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HR Business Partner

Salary: Up to £40,000 pro rata


Location: The Oast House – Kent with travel throughout the business


Contract: Permanent


Hours: Full Time



We are By the Bridge, a leading independent fostering provider. We find and train the best foster parents so that young people in care get a better chance in life as a result of their foster family's commitment and dedication. By the Bridge is looking for a dedicated, proactive and forward thinking individual to join the company as a Human Resources Business Partner 


As Human Resources Business Partner, you will be an exceptionally driven individual and be a team player with strong leadership qualities to drive department and work in partnership with key stakeholders.



You will collaborate closely with Managers across the Company to provide impartial and consistent advice.


To provide Human Resources support and guidance to Regional managers, managers and employees in line with policies, procedures and legal requirements.


You will have a solid understanding of UK Employment Law and you will support the Human Resources key performance indicators. You will be comfortable offering advice to all levels of seniority.


You will undertake a variety of projects such as acquisitions/mergers, staff surveys, engagement, wellbeing, HR process and procedure.


This role will hold a full generalist remit including employee relations, talent, succession, restructuring, harmonization, TUPE as well as other HR projects.


You will work closely with and develop strong relationships with other support functions such as, Finance, Payroll & IT.


The successful candidate for this role will be autonomous, have excellent IT skills and have a keen eye for detail. They will have a keen focus on being able to see new recruitment opportunities and be able to make changes to react to changes in demand.


This is an exciting opportunity to work with By the Bridge with Cambian; an independent and leading fostering organisation with a unique therapeutic approach, providing high quality foster care for children of all ages and abilities.  We were judged ‘Good’ with outstanding features in our latest inspection.


What you will be doing


Undertaking periodic Human Resources Reviews with Regional Managers and Key managers about their designated sites, ensuring that issues are actioned and critical concerns are discussed with outcomes.


Supporting the Recruitment team where applicable.


Review staffing budgets with Managers and provide solutions in respect of overspends.


To provide professional and legislatively compliant advice on Human Resources issues, and support managers where appropriate on disciplinary, grievance, capability and harassment and discrimination cases using a problem solving approach and ensuring risks are flagged to Key figures within client group.


Provide advice and guidance on all aspects of the Employee lifecycle e.g. probation, progression, maternity, paternity.


Redeployment / Redundancy consultations.


Where required attend and chair formal meetings.


Attend and support interviews as required for senior roles.


Undertake lead for employment tribunals and liaise with ACAS on early conciliation.


Provide Human Resources presence at Governance meetings within the busniess.


Ensure data integrity audits of Human Resources systems are completed.


To advise and support managers on the management of sickness cases in accordance with the companies absence management policy and the Equality Act, liaising as appropriate with Occupational Health physicians.


Monitor and review exit interviews.


To undertake project work and policy development work as directed and guided by the MD


To keep abreast of developments in employment legislation and case law, and as directed by the MD ensure that managers are appropriately briefed on relevant changes and new legislation.


Ensure that relevant codes of practice and policies are adhered to and that procedures relating to child protection issues are followed.


Coaching and mentoring of junior team members and managers across the business.


Review staff costs on a monthly basis across the group.


Support with annual pay increase exercise in accordance with budget, cost of living and benchmarking exercises. 


Attend Senior Manager and Manager Meetings


Attend team meeting as required.


Provide communication of policy and procedure updates.



The package


We offer a salary of up to £40,000 (FTE) pro rata dependent on experience, life insurance, generous annual leave. 

Please note the successful applicant must agree to an enhanced disclosure under the Disclosure and Barring Service procedures (DBS). Employment will be offered to the successful applicant subject to a satisfactory disclosure report.


By the Bridge is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.


By the Bridge is an Equal Opportunities Employer.





Jobs at By the Bridge with Cambian

By the Bridge with Cambian is an innovative, dynamic, independent fostering organisation providing high quality foster care and services to children and their foster families. 


We continually strives to achieve excellence for our children and young people, foster parents and staff. And every member of staff makes a valuable contribution towards improving the lives of children. 


People are at the heart of everything that By the Bridge with Cambian is about.  It is vital for our children, that our foster parents and staff are inspired and motivated by working for us. 


We aim to create an environment where people feel valued and can grow, develop and achieve their goals.  We work to ensure that By the Bridge with Cambian is a fun place to be, where people are treated fairly and rewarded well for the work that they do.


By the Bridge with Cambian is an equal opportunities employer


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