Transformation HR Lead

Job reference:
BAS 20/35
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (2 Years)
Starting from £38,318
We offer generous benefits
HR team
Closing date:
23 February, 2020 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a Transformation HR Lead.

What is about?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, investigating issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.

To help us do this, a significant amount of investment has been allocated over the next 10 years to:

  • Deliver a New Polar Research Vessel (RSS Sir David Attenborough)
  • Develop sustainable and efficient infrastructure in Antarctica
  • Identify future air capability for working in the polar regions

To ensure we fully realise the benefits of this investment, a programme of wider Transformation activity has been established that will see us modernise and re-shape our processes, systems and strategies, and work more effectively with our parent organisation UK Research and Innovation, and the other Research Councils under its umbrella.

We are looking for experienced, passionate and motivated individual to support us on this journey of transformation making BAS fit for the future.

Who are we?

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.


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is entering a period of significant change, both in terms of its physical and business infrastructure. This fundamental shift in the way we operate requires a fresh approach to the way we look at our people and resource management. A programme of Transformation activity has been established that will support development of a number of areas of BAS business.

This role will be required to analyse current practices and processes and to lead development of a more efficient, strategic and sustainable approach in the future.
This includes:

  • Development of a HR analytics/people data reporting approach that allows BAS to improve business performance, workforce productivity and engagement.
  • Development and modernisation of existing workforce planning strategy, including succession planning strategy to ensure future resilience
  • Analysis and review of existing recruitment practices and processes, including developing standard approaches to Job descriptions, shifting from manual to online and integrated systems
  • This role will work closely with other Transformation workstream leads to ensure alignment across all areas of the programme.


  • Complete a review of existing methods of workforce planning and recruitment practices across the organisation
  • Support mid to long term strategy development to optimise use of resources and assets.
  • Develop processes to produce data driven insights that will help BAS understand and predict workforce needs and behaviours
  • Complete job analysis to develop consistent and effective job descriptions.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders to prepare and help to integrate changes.
  • Run workshops with appropriate stakeholders to elicit and document business processes and requirements.
  • Align processes across departments.
  • Encourage collaborative solution design across IT disciplines & business departments.
  • Ensure the right technology is in place to support modernised models.
  • Work with the BAS Management Team to embed new practices.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 20/35
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 23rd February 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 12th March 2020

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. 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)

Interpersonal skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to engage positively with stakeholders at different levels - Essential


  • CIPD qualified or significant experience in a HR environment with direct involvement in recruitment services - Essential
  • A formal qualification in Business Analysis or significant experience in a business analyst role with evidence of reviewing integrated business systems - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Significant experience in change management - Essential
  • Strong time and task management skills - Essential

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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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +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.