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Job reference: 141735
Salary: Band 7 (£43,422 - £50,506)
Job closing date: 24/03/2023
Job Type: Administrative Services
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Job posted date: 10/03/2023
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Human Resources

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Hours: Full Time 37.5 hours per week

Duration: Permanent

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.

The remit of the Workforce Directorate is wide ranging and exciting.  We not only enable NES to attract, recruit, support, train, and develop it’s own workforce, but also play a significant role in employing doctors and dentists in training across Scotland.  We also support recruitment of medical and dental trainees and other vocational groups for the whole of Scotland’s health sector. 

The role sits in the HR Function within the Workforce Directorate.

What you'll do 

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join the HR Business Partnering team as a Lead HR Business Partner. We are a friendly and supportive team, largely based across Glasgow and Edinburgh. As a Lead HR Business Partner you will be an exceptional candidate who will have responsibility for the provision of timely, responsive and effective Human Resource advice and support on complex operational issues to management teams.  You will be part of a thriving team who work at pace in supporting a wide range of stakeholders, providing high quality relationship management skills.

You will act as an enabler working in partnership with staff and trade union partners to deliver Staff Governance Standards.  We are in a period of exciting transformational change journey you will be instrumental in helping shape through our culture framework, Our Way.

In this role, the successful candidate will have opportunity to collaborate with the Associate HR Director, Head of HR and HR Senior Specialist Lead (where appropriate) in partnering, coaching and influencing the stakeholders at all levels, where required, within our organisation, and be able to work with them to deliver on strategic priorities which have significant value to the business.

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to;

Work with stakeholders to ensure an effective people plan/workforce plan is in place to support delivery of the strategic plans and business objectives.

Building and managing effective relationships across a range of stakeholders, coaching and developing managers to build confidence and capacity, and ensuring policy and procedure are applied consistently and effectively with emphasis on values and behaviours across the organisation.

Provide robust business partnering and workforce planning advice to managers and key stakeholders within a working environment of pace and change. Applicants will require to demonstrate and evidence strong management and leadership ability that drives performance and engagement across the HR team.   

Work closely with colleagues in NES and across Boards to deliver a joined-up employment and training experience for doctors and dentists in training employed by NES, contributing to the aim that NHS Scotland is the employer of choice following completion of training.

Support the delivery of transformational agenda for the business area by leading, advising and enabling the design/redesign and implementation of organisational change programmes/initiatives and working in partnership with Unions and our stakeholders to deliver on our strategy.

Support complex employee relations case work, advising on highly complex queries in relation to NHS Scotland Policies, using expertise to develop and apply policies to a range of different employment arrangements.

Provide innovative, informed, and pragmatic solutions to a variety of complex HR issues taking full account of internal policies, HR best practice, legislative practice, equality and regulatory requirements to achieve positive outcomes.

Understand and use of Metrics to inform solutions via HR Business Partnering and enable business improvement processes to take place by identifying trends, themes or key issues, putting forward recommendations for continuous improvement.

Manage the review and implementation of HR processes via the Business Support team to achieve business process improvements via optimisation of technology.

Manage, coach and develop the HR Team to measurable performance standards.

Continuous improvement across HR services – ensuring our customers receive a quality HR service that is person centred and fit for the future.

Support the Senior Specialist Lead and the Head of Human Resources to enable HR to provide an exemplar service. Provide leadership and management of the HR Team day to day activities and take decisions and be accountable for delivering the transactional aspects of HR services.

Support the implementation of wider HR projects, as required.

What you'll bring

These will include but are not restricted to;

NES is seeking a dynamic individual who can also demonstrate initiative, enthusiasm, energy and a common-sense approach to deliver a range of proactive, robust and future focussed HR services that optimise digital technology.

With a strong track record as a HR generalist, you will bring extensive transferable HR knowledge and experience. You will be able to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues in complex situations that require HR guidance, explanation and interpretation of policy and terms and conditions and will have significant experience in employee relations with the ability to work at pace using HR best practice and up to date employment legislation.

You will have the ability to build trusted relationships across a range of stakeholders and have good judgement and ability to evaluate a range of potential solutions, considering the impact for customers and risk for the organisation.

You should be able to demonstrate excellent leadership, a range of well developed communication skills with ability to influence at a senior level, and demonstrated experience of developing and delivering workforce plans. You will be experienced in constructively challenging thinking to achieve positive outcomes, coach and develop managers to build confidence and capacity, and ensure policy and procedure are applied consistently and effectively with emphasis on values and behaviours across the organisation.

The successful candidate will hold a portfolio with defined areas of responsibility to support a wide range of areas including supporting workforce planning activity and contributing to NES Workforce Plan 2022-2025.  The postholder will bring to the role a breadth of experience in using people analytics to inform business solutions, leading HR input to organisational change programmes, effective partnership working and engagement, and on going continuous professional development.

As a senior member of the Workforce Directorate you will require to have visibility and be able to manage an ambitious HR Team to be a confident, aspirational and effective service. You will be resilience in the face of change and promote a culture of high performance, learning and self-development, creating an exciting environment where everyone wants to come to work to do their best.

Candidates will be educated to degree level or equivalent, will hold equivalent postgraduate qualification or experience and will be an Associate/ Chartered member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The successful candidate can be flexibly located, however, you will need to attend the Head Office in Edinburgh when required. 

To find out more about NES, please click this link to view The NES Strategy for 2019-24: A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland as well as the link to the People and OD Strategy.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Priya Chamberlain on

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Interviews will take place in April 2023, date to be confirmed.

Closing date: 24th March 2023

Interview date: TBC via MS Teams

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment: ​​​​​​​

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