EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

HR Partner

EMBL-EBI - European Bioinformatics Institute

Hinxton, United Kingdom

Organisation data: Human Resources
Job Number: EBI02260
Contract Type: Staff Member
Advertised Grade-Grading: Grade 6 Monthly salary starting at £3,456 + Other paid benefits and allowances based on circumstances
Contract Duration-Length of Time (years/months): 3 years (renewable upto 9 years)
Closing date: 30 June 2024

About the team/job

At EMBL, our vision is to create a more inclusive research and work culture that leverages diversity, in its broadest sense to enhance our role as a leader in the life sciences in Europe and globally.

We believe fostering and championing diversity, inclusion, and equality is not only the right thing to do, but also beneficial for our organisations function and growth. As an organisation we recognise the value of diversity, and we want to make sure that the many voices of our community are heard. Ensuring that everyone has a place to thrive means we can all ask the questions that really matter, produce innovative solutions to global challenges, and progress our careers.

Joining the Human Resources team at EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, you will have the opportunity to support scientists around the world, whose mission is to improve biodiversity in the face of climate change and make discoveries leading to improved human health. EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation, and is an Associated member of Coordinated organisations.

2024 is an exciting time for our HR team as we work to implement a new ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system across EMBL's 6 sites. Delivering modern HR practices will increase efficiencies and enable the team to focus on what matters most, our people.

As part of our team's evolution, we are looking for an experienced HR Partner to amplify our cultural & business partnering activities and footprint into the future. This opportunity would suit someone who is interested in handling a wide variety of HR matters and queries at both a strategic and operational level and is excited by contributing to shaping and implementing effective people strategies and activities within the organisation.

Your role

With an excellent understanding of the organisation, its strategy, and a very good understanding of the people challenges faced by the organisation, you will help your designated areas to create a culture and people approach and to identify people priorities to address future workforce needs.

Through providing HR guidance, analysing people metrics and trends as well as working with management to improve work relationships and productivity, you will impact all stages of the employee life cycle in our diverse and international organisation. No one day is the same and there is always something different happening but in particular, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing HR support on HR policies and practices that ensure fairness and expediency and providing partnership to the organisation to supply and deliver value added services by shaping the design and supporting the delivery of People Plans with a focus on providing and delivering what the organisation needs tactically to sustainably improve for the future;
  • Influencing and developing strong relationships with all stakeholders to proactively advise and coach managers on how the people agenda may be 'worked' to deliver success achieving high levels of trust, respect and professionalism;
  • Challenging people managers to get to the root of people and business issues and supporting them in the effective staffing of their teams ensuring inclusivity in how we develop and who we promote;
  • Bringing people expertise to develop solutions to help the organisation to deliver its strategy and being one step ahead in terms of understanding, data and insight (externally and internally) to role model HR skills and professionalism;
  • Driving a culture of high performance where talent is recognised, stretched and poor performance managed;
  • Collaborating across the HR function to develop integrated solutions and ensure execution for major people-centered projects and processes with a 'one team' approach that boost employee morale and satisfaction;
  • Acting as change agent to oversee new processes, help drive end-user adoption of HR technology, tools and solutions and to drive other change management across the organisation.

You have

  • We are looking for a proactive team player who is comfortable to engage with a wide range of audiences with a flexible, customer-focussed, and outcome-orientated approach able to excel in high-pressure situations. You are an authentic, collaborative and commercially minded professional with a healthy amount of ambition and determination;
  • As our ideal candidate, you are degree educated, have a professional qualification in Human Resource Management or completed an apprenticeship in Human Resources Management, Public/Business Administration or a related field;
  • Ideally, you have strong business partnering experience and project management, analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to use data and metrics to drive decision-making and measure program effectiveness;
  • Being passionate about innovation, you are experienced in driving employee development and contributing to a positive learning culture with facilitation & communication skills and the ability to engage and inspire diverse audiences for change and transformation;
  • You bring energy, compassion and enthusiasm to the team and will be comfortable influencing change and dealing with people at all organisational levels to assume responsibilities with results-focus and with achievement of best practice top of mind;
  • With a commitment to providing exceptional customer service, you are able to effectively communicate and collaborate cross-functionally, building strong partnerships with colleagues of different cultural backgrounds. Internal stakeholder management capability as well as coaching skills have supported you when partnering with colleagues to solve problems, seize opportunities and advance the mission across an organisation whilst being skilled at engaging through difference and valuing bringing together multiple perspectives;
  • You are a curious quick learner who constantly looks for ways to improve, a critical thinker, a systems and process extraordinaire, and a thoughtful and consistent communicator with the ability to actively listen, network and benchmark good practice;
  • Motivated to make a difference with a pro-active approach, you bring good knowledge of principles of employment legislation (be it in any national system or in intergovernmental organisations), application and compliance, current issues and thinking in HR best practice;
  • You have demonstrated experience in navigating conflict and facilitating conversations with previous exposure to the development and implementation of HR initiatives to diverse, dispersed and dynamic teams;
  • You thrive when you can contribute creative resolutions to a diverse range of complex problems whilst keeping the best interest of the organisation in mind when seeking solutions.

You might also have

Bonus points

  • Prior experience in using HRIS (Human Resources Information System);
  • Knowledge of HR processes and procedures in international organisations;
  • Exposure to and work experience in a multicultural environment, ideally in a science organisation;
  • Good knowledge of another European (such as French, German, Italian or Spanish) language.

We encourage you to apply even if you are not sure if you meet all the requirements above. We believe candidates with all kinds of backgrounds can have a lot to offer, and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Why join us

Do something meaningful

At EMBL-EBI you can apply your talent and passion to accelerate science and tackle some of humankind's greatest challenges. EMBL-EBI, part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, is a worldwide leader in the storage, analysis and dissemination of large biological datasets. We provide the global research community with access to publicly available databases and tools which are crucial for the advancement of healthcare, food security, and biodiversity.

Join a culture of innovation

We are located on the Wellcome Genome Campus, alongside other prominent research and biotech organisations, and surrounded by beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. This is a highly collaborative and inclusive community where our employees enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. We are committed to ensuring our employees feel valued, supported and empowered to reach their professional potential.

Enjoy lots of benefits

  • Financial incentives: Monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, pension scheme, death benefit, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances;
  • Flexible working arrangements, including spending 2 days per week working from the office in Hinxton;
  • Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family (including all prescriptions and generous dental & optical cover);
  • Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year, in addition to eight bank holidays;
  • Relocation package including installation grant (if required);
  • Campus life: Free shuttle bus to and from work, on-site library, subsidised on-site gym and cafeteria, casual dress code, extensive sports and social club activities (on campus and remotely);
  • Family benefits: On-site nursery, 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave, holiday clubs on campus and monthly family and child allowances;
  • Benefits for non-UK residents: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance.

For more details please see our employee benefits page.

What else you need to know

  • Contract duration: This position is a 3 year contract, renewable to a maximum of 9 years;
  • International applicants: We recruit internationally and successful candidates are offered visa exemptions. Read more on our page for international applicants;
  • Diversity and inclusion: At EMBL-EBI, we strongly believe that inclusive and diverse teams benefit from higher levels of innovation and creative thought. We encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+ and individuals from all nationalities;
  • EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here;
  • Job location: This role is based in Hinxton, near Cambridge, UK. You will be required to relocate if you are based overseas and you will receive a generous relocation package to support you;
  • How to apply: To apply please submit a cover letter and a CV through our online system.

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