HR Business Partner

Introduction summary

Cambridge Consultants is a leading product design and development consultancy with a truly global reach. Headquartered on the Science Park in Cambridge and with offices in Boston, Singapore and Tokyo we are widely recognised for putting together multi-disciplinary teams that are passionate about our clients’ success. Our people work together to identify and develop deep technology that can shape the future. We work extensively across a wide range of sectors, and we are looking for an HR business partner to work closely with our Global HR Team and partner with our Business Unit Leader Teams across the global organisation, developing local people strategies in line with the Company and People-Team strategy, vision and goals.



This position requires high situational awareness and a strategic outlook, whilst also executing an efficient, high quality HR service, driving long-term business performance.

Depending on the strategic focus of the BUs the HRBP supports, the partnering will focus on the performance of existing organizations or helping to create new BUs for future growth.

This role will bring experience and knowledge of best practice HR to the organization, supporting the HR strategy and HR transformation projects. The role will participate/lead projects on behalf of the HR team.

This opportunity will be responsible for:

  • Delivering the people strategy for the business unit, in alignment with the central people strategy. Ensuring the business unit has effective and diverse teams that drive business performance
  • Work closely with the business and HR stakeholders to develop and deliver meaningful talent strategies, including; supporting strategic hires, onboarding, succession planning and championing Cambridge Consultants’ EDI strategy
  • Build managerial capability and confidence to ensure high performance within the business unit
  • Collaborate with the global HR team and Specialists to shape and support the deployment of high-quality HR initiatives, policies, and processes across the employee life cycle
  • Support the HR Director and Heads of, with the development and implementation of the HR strategy and HR team transformation
  • The successful candidate should have a sound understanding of HR processes and procedures to ensure a consistent service and alignment with HR Specialists and other HR Business Partners

Capabilities and Skills

  • Strategic Thinking: thinks about the bigger picture and balances short and long-term views, ensuring people plans align with the overall company vision and strategy
  • Stakeholder Management: develops a strong business understanding and uses this insight to develop effective people plans. Able to build credibility and strong relationships with multiple stakeholders and can anticipate and balance their needs. Uses feedback and data to continuously improve HR services. Able to challenge and influence appropriately
  • HR Insight: a sound understanding of employment law and best practice to proactively challenge and make recommendations for continuous improvement to enhance the HR offering
  • Can thrive in a VUCA environment: able to manage a varied and fast-paced workload, proactively mitigating risk and solving complex people challenges
  • Communicates effectively: adapts communication style for different audiences, able to bring complex people topics to life for stakeholders. Can resolve difficult and complicated situations, and able to coach and mentor team members
  • Collaborative Team Player: works collaboratively, across a range of stakeholder groups, to deliver shared objectives. Role models ‘One Team’ mentality and encourages the same in others. Consistently ensures a global view.


Qualifications, Experience & Skills


  • Degree qualified 
  • CIPD Level 7

Experience and Skills

  • Significant work experience as a strategic Senior / HR Business Partner
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong, positive relationships with internal stakeholders
  • Ability to challenge and influence to a senior level
  • Able to work collaboratively and cross-functionally
  • Experience leading and supporting change management initiatives
  • ER experience, mitigating risk and providing guidance and solutions on complex HR issues
  • Experience of developing policies, streamlining procedures & identifying areas for process/service improvement
  • Excellent communication / presentation skills, both verbal and written. Communicates and networks effectively, persuades and influences others, presents ideas confidently
  • Up to date employment law knowledge
  • Strong organisational and administration skills
  • Proactive, resilient & highly adaptable

Nice to have:

  • Experience working with highly technical customer group or in a consultancy environment
  • Global HR experience (supporting teams in the US & Asia)
  • Good understanding of Reward and EDI
  • Project management skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills would be beneficial

Future prospects

Cambridge Consultants is committed to developing its employees’ careers and has a flexible policy for individual capabilities and preferences. Promotion is linked to merit.

Diversity & Inclusion

Cambridge Consultants is a workplace where everyone is welcome. When the brightest minds come together and feel included, that’s when we develop the most important technology breakthroughs. We believe that diversity can only flourish when everyone feels involved and has a sense of belonging. We welcome and value all people regardless of their characteristics and encourage applications from all backgrounds and dimensions of society.



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