HR Business Partner – Policy and Projects

We are an organisation with exciting people ambitions looking to appoint a Business Partner – Policy and Change on a one year appointment, with a possible view to extension or permanency. This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference and, if you are an experienced Human Resource professional who would enjoy sharing their expertise and leadership across an emerging international Human Resource team, then we would like to hear from you.

About the role

As our HR Business Partner- Policy and Projects, your role will sit within our wider Global People and Culture Unit, and will work across a number of areas to facilitate the people agenda in support of the achievement of our strategic business plan.

You will help support the global HR team in their delivery across the full range of HR people matters and will be responsible for the overall delivery of day to day Human Resources in the UK. As well as focusing on building operational excellence, a key focus will be to lead on policy development, and to design new ways of working, which encourage purposeful integration and collaboration across our global organisation. In addition, to contributing to the delivery of a broad range of strategic projects, and leading and implementing key activities arising out of these projects.

It will also provide strategic and operational expertise and leadership in partnering, coaching and supporting UK teams in building capabilities which support and facilitate a high-performance culture in achievement of our global change ambitions. In addition to lending support to our emerging Global HR teams to enable good people management, empowering others to lead, and deliver on our strategic objectives relating to People and Culture.

The role offers a unique opportunity to play a key role in helping to build a strong Human Resource infrastructure across a range of geographies and cultures. Covering the UK and our regional country offices, this is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to have operational responsibilities in support of the organisation’s strategic ambition to put ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

About you

Having the drive and commitment to build good practices and create impact through our people strategies, you will have demonstrated operational excellence and management capabilities. Confident at building strong trusting relationships and communicating across different cultures and professions, you will have the tenacity and adaptability to make a difference.

Building global people practices that enable success, you will enjoy partnering, coaching and supporting others to enable good people management, empowering others to lead, and delivering on strategic ambitions relating to people and culture.

Critical to the success of the role will be the ability to demonstrate a drive to improve people practices and balance a range of different priorities. Passionate for the cause, you will also need to keep a calm head and be resilient when things don’t go right first time.

Why join us?

You will join a high performing team of HR professionals, all committed to making the world work better for everyone. You will experience and contribute to a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged teams, and where work life balance and agile working is valued.

Our brand-new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • Most staff in the UK are currently working from home due to coronavirus and we expect to it be this way for the next few months. It is however our normal practice to operate an agile working policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (2 days per week depending on the role).
  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays
  • Pension scheme – employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme.

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks, including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: Friday 28th January 2022

First round of interviews: second and third week of February 2022


If you would like to work with a charity with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. You can download a copy of the full recruitment pack from the top of this page. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement which describes how you meet the personal profile to