Job Title: HR Business Partner – Northampton
Salary: Competitive
Job Type: Full Time

We’re looking for our next HR Business Partner. 

This is an exciting time to join us. We’re a down to earth business but how we work is special. And that’s down to our unique culture. It’s our best kept secret; it’s collaborative, fun and inclusive, where people feel part of a winning team. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. 

We have a clear HR Strategy to ‘Build a Modern and Engaged Workforce Where Everyone Can Feel at Home’. We’re also a growing HR team. Changing the way we do things as we take on the responsibilities, processes and ways of working as a new PLC HR function.

If you join us you will be responsible for leading the HR Strategy across our Distribution and Installations teams. You will also work cross functionally as part of the wider HR team to develop and deliver people initiatives that will make a difference to the experience of our colleagues and customers.

Please note, that should you be successful there is an expectation to work from our SDC site in Northampton 2-3 days a week.

Reporting into our Head of HR, OD and Talent, you will be responsible for the following;

  • Develop and deliver the HR Strategy for our Distribution and Installations leadership teams, ensuring that the strategy is aligned to the short and longer term business priorities.

  • Work in collaboration with the HR centres of excellence to ensure the delivery of an excellent HR Service and continuously improves the colleague experience.

  • Drive talent and succession routines that will deliver strong and diverse talent pipelines at all levels. Work alongside our Early Careers, Resourcing and L&D teams to ensure that the right interventions are in place to identify, develop and nurture future talent and business leaders.

  • Work with our functional directors to coach and develop brilliant leaders who continue to build a place where all of our colleagues feel at home – encouraging diversity of thought, attracting diverse talent and leading inclusive teams.

  • Be an ally for inclusion, using your role to influence and make changes to measurements, policies and practices that continue to  build an inclusive and diverse culture that allows colleagues to feel at home.

  • Use organisational design principles, effective demand planning and an understanding of future resource and capability requirements to build a workforce plan that meets the growth needs of the business area.

  • Use ER and organisational change skills to facilitate business change and work with the ER team to coach and support line managers through complex ER cases and conflict resolution

  • Work with the wider HRBP team to develop consistent HR data and insights to make relevant HR and business decisions and provide regular evaluations of the colleague experience.

What you will bring to the team;

  • Experience as a HRBP in an operational environment

  • Experience of developing and implementing a HR Strategy in partnership with functional leaders and Centres of Excellence

  • Delivering projects that deliver organisational wide changes or improvements to colleagues and customers

  • Experience in leading and executing organisational change, using organisational design principles and good ER knowledge

  • Ability to draw insight from data and reach conclusions that lead to the progress of the HR strategy or priorities

If this sounds like you, we would love to speak with you. We’ll make you feel right at home and help you make the most of your talent.

What can we offer you?

You’ll be supported with fantastic learning and development and have the opportunity to grow and develop your career with us 

We’ll also equip you with a benefits package that includes 

  • Competitive bonus

  • Save-as-you-earn scheme

  • Private Medical and Life Assurance

  • Contributory pension scheme

  • Colleague discount 

  • Discount platform including savings and cash back at numerous retailers, savings on gym membership, cycle to work scheme

Our widely recognised wellbeing strategy is something we’re proud of at Wickes. As part of this, we offer a range of health and wellbeing benefits and support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, financial education & loans, and access to parental, menopause and fertility support. 

By giving you the support you need to do well at work, and the flexibility to make life work for you. We are giving you a career that doesn’t put your life on hold. Where you can be yourself, do your best work, and make a positive difference every day.

You’ll work from our Distribution centre in Northampton, with some travel to Watford where our Support Centre is located.  We recognise the value of bringing our teams together to collaborate, support each other and build on our amazing culture.  We are also encouraging our teams to work flexibly, with a blend of remote / office working. 

About Us: 

Wickes is a multi-channel retailer operating in the home improvement market.  With 50 years in industry, Wickes now generates revenue in excess of £1.6bn across 230 stores delivered by 8,000+ colleagues.  

But it is the Wickes’ culture that is considered its best kept secret; it’s a collaborative, down to earth, fun and inclusive environment where people feel part of a winning team. All our colleagues come from different backgrounds, but what we all have in common is a determination to succeed and a passion for being the best we can be. If that sounds like you, we’ll make you feel right at home.

Please contact us here if you require any adjustments within the application process.  If you require any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage you will have an opportunity to inform us when we invite you to interview

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