR Function projects.

They will be responsible for:

  • Creating strategic partnerships with leaders and establishing a licence to operate

  • Strategy & Planning: Working with the Heads of HR to support a specific customer group(s) within a vector or function. Operating as an integral part of the vector/function to lead the design and implementation of the HR Strategy aligning to abrdn strategic objectives

  • Strategic Capability Planning with CoEs: Implementing appropriate strategic capability planning (e.g. talent and resourcing strategies) to deliver the right people in the right place at the right time with the right skills

  • Change Management: Working with senior business leaders to proactively plan, advise and support the implementation of change, its’ impact on people and working practices to enable improved business performance whilst ensuring this also supports abrdn’s organisational culture and values

  • Leadership: Forming strong and influential relationships between self, leaders and HR Function colleagues in order to deliver strategic value to abrdn. In addition, demonstrates personal credibility and capability across the function to provide a quality service

  • Leveraging the breadth of CoEs to the business: Talent and Organisational Effectiveness, Global Reward, D&I and HR Service

  • HR Function Service Delivery: Ensuring effective flow of communication between CoEs and Business. Where appropriate supporting escalations and problem resolution.

  • Employee Engagement: Collaborating with the CoEs and the business to drive employee engagement initiatives and plans for retaining and winning top talent

 Skills and Experience we're looking for (minimum requirements):

  • HR background with project delivery and CoE expertise and experienced in operating in a matrixed global environment either within financial services or asset management

  • Excellent stakeholder management with senior business leaders and ability to influence change

  • Provide guidance and support in TUPE

  • Strong relationship skills and ability to build rapport with stakeholders

  • Awareness of what, and how, the wider business strategy can be supported by the HR Function

  • Experience coaching and mentoring line managers, project consultants, CoE partners

  • Demonstrated success in delivering results under tight deadlines

  • Global Acumen with sensitivity to diverse cultures and personality types

  • Track Record in driving changes through influencing and communication

  • Positive and driven mindset

  • Strong Delivery Focus

  • Can look ahead, anticipate, speak up and act with initiative

  • Value-adding experience and expertise gained in HR functions (such as Business Partnering, Talent, Reward, HR Operations etc.) would be highly beneficial

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed employer. Therefore, if you have a disability and would like to submit an application to one of our UK roles under the Disability Confident Scheme, please notify us by completing the relevant section in our candidate questionnaire and one of our team will reach out to support you through your application process.

Our Benefits

There's more to working life than coming home with a good salary. We have an environment where you can learn, get involved and be supported.

When you join us, your reward will be one of the best around, including 40 days annual leave, a 16% employer pension contribution, a discretionary, performance based bonus, private healthcare and a range of flexible benefits including gym discounts, season ticket loans and access to an employee discount site amongst many others. You can read more about our benefits here.

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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