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Head of Operational HR and Business Partnering

Swansea Bay University Health Board
Baglan, Port Talbot
£59,857 to £69,553 Per Annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We want to do things differently in Swansea Bay - Is this where you belong too?

Our Big Conversation has enabled us to really focus on what is important to our staff and our patients and, that is a strategy focused on Quality: Quality outcomes for our patients. Within Workforce & OD we are key enablers to really making this happen - to ensure we actually make a difference. This role is no different. We are looking for a Head of Business Partnering and Operational Workforce. This is a new post that will allow you to shape the agenda, with a wide portfolio focusing on Business Partnering, Job Evaluation, Operational Workforce and Trade Unions, working within the Workforce & OD function. It provides a real opportunity for someone with the right attitude and bravery to do things differently, to put people at the centre of what we do.

Not only that but you will work as part of a great team! It is a senior role within WOD. You will work with the Assistant Director to lead on a Best Practice Review, focused on ensuring great partnership working with our Trade Unions and ensuring we enable the right outcomes for our staff. Your role will be focused on helping us create the conditions for our people to do their best work.

You will be part of our journey of cultural transformation to support our workforce now and in the future. This role will be critical to enable increased effectiveness in the way we support our staff and partner our Service Groups.

Main duties of the job

This post provides the strategic lead role for the group of Business Partners working within the Service Groups. It also includes the Operational HR, Policy and Job Evaluations teams.

We are looking for someone with an engaging leadership style, highly driven and outcome/solutions focused. A brave and bold change maker who is willing to take us on our Best Practice review and to help influence effectiveness of HR practice across our organisation working in partnership with our trade unions.

You will inspire confidence through your knowledge and professional expertise of all aspects of the portfolio, demonstrating significant operational HR experience at senior level including complex case management.

You will need to demonstrate that you are credible and resilient with an ability to manage fast paced change, whilst maintaining good governance and a good sense of humour.

What matters to us is someone who demonstrates:

A real interest in what we do

Building great trusting relationships to help influence outcomes, with the ability to move between listening to, guiding and coaching others at all levels

Like to focus on the person, not a process- but uses processes to enable effective outcomes and maintain good governance

Challenge our leaders to make better decisions

Common sense - opportunities to simplify and improve

Excellent communication, influencing and presentation skills to facilitate projects and initiatives

Understand what's not important to keep us focused

About us

We believe staff are our best asset and wewant you to be happy and confident about starting your career here in Swansea Bay University Health Board.

As one of the biggest healthcare groups in the UK we can offer a wealth of professional training and development opportunities in an innovative, forward-thinking organisation.

You might be a nurse ordoctor, maybe you specialise in a health science/therapy or can offer skills in one of our support services - wehave a job for you.

There are also apprenticeships, work placementsand volunteering roles available.

We are an inclusive employer and welcome applications from everyone whatever their sex religion or belief race age sexual orientation gender identity or, whether they are pregnant or have recently been on maternity leave, married or are in a civil partnership or, whether they are disabled.

Our values - Caring For Each Other, Working Together and Always Improving, show thatour commitment to equality is at the heart of everything we do.

If you want excellent career and training opportunities while living on the doorstep of some of Europe's most spectacular scenery,with all the benefits of a thriving and cosmopolitan city - look no further.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Person Specification



  • Qualified to Master's degree level or able to demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge, skills and experience
  • Knowledge of the Workforce Business Partner model
  • Extensive specialist knowledge required over a range of disciplines e.g. Payroll Management, Financial Management, Information Systems, Research and Development and this knowledge would have been gained over a significant period of time in addition to specialist training.
  • Knowledge of MS excel in the development of workforce analysis and the use of configuration tools for data analysis
  • MCIPD qualified


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Employment Law Qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Meets all essential criteria as per attached job description/person specification

Employer details

Employer name

Swansea Bay University Health Board


SBUHB Headquarters

1 Talbot Gateway,

Baglan, Port Talbot

SA12 7BR

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