People Business Partner

Unit: People Services

Salary: £41,526 to £49,553

Location: Milton Keynes

Please quote reference: 18169

Full-time, permanent

Closing date: Friday 9th April 2021 - midday


Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

This is a great time to join us at the Open University as it proudly continues to be a world leader in the provision of flexible part-time distance learning across the UK and deliver world-leading research.

The role

People Services is committed to providing The Open University with high quality people solutions and is valued for its efficiency, expertise, partnering capability and service. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a People Business Partner to join our People Services Business Partnering Team in acting as the interface between People Services and a variety of units across the University.

As a People Business Partner, you will provide high quality, business focused and strategic level advice, guidance and support to a range of management teams throughout the OU. You will help deliver a range of strategic and operational people solutions whilst advising on organisational design and development.

Skills & Experience

This role will suit you if you:

  • Possess extensive experience and knowledge in delivering HR/OD services to a wide range of stakeholders and business units.
  • Possess strong, up to date knowledge on organisational design and development.
  • Are experienced in working with talent development, reward, change, ER and performance management.
  • Have a strategical business partnering background coupled with excellent communication skills and the ability to challenge and negotiate at all levels.

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Description.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email

What you get in return

We offer a great range of benefits that support our employees and their families for the long term. Benefits include an attractive pension proposition and 33 days holiday per annum pro rata, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days.

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the OU Job’s page and following the instructions below and clicking Apply here on Changeboard.

Applications submitted via 3rd party websites will not be considered.

Access details for disabled applicants are available from the Resourcing Hub, telephone: 01908 655544, quoting the vacancy reference above.

When applying please submit the following;

  • Your CV
  • Personal statement, up to 1,000 words, you should set out in your statement why you’re interested in this role and provide examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

The above documents will need to be submitted as one attachment during the application process, please include the personal statement followed by the CV in this document.

To ensure that your file is uploaded to our system correctly, please make sure your document is saved with the following file name as appropriate to the vacancy you are applying for: People Business Partner, surname, first initial.

You will need to have your documents ready ahead of submitting the electronic application.

Click Apply here on Changeboard.

Remember to attach your CV and Personal statement as ONE DOCUMENT. 

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Closing date:  Friday 9th April 2021 - midday

We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different perspectives, ideas, knowledge and culture, and that this difference brings great strength.

Applications from candidates with protected characteristics are welcomed.

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