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HR Business Partner International & Special Projects

HR Business Partnering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £44,263 to £56,021 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for two years with possibility of extension
Closing Date:  Friday 26 July 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2794724DD

The University of Southampton is a leading research-intensive University, a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, and sits within the top 1% of universities worldwide.   

Our people are our University: they are at the heart of everything we do and the impact we make on a local to global scale.  With greater diversity and inclusivity to reflect society, we enable our education, research and enterprise to transform the communities we serve. Diversity is a strength, it makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. 

The role

We are seeking a talented Human Resources professional to join our credible and established team who will lead the HR support to the University in growing its Transnational Education (TNE) activity overseas. In addition to this, the role will also lead the HR support on some University wide projects.

Key responsibilities 

  • The provision of specialist international advice
  • Play a role in the development of a staff Global Mobility policy and any associated TNE specific HR procedures or guidance.
  • Work with HR and other colleagues to ensure that processes around the employment of non-UK staff are integrated aligned with the UK.
  • To play a lead role in fostering an inclusive environment.
  • To lead the HR contribution towards the some University wide projects

What we’re looking for 

  • Experienced HR professional, with a focus on international HR management.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnering with senior leadership and managing cross-cultural teams.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with project management approaches
  • Able to undertake periodic international travel including long haul flights
  • It would also be advantageous to have an understanding of, international compensation and benefits, tax, social security and immigration practices and cultural integration
  • As the successful candidate you will share our values. (Our values | University Strategy | University of Southampton

If you require further information please contact Sarah Flynn, Head of HR Business Partnering on

What we can offer you

As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. We welcome applications from candidates who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We especially welcome applications from people who identify with one or more of the following: a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background; who have come from a lower socio-economic background; LGBTQ+; or having a disability - as these identities are currently underrepresented in our community. 

Based at our lively Highfield campus, you will have access to our sports complex, and lots of social and green spaces. Committed to supporting our staff, we are open to a flexible working approach with a mix of home and office working.  We consider applicants that wish to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break. 

As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance (44 days including bank holidays and closure days), we will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)*, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. All our benefits can be viewed here

To apply, please complete an online application and attach your CV and a cover letter (no more than 500 words) detailing how your skills and experience match the skills required for the role.

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We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who support our mission of inclusivity.

Apply by 11.59 pm GMT on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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