HR Business Partner - Retail: 50% Remote Working

Job Title: HR Business Partner - Retail: 50% Remote Working
Job Reference: TL/HQ0000w1

Location: London
Job Type: Permanent

£60000 per annum, Benefits: + Benefits + 50% Remote Working
Sector: HR & Personnel

Posted 3 days ago

HR Business Partner, up to £60,000 per annum, Amazing Retail Company, London EC1 (Clerkenwell), 50% Remote Working, Permanent Role

The Role:

This company are a one of the most forward thinking and innovative UK retailers with @100 stores in the UK. Due to extra demand in the business they are now looking to hire a HR Business Partner to be based in their head office in London EC1.  This position will also come with 50% remote working and there will be some travel to retail sites however this will be a small element of the position.

The HR Business partner will work with the Area managers so the ideal candidate will have gained HR experience in a retail multi-site environment. This is a generalist HR role however a strong emphasis on Employee Relations will be needed.

Reporting to the Head of People, you’ll be responsible for partnering the retail area of the business to support with all aspects of the colleague life cycle. As a people leader you’ll be responsible for guiding and supporting our clients amazing managers to design and deliver the people agenda ensuring they continue to meet key business goals.  

The role is ideal for a HR & People professional who has previous experience working within a retail or online/digital business, someone who loves starting projects from scratch and has a flair for all things new and creative. Most importantly someone who has a passion for people!

Typical duties of the HR Business Partner will include:

Provide value added HR Advisory / Business Partnering to Regional and/or Area Managers as well as to the Centre management team which drives effectiveness and performance in line with business strategy

Building credible relationships with the Area Managers, in order to support them in achieving their people areas of their strategy

Taking responsibility for the full employee life-cycle

Conducting regular operational reviews with your partners to identify concerns, opportunities, and ensuring proactive steps are taken to address these in line with business needs

Providing cost effective business solutions to changes in employment legislation, seeking to minimise disruption to business processes and reduce operating costs wherever possible

Providing comprehensive and commercial advice on complex employee relations queries, ensuring best practice and legislative requirements are met while reducing potential risk to the business

Educating and supporting line managers in the application of company performance management procedures, ensuring results are achieved as quickly as possible and that all action is applies consistently across the business

Updating and maintaining the HR database with relevant changes

Assisting the Head of HR with general day to day HR administration

Providing information with regards to company benefits 

Skills and Experience required:

Previous HR Advisor or HR Business Partnering experience ideally gained from a retail environment

Good experience of Employee Relations

Confident and professional with a can do attitude

A great team player who is positive and personable and happy to “roll their sleeves up” when required



Trevor  Lee


Trevor Lee

Managing Director

In 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial and now nearly 15 years later the business has thankfully gone from strength to strength. Having now been in the mad world of recruitment for nearly 25 years, I've seen a massive amount of change in that time (in my early days we used to fax CV's off to a client and if you were looking for work you use to photocopy your CV and even hand-deliver it into the agency, there was no internet in the early days!!) 

The foundation of our success has always been to build the greatest relationships with both our clients and candidates, we are always super honest and try to leave the greatest impression with everyone you connect with. 

My father taught me that life is very much what you put in, put a little in and you get a little out, put a lot in, and of course, you get a lot out. This is a rule I firmly believe in and has served me well over the years. 

What can I tell you about me? Well, I have been married for nearly 25 years (my wife is extremely lucky or completely mad) and we have a beautiful son Toron who is 15 now. I also cannot function properly without a triple shot skinny wet latte first thing in the morning. If you ever catch me before this time then I apologise in advance! I go to the gym every day and I've probably been on a diet since I was born so I am very body and image-conscious. 

I am also a glass half full type so love listening to Tony Robbins motivational podcasts to give me that extra kick. I support West Ham United so I definitely need something positive as I don't get it from the team I support. I also love the good old US of A (California). I think my music taste is great (it's very eclectic) however the team in the office are always moaning about my playlists (it's them that have no taste).

Why recruitment? Well, I love people, I genuinely love to understand how people tick, and after 25 years I know I'm damn good at what we do. In this job, every day is different and I'm humbled and grateful that I have met some amazing people over the 20+ years, plus it's always lovely to change peoples lives for the better so to play a part in their journey of life is something I am truly grateful for. 

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