Senior HR Business Partner

Wunderman Thompson

Department: People

Location: London, United Kingdom

Who we are:

At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands. Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.

We are 20,000 strong in 90 markets around the world; our people bring together creative storytelling, diverse perspectives, inclusive thinking, and highly specialized vertical capabilities to drive growth for our clients. We offer deep expertise across the entire customer journey, including communications, commerce, consultancy, CRM, CX, data, production, and technology.

What you’ll be doing:

We are looking for a HR Business Partner to provide critical partnership to the Chief People Officer, our Department Heads and Leadership team and execute on people strategies that accelerate business objectives and enable our growth. This is a great opportunity for an experienced HR professional with generalist experience that covers the whole of the employee lifecycle. 

You'll be;

  • Managing stakeholders and developing good work relationships across the organisation
  • Working with our leaders to proactively identify organisational needs, evaluate options, develop and drive needed change initiatives
  • Building and executing processes that drive a high performance and growth culture focused on career development
  • Helping to build a competitive organisation to win clients and acquire and retain the best talent
  • Working closely with our leadership team to help line managers deal with organisational, people and change related issues
  • Providing the day-to-day performance management guidance through coaching and mentoring
  • Collaborating across various internal stakeholder groups within and outside the HR team (e.g., Talent Acquisition, Finance) to drive a seamless people strategy around the employee lifecycle
  • Using people metrics to drive key insights and decisions for talent growth and retention
  • Acting as an employment law expert and take ownership of employee relations cases and other areas where HR expertise is required such as redundancies and TUPE matters, to minimise risk to the business.
  • Ensuring that current employment law and HR best practice is embedded into all policies and business processes.
  • Continuously improving processes and ways of working using data analysis, maintaining people dashboards and reporting
  • Providing guidance on the creation and implementation of HR processes and policies
  • Proactively build external networks, within and outside of the creative sector, to build your professional and market knowledge and to bring insight and ideas back to the agency
  • Helping build and maintain a strong organsational culture, as well as continuously improving the employee experience
  • Implementing HRM interventions on employee wellness, diversity and inclusion, or talent management
  • You'll have sole ownership or some HR projects and / or responsible for the project management of HR work streams associated with business initiatives
  • Managing visa sponsorship and inter-company employee transfers, including supporting immigration requirements with the assistance of legal counsel.

Who you are:

  • You'll have previous experience working as a progressive HRBP preferably in a fast-paced, growth environment
  • You'll have experience executing (and ideally designing) change management, performance management, leadership coaching, total rewards processes
  • You'll have strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication and presentation skills, attention to detail and numerical ability
  • You'll have the ability to build relationships at all levels of the organisation
  • You'll be data-driven, decision maker and pragmatic problem solver who can find root causes of issues and gain leadership support to address them
  • You'll have experience collaborating in a matrixed environment and driving consensus and momentum amongst a large set of stakeholders
  • You value diversity and believe strongly in creating an inclusive environment

What we can offer you:

We don’t settle for people who can just do the job, we look for people that go beyond that and always push our thinking to be better than yesterday. We believe that this is what makes our agency a great place to be – a space where you’re never far away from the best minds to learn from.

We want you to be comfortable and proud every day of the week and have created an open and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. We don’t want you to just fit into our culture, we want your uniqueness and diversity of background to add to it and make this an agency where we all have a real sense of belonging and purpose. We are a community. 

Our focus is on keeping teams connected and engaged whether we're in the office or working from home, putting people’s wellbeing first, ensuring every person has access to our learning and development programme and building an inclusive workplace. We have a weekly ‘Staying Connected Calendar’ which is full to the brim of training you can get involved in, inspiration sessions hosted by external partners to check out and wellbeing classes and tips and tricks to look after your mind, body and soul. From yoga, Pilates, HIIT, hypnotherapy, a Strava cycling group, 1:1 resilience sessions and trained mental health first aiders. To name a few. Within our office we have a dedicated wellness studio and this year we built a brand new learning lab. Here we host weekly lunchtime lessons that supports iLearn, our learning & development portal home to 100s of sessions for you to access. We're also committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse workforce driven by our Inclusion Council and Employee Resource Groups; Rise, Unite, Re:think, Roots, Wellbeing and Access all Areas.

Your career development is important to us. Thrive will provide you with the framework and support needed to reach your career aspirations. There really is no shortage of opportunities here for the right person that is prepared to roll their sleeves up, get involved and collaborate with those around them to deliver the best work for our clients and our agency.

At Wunderman Thompson, we are committed to actively building a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcomed, valued and heard, and is treated with dignity and respect.  As leaders and creative partners across industries, it is our responsibility to cultivate an environment reflective of our greatest asset; our people. We believe that this commitment inspires growth and delivers equitable outcomes for everyone as well as the clients and communities we serve.

Wunderman Thompson is a WPP agency.  For more informationplease visit our website and follow Wunderman Thompson on our social channels via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.  

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