HR Business Partner

Location: Aylesbury


Join our team as an HR Business Partner and be a part of our mission to foster a collaborative and efficient work environment. At our core, we value customer experience, automation, and resource efficiency, and we're looking for someone who shares these principles.

This is a secondment/ fixed term contract opportunity for 12 months.

About us

Buckinghamshire Council is a relatively new organisation that combines the strengths and expertise of the previous five councils in the county to create positive change for local people, communities, and businesses. We are firmly focused on the future and have made a clear commitment to serve residents better and to provide stronger representation for Buckinghamshire, both locally and nationally.  

We are a dedicated HR&OD service team committed to strategic HR delivery. Our goal is to partner with services to manage their workforce proactively and develop key people strategies that align with our People Plan. We strive for continuous improvement and excellence in service delivery.

About the role

 As an HR Business Partner, you will:

  • Provide strategic HRBP delivery, aligning the People Plan with the Directorate’s vision and strategic objectives
  • Be a key member of the HR&OD leadership team, offering insights into the Council’s pressures and priorities
  • Drive continuous improvement, adopting the AURA principles
  • Lead the development of Directorate Workforce Plans based on workforce data analysis
  • Build strong relationships with HR teams to shape, problem solve, and commission support
  • Engage with trade unions and Employee Reps to develop and maintain effective working relationships


As an ‘any-desk’ worker, you’ll need to be connected to our network to access digital folders and resources, but this can either be from home or an office location when required. You will be required to work from the office a couple of times a week, depending on your role and team requirements.

About you

We are looking for a strategic and innovative HR Business Partner who is passionate about making a difference. You will have substantial experience in managing professional HR services and a deep understanding of employment legislation and policies. Your expertise will be instrumental in driving forward continuous improvement and adopting the AURA principles of customer experience, automation, and efficient resources.

You will have good ICT skills including use of all MS Office applications. The ability to build effective working relationships with key stakeholders at all levels across the organisation.

Excellent attention to detail, verbal and written communication skills are essential. 

Other information

For further information on this role please see the attached job summary.

Closing date: 23rd July 2024

Interview date: To be confirmed

Interview-type / process: In person

If you would like to have an informal conversation about the role, please contact Roxanne Saysell: [email protected]  

This post is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare:

  • Unspent convictions and/or unspent conditional cautions only

For further information on how long it takes for convictions and conditional cautions to be spent, please refer to Nacro’s guide on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so please be advised to submit your application as early as possible.

Our values and culture

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are – Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

About the Business Unit

Resources cover a wide range of specialisms, including Human Resources, Finance, ICT and Business Operations. Our main focus is supporting the other directorates to provide the best possible service to our residents. To do that, we have to make sure we have the right people in the right roles across the organisation. From our finance teams, working strategically to ensure the best value from public money; to HR keeping our employees healthy and happy, each service is vital in making sure Buckinghamshire Council has what it needs to run effectively and efficiently.

As well as providing high quality services to other areas of the Council, you could also be helping us build on the revenue which comes from our external clients. If you are ambitious, customer-focussed and bursting with new ideas, we want to hear from you.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme to those who are eligible and have passed their probation period. In addition to the opportunity to gain membership to Costco, we have discounted gym memberships, travel discounts with Arriva and much more.