HR Business Partner - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
£50,079 - £58,946
17 Jan 2020
28 Jan 2020
Full Time
Contract Type


Multi Location / Office Based in London

About the job 

The FSA is a non-ministerial department of over 1300 people, with a big vision – to drive change in the food system so that it delivers “food we can trust” - as the country prepares to leave the EU, the scale of this challenge cannot be underestimated. More than 90% of food and feed law in the UK currently comes from Europe and our primary goal is to continue to protect public health and UK consumers’ wider interest in food.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become part of our 27 strong HR team. We are a diverse and multi-disciplinary team - constantly adapting and evolving to embrace new challenges, covering Business Partnering, Talent and Professions, Capability & Development, Business and People Services, Engagement and Reward, Recruitment and Resourcing and Organisational Development.

Job description

Due to the retirement of one of our team, we are looking for an experienced and credible HR Business Partner to join us as a member of the People & Organisational Change (POC) leadership team, to work alongside three peers and partner with senior leaders and their teams. It is essential that you can take a genuine interest in the business agendas of the directorates you would support, interpreting and pragmatically deploying FSA and CS HR policy and best practice, that you can think on your feet, deliver at pace and are not fazed by juggling competing priorities.

This is a full-time role, with some travel, but you can split your week between home (or wherever you prefer to work) and the office(s) if you so choose.

If you’d like to be part of a great team who truly love what they do (and have fun doing it) then we look forward to receiving your application.

We passionately believe in equality, diversity & inclusion welcome suitably qualified applications from all backgrounds.


As someone with pride and passion for public service, you’ll recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and always work in the national interest. You’ll seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. You’ll use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. You’ll value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.


Membership of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Membership of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Up to date knowledge and experience of current and emerging employment law and best HR practice


Our candidate pack details the benefits that the FSA has to offer. 

Things you need to know 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Shortlisting sift is planned to take place between 29 January - 04 February 2020.
Interviews are planned to take place on 11 February 2020 in London.


We'll assess you against the Experience needed for the role and the following Behaviours during the interview process:

• Seeing the Big Picture
• Changing and Improving
• Making Effective Decisions
• Delivering at pace – Unseen Presentation
• Communicating and Influencing

We actively review the deployment of talent on a periodic basis in the interests of optimising personal development and the achievement of business plans.

Please note – regrettably we are unable to refund travel costs if candidates attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name :   FSA Recruitment Team Email :   Recruitment team : Email : Further information

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