HR Business Analyst

Job reference:
BAS 21/132
Contract type:
Open-Ended Assignment
£39,748 to £50,790 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge- a combination of home and office working arrangements.
Closing date:
24 October, 2021 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey are looking for a HR Buisness Analyst

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic,work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams, and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


The postholder will play an integral role in:

• The delivery of project activity associated with major business change programmes.
• Ensuring the management, analysis and communication of key people data and management information.


Degree level or equivalent experience.


Project support
• Carrying out a process mapping exercise identifying key steps of the employee life cycle.
• Recommending prioritisation of areas for process improvement and overall schedule and devise detailed project plans to implement changes.
• Owning the project plan and ensuring key milestones are identified and communicated to key stakeholders.
• Working with the HR and Transformation Partners and project team to ensure the delivery of key project milestones on time and within budget, resource and detailed project plans and to manage relationships with key stakeholders.
• Applying appropriate change management techniques to help ensure change is embedded.

Analysis, Reporting and Documentation
• Source, understand, interrogate and analyse internal and external data sets with a view to answering strategically important questions and building knowledge about BAS and its place within the scientific community.
• Identify and use appropriate methods of presenting key people data and information to ensure clear communication of facts, trends and anomalies to the HR colleagues and other stakeholders.
• Provide expert guidance and support for annual business processes and major exercises such as REF, the Athena Swan accreditation and any other EDI data driven reviews.
• Develop and maintain metrics to monitor progress with the delivery of BAS People Strategy.
• Tracking and monitoring progress and escalating business risks where appropriate.
• Collaboratively working with other parts of BAS to identify dependencies and report back to key stakeholders.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/132
Publication date: 05 October 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 24 October 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 12 November 2021

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the EmployersNetwork for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Communicates challenges and influences a variety of stakeholders effectively. - Essential
  • Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. - Essential
  • Is able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change. - Essential
  • Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • An expert in relevant office software most notably Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. - Essential
  • Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for decision making and problem-solving. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Role models BAS values and behaviours. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Strong time and task management. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Data savvy and able to analyse, interpret and report back key themes and make recommendations. - Essential


  • Degree level or equivalent experience. - Essential
  • CIPD membership. - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • Practical understanding and experience of key HR processes and practices. - Essential
  • A background in project management with a keen understanding of best practice. - Essential
  • Experience of major business change programmes in large and complex organisations. - Essential
  • Experience in process mapping and improvement, data management, analysis and presentation - Essential
  • Experience in interpreting concepts and clearly presenting back in PowerPoint or report format. - Essential

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

[email protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.