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Senior HR Business Partner

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Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Gatwick, GB

Company: Civil Aviation Authority

Salary: Up to £72,000 pa dependant on experience


Contract Type: Permanent


We are the UK's aviation regulator and recognised as a world leader in its field. Our activities are diverse, enabling the aviation industry to meet the highest safety standards, and we pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to the constantly evolving aviation environment.


The Role


The Senior HR Business Partner plays a lead role in partnering ExCo Directors and Senior Leadership Teams, overseeing and delivering strategic and people plans and interventions for a dedicated client group.

This includes mentoring Senior Leadership Team members on the creation and implementation of local people related transformation and change. 


As a key member of the extended HR leadership team, the role holder will also drive the ‘One CAA’ approach and the successful implementation and embedding of corporate HR initiatives


 Other Core Accountabilities include:


  • Lead on the consistent implementation and embedding of corporate people initiatives in relevant business areas
  • Work with centres of excellence to provide business insight, co-create people solutions which align to the CAA people strategy
  • Responsibility for partnering the Group Director and their leadership team, and providing coaching and mentoring on people related matters
  • Active and trusted member of group and HR leadership team providing business insights from client groups and identifying relevant solutions
  • Has a deep understanding of the group-specific business objectives and talent needs (e.g. headcount, competencies, people challenges) as well as the cross-CAA people landscape 
  • Understands resourcing challenges and advises leadership teams on a group resourcing strategy aligned to capability needs
  • Leads on the development and execution of a high impact people plan which is aligned to business plan objectives and the CAA people strategy
  • Provides insightful people related data to guide decision making and identifies ways to develop of solutions to address challenges
  • Provides business partnering to cross CAA initiatives or transformation projects aligned to the CAA people strategy 
  • Coach and mentor senior leaders to support behavioural change
  • Coach and mentor HR colleagues across the function in particular the People Consultants
  • Oversee and take the lead on talent management and succession planning for the group identifying strategies or solutions which will address any challenges  
  • Lead on supporting the leadership team in analysing colleague experience survey results and facilitating action plans 
  • Lead on organisational design and development for the group
  • Oversee implementation of change and restructuring programmes providing coaching to the People Consultant team where required  
  • May support on complex ER issues at a senior level 



About You


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills & experience;


  • Business insights: credible in debating business opportunities, passionate and curious about business, customer centric, delivers insight to inspire change through data and an appetite for solving problems 
  • Experience of leading business change and embedding corporate frameworks to drive improved people practices
  • Self-aware – understands strengths and weaknesses and how to manage them. 
  • Agile, flexible and comfortable with change.  A strategic thinker who is able to manage ambiguity 
  • Critical friend – confident in challenging leaders and able to influence to achieve win-win outcomes that balance CAA and group needs
  • Empathetic and active listener 
  • Understands team dynamics and coaches leaders to improve performance 
  • Able to flex style to different stakeholders and influence accordingly  
  • Understands org design at the strategic level and at the level of teams 
  • Curious about other organisations’ work and sharing insight within HR and the business 
  • Experience in leading the following: org design, succession planning, performance management, talent management, data analysis, and ideally experience in Employee Relations



What Can We Offer You?


As well as working within a friendly, supportive, flexible and outcome focussed HR Team, this role will provide you with a unique opportunity to be involved in strategic change and influencing at the highest level within the CAA. 



Additional Information

For many appointments within the CAA, these roles require access to operationally sensitive infrastructure and/or Nationally Protected information. For these roles the post holders must undergo National Security Vetting and achieve the appropriate level of clearance.


To be vetted we will usually expect a reasonable period of residency in the UK so that meaningful checks can be undertaken. This can either be 3 years or 5 years depending on the level required (CTC or SC). If you do not meet these requirements, we may not be able to accept your application. For more information please visit - Vetting explained - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Given the impact of Covid-19, it’s likely that you will work remotely to begin with as we plan for a return to work within the government guidelines.


Working With Us

We offer a range of excellent benefits such as flexible working arrangements, free onsite gym at Gatwick, discounted gym membership for London, 28 days annual leave, additional 5 days leave purchase scheme, a generous pension scheme and much more!

We are on a journey towards being increasingly adaptable, where our colleagues collaborate as part of cross-functional teams. This approach ensures we never stop learning together. It also means that you may become involved in activities that take you out of your day to day role, providing you with opportunities to develop and grow your career with us.

We have embraced hybrid working and offer flexible working patterns, being open to having a conversation about what works for you. We know where and when we work is important in achieving a work-life balance.

We are passionate about diversity and ensuring all are included at the CAA. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We use fair and inclusive selection approaches to hire the best person for the job based on merit alone.

As a member of the Disability Confident scheme, applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role with us will be guaranteed an interview. If you require an adjustment for any reason, please let us know.

Our Values

Do The Right Thing, Never Stop Learning, Build Collaborative Relationships, Respect Everyone – For more information please Click Here

Closing Date: 25th January 2022

Interview Date: First round interviews will be conducted W/C 31st January, followed by a second round interview, W/C 7th February 2022


Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online by video conference using Microsoft Teams.


No recruitment agencies please.

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