HR Business Partner (Leisure Services)

Client: London Borough of Southwark

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £40,503 - £47,736

Closing date: Sunday, 12 February 2023 23:30

London Borough of Southwark

HR Business Partner

Salary: £40,503 - £47,736

About Southwark:

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a Council, we are successful, passionate and forward thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise, which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do. If you want to make a difference at a local level, apply to Southwark Council today.

The Role: 

Can You Help Southwark Council to shape a new future for public leisure services?

In June 2023, management of the Council’s Leisure Services will transfer from the current operator back to the Council.

The new HR Business Partner role provides the opportunity to be at the centre of shaping a new future for leisure services in Southwark; to shape a new business unit ready to operate an 8 centre, 12 million pound business by June 2023. If you enjoy a challenge and can see the bigger picture whilst maintaining an eye for detail, we would like to hear from you. This role demands vision, passion and inspirational leadership to build a high performing operation.

We are looking for an ambitious and experienced HR Business Partner to provide a professional HR service to managers on all employee experience related matters including organisational change, resourcing, management of attendance, performance management, employee relations issues and general HR management interventions, to deliver business objectives.

They will also support business managers and the HR service in achieving the Council’s strategic objectives.

The Leisure Division sits within the Department of Environment and Leisure, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of parks and open spaces, trees, sports and leisure, cemeteries, youth and play, highways, roads, parking, refuse collection, street cleansing, culture and libraries. It also looks after public health, trading standards and consumer safety. The HR BP role will report into the HR Business partnering team, in the HR directorate, within the Chief Executive’s department, but with a dotted line into the Leisure In sourcing team.

About You:

- Graduate membership of the CIPD or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience.

- Evidence of continued professional development.

- Experience of large scale change management and TUPE

- Can demonstrate extensive experience of successfully supporting Directors and managers with ER and sickness case work.

- Can demonstrate ability to monitor, analyse and interpret HR MI, and maintain up to date HR records.

- Can demonstrate ability to maintain an up to date knowledge of HR best practice, trends and employment legislation and maintain knowledge.

- Can demonstrate effective writing and oral communication skills appropriate to the situation, including report writing and presentation skills.

- Can demonstrate ability to use variety of IT and digital technologies and programmes, provide data and manage organisational structures.

Additional salary details

 Benefits and More Information:

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: 12th February 2023

Interview date: Wednesday 1st March 2023 and Friday 3rd March 2023

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact our recruitment partners at Penna; Shivani Poonja on 07709 509 097 or

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.