HR Business Partner – Projects

Job reference:
BAS 21/44
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
£38,969 - £49,794
We offer generous benefits
HR team
Closing date:
14 March, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR professional to work as part of a flexible HR Business Partnering team.

You will work across different areas of the organisation to provide support to multiple stakeholders, balancing competing demands and priorities, and drawing on the support from the Head of HR as required.
Through establishing and maintaining successful business relationships, you will work to support the achievement of BAS objectives by initiating and delivering effective people focused HR solutions for the areas within your responsibility.
A key function of the role is to develop the skill and capacity of managers to empower them to manage people issues effectively and independently.

We are looking for an individual who has a sound track record of delivering high quality HR services within the business partnership model, in an a scientific and academic sector. Your robust judgement and business focus will be complemented by impressive relationship management skills to enable you to deliver effective people solutions. You enjoy working to tight deadlines, in a changing environment, and meet challenges with a flexible and enthusiastic approach.
You will be educated at degree Level, with a minimum Associate CIPD accreditation or equivalent experience and up to date knowledge of employment law and will have excellent IT skills.

Who we are
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 keep the 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 one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Mariella Giancola, Head of Human Resources.


Responsible for providing strategic advice and effective operational leadership and management to ensure maintenance of a high-quality service and to ensure effective delivery of operational HR activity for BAS. Provide professional guidance and support for managers and staff, including employee relations casework and support for HR projects.


Educated at degree Level, with a minimum Associate CIPD accreditation or equivalent experience.


  • Support the Head of HR to ensure that the HR aspects are coordinated, managed and administered to a high standard of effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Within the agreed policies and practices, provide professional advice, guidance and support to senior staff and managers on complex people management issues, all aspects of HR operations including recruitment and retention, staff benefits, staff performance and development and specific casework. Ensure that all HR actions are planned and undertaken in a manner that minimises organisational exposure and financial risk.
  • Lead or support on a range of HR-related projects as agreed with the Head of HR and the Director of Corporate Services including Job Evaluation and Workforce planning
  • Represent BAS’s interests on working groups including cross-UKRI groups and others as required influencing decisions using personal knowledge and expertise. Act as the conduit between the groups and BAS, actively sharing knowledge.

Please quote reference: BAS 21/44
Publication date: 10 February 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 14 March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 25 March 2021

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job and will provide necessary adaptations for the interview. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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

Computer / IT skills

  • Confident user of the MS Office package. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to present information (written or verbal), to persuade, influence, counsel, support or challenge people at all levels, often in sensitive circumstances and to treat relevant information confidentially. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to manage, mentor and successfully support staff to build high-achieving teams. - Essential
  • Successful track record of effectively managing complex projects. - Essential
  • A proven track record of team-focused behaviour and a team player approach. - Essential
  • Previous experience in mentoring and developing staff. - Desirable [1]

Other Factors

  • A self-motivated, results-focused, proactive, positive and flexible approach to getting the job done effectively and in a timely fashion, often under pressure, and with a real flair for customer care. - Essential
  • Ability to work positively with change. - Essential
  • Personal resilience. - Essential
  • Good understanding of BAS, RCUKRI and UK SBS HR policies and processes - Desirable [1]


  • Vocational qualifications in areas such as Job Evaluation and Coaching. - Desirable [3]
  • Educated at degree Level, with a minimum Associate CIPD accreditation or equivalent experience - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Positive and successful experience of working in an HR Business Partner or similar role, in a diverse and demanding environment. - Essential
  • Good all round knowledge of UK Employment law and HR best practice. - Essential
  • Project Management skills and have experience of managing a project. - Essential
  • Past experience in a partnering role in a scientific/academic environment. - Desirable [1]
  • Ability to devise and deliver training. - Desirable [1]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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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.