International HR Business Partner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The BBC’s International Services, as part of BBC News, are responsible for the BBC’s international-facing news activity and include the BBC World Service, BBC Monitoring and BBC Media Action.

Operating in over 40 languages, the World Service reaches a weekly global audience of 468 million people through international television, radio and digital output.

They also deliver further services to the BBC and our wider stakeholders.

These three strands all operate separately with different funding streams while working in close collaboration with colleagues across News and the wider BBC.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Senior HR Business Partner, this role will work in partnership with the wider international HR team, influencing the development of business strategy and translating it into a people plan that supports our business plans, improves business performance and supports wider HR strategy.  You will seek to identify current and future needs of the business offering a fresh perspective and approach to problem solving, and coming up with pragmatic solutions to operational needs.

Please see the attached Job Description for more information.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have experience of partnering with senior management teams in an international generalist HR role with an excellent track record for building strong professional relationships and credibility across all levels of the organisation.  You will have experience of influencing and delivering change, and applying best practice HR within a complex 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 have oversight of People-related issues for your client areas, often working in collaboration with Specialist Teams. Specifically:

1) Reward. Retain oversight of all Reward issues for your area, input into divisional reward strategy and manage and deliver divisional reward plans.
2) Employee Relations. Retain oversight of all ER matters for their area, case management, escalations and managing negotiations with local union representation.
3) Information Consultation and Engagement. Lead and deliver employee engagement activity; Cascading communications guided by internal communications strategy & materials.
4) Recruitment. Own the client area People plan; Work with clients to understand strategic resource need, to define roles, recruitment needs and have oversight of senior/specialist hires.
5) Talent. Lead and deliver divisional talent initiatives; Retain oversight of and monitoring of performance management.
6) Organisation Design and change. Retain oversight of all aspects of people and organisational change within the client area; Deliver distinct pieces of OD / change.
7) Drive compliance within our international locations ensuring local legislation is adhered to in each country

Fluency in French, is essential.

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: London or Senegal (West Africa)

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

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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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