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People & Culture Business Partner

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

People & Culture Business Partner

  • NE03270
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About us

We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The role

As a member of the People & Culture Global Functions Business Partner team, the role holder provides Business Partnering support to a allocated function/group of functions or part of a function, and will help to define,  develop and execute the People and Culture agenda and plan for their own areas of responsibility.  They will also play their part in the wider People & Culture agenda and support their BP colleagues.

Global Functions includes: CFO (Finance, IT, Group General Counsel); GCO (NGP, Innovation, Insights, Marketing & Portfolio, Group Science & Regulatory Affairs); Group Strategy & Corporate Development & Transformation;  People & Culture (COEs, Group Communications, BP teams, ESG, HR Operations); Governance and Security.

The Business Partner has a deep understanding of their business area to provide expert advice and challenge in order to align the needs of the business and the delivery of the Function people priorities and plan. Acts as an internal consultant by coaching, challenging and influencing the Functional leaders and People Leaders and Managers in order to align the needs of the business and the delivery of the function's business priorities and people plan. 

Working with Head of P&C, the role will be responsible for managing, cascading and monitoring all Global processes e.g. Year end salary review and bonus processes, talent management, employee engagement survey, as well as succession planning.

The role holder will be the ambassador of the Company values and will play a key role in the implementation of the People and Culture mission and strategy. 

The Head of People & Culture is a member of the Functional leadership Teams of the areas they support.  They have a deep understanding of the business area and is able to act as an internal consultant by coaching, challenging and influencing the Functional leaders in order to align the needs of the business and the delivery of the function's business priorities and people plan.


Working closely with the P&C Director - Global Functions, and Head of P&C for their area the role will be responsible for  helping to drive our strategic talent priorities, organisation effectiveness and change management activities.


Key accountabilities

  • Partnering with employees and people leaders, to implement a People and Culture agenda that is fully aligned to Imperial Brands’ strategic goals and long term business plan
  • Attend stakeholders team meetings and builds rapport with their key stakeholders to influence and support
  • Briefs, Facilitates and Manages all People and Culture processes which are linked to performance management (e.g. EOY review, including Data validation), talent & succession planning as well as learning& development. Ensure that all processes are cascaded, communicated and executed appropriately and on time
  • Ensuring implementation of and compliancy with global policies, processes and governance standards across all people processes with appropriate and agreed (by CoEs) configuration to local business needs and best practice in implementation of the workforce plan.
  • Improving People and Culture area effectiveness and efficiency due to best practice sharing and regular communication
  • Manage IME moves and International transfers
  • Reward: Engage with Reward COE to ensure roles are benchmarked, and reward proposals are informed and aligned with company policy. Discuss proposals with hiring managers to arrive at agreed package changes / offers and within budget
  • Recruitment: Liaise with Resourcing team and partner with people leaders in defining requirements, agreeing with resourcing team the best approach, briefing Search agencies/resourcing team, participate in selection process as required (interviews/assessments etc). Participate in candidate assessment and offer decisions.
  • Drive the People and Culture Transformation agenda for the area of responsibility
  • Providing guidance to the business on workforce planning to achieve operating model and cost initiatives.
  • Works closely with People Leaders to prepare annual budgets (i.e.: training budget)
  • Works closely with the People and Culture Advisors and HR Ops Team to ensure processes and policies are always up to date and followed accordingly
  • Coaches and advises people leaders on the best approach for salary increases and promotions in their teams (in budget)

Skills & Experience


  • 3 years’ experience Global remit HR in multinational FMCG company
  • A relevant University/Bachelor Degree
  • HR generalist profile
  • Effective at driving and implementing processes
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) as well as strong negotiation, influencing and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to learn quickly, acquire new skills and solve problems with a solution orientated approach
  • Willingness to travel according to business needs
  • Proven under pressure delivery
  • Analytical skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Fluency in English (both written and verbal)
  • ‘Can do’ attitude


  • Certification/Professional Qualification in HR Management are preferable


What we offer

Imperial Brands offer a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays) and hybrid work.

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

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