HR Business Partner - BBC World Service

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Job Introduction

BBC News is a division of c7000 employees including Network News, World Service Languages, World Service English, Global News Limited, BBC Monitoring and Media Action.

We are looking for an experienced HR Business Partner on a 12-month FTC to support part of World Service Languages, providing strong HR advice and guidance to the area, and embedding the people plan successfully.  World Service Languages is structured into 5 regions – Africa, Americas and Europe, Near East and Arabic plus Central Services where the Planning and Deployments, TV unit and Digital hub sit.  There are 41 Language Services that provide original and impactful multiplatform content for people around the world. Our staff are based both in the UK and internationally, this role support UK teams but will closely with the International HR Team.

Role Responsibility

In this role you'll partner with senior management teams, providing expert HR knowledge and insight to support effective strategic and operational decision making.  You'll work in partnership with the HR Director and the wider HR team, influencing the development of business strategy and translating it into a people plan that improves business performance and supports sensitive or high profile HR issues.

Your areas of specialism will include:

  • Organisational Design
  • Leadership Development
  • Employee Relations
  • Reward

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be an experience HR Business Partner who has partnered Business Leaders, has a strong delivery track record and an ability to build strong professional relationships and credibility across all levels of the organisation, with both internal stakeholders as well as our unions. 

You will have experience of applying best practice Generalist HR within a complex and changing business environment.  In addition, you will have experience of successfully leading a range of business enhancing projects in support of a wider HR strategy.  You will be happy to roll up your sleeves too, whether it’s completing governance, ensuring our data is right, or explaining that process to a manager one more time!  

If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you!

Package Description

Band: E 
Contract type: 12-month FTC/Attachment
Location: London, Wogan House

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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