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Location: Canary Wharf, London (United Kingdom). Office-based role with flexible, hybrid office/home working offered
Duration: Permanent
Salary: Competitive, plus benefits
Hours: 35 hours per week, full time

About the role

The HR Business Partner will serve as a strategic and key HR advisor to assigned leaders, managers and stakeholders within the Foundation in understanding current and anticipating future business needs in delivering effective HR solutions to meet these needs.

Principal accountabilities

Strategic HR leadership and change management:

  • Develop a deep comprehension of the Operation unit's vision and strategy, incorporating the HR perspective.
  • Proactively contribute to strategic planning with a focus on people impact, ensuring alignment with global business needs.
  • Lead change management initiatives to align workforce and strategies.
  • Serve as a pivotal change agent, influencing and facilitating organisational change initiatives.
  • Assess impacts, develop change management strategies and support leaders with the implementation and communication of these plans.
  • Partner with clients to gauge progress against business goals through strategic HR initiatives and performance measurements.

Operational excellence:

  • Implement and evaluate HR policies, programmes and functions that enhance organisational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Be deeply involved in the daily activities of your business areas and maintain a comprehensive understanding of all aspects related to people management.
  • Conduct optimisation exercises to ensure alignment of people, communication, processes, capabilities and technology with the organisational goals.
  • Conduct employee calibration exercises and key talent assessments.
  • Respond to and manage employee relations issues, ensuring early and appropriate resolutions.
  • Act as a local point of people expertise for specialist teams in the implementation of new people approaches.
  • Guide and consult on organisational restructure and design.
  • Partner with Talent Acquisition on resource planning for identifying synergies, gaps and scalability.
  • Collaborate closely with the Talent Development team on initiatives that support the business and people strategy.
  • Develop data, metrics and evidence to inform and drive decision-making.
  • Partner with other People Partners to close gaps across business functions.
  • Conduct succession planning to ensure leadership continuity and readiness.

Communication and collaboration:

  • Maintain effective communication with the Chief People Officer, Deputy CPO and wider HR team, updating them on change initiatives and needs within the business area.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to foster strong relationships, facilitate change and promote inter-departmental cooperation.
  • Partner with the Internal Communications team to ensure that HR messages are effectively communicated across the organisation.

Talent management and development:

  • Lead programmes including talent management, employee engagement and performance development.
  • Coach and support leaders and provide feedback in managing team dynamics and improving team engagement and productivity.
  • Work closely with Talent Acquisition and Talent Management teams to ensure strategic alignment and organisational change on staffing and developmental initiatives.

Compliance and best practices:

  • Recommend new practices to promote continuous improvements in HR services and performance.
  • Ensure understanding and adherence to jurisdictional employment law, GDPR and other compliance requirements.

Qualifications and experience

  • Proven HR Business Partnering Experience, ideally within a global setting.
  • Experience implementing HR solutions for hybrid and dispersed teams is crucial.
  • Proven track record in HR roles within accounting, financial operations, legal, regulatory, or professional services sectors required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent practical experience.
  • Professional HR certification is preferred.

Skills and attributes

  • Strategic thinker with a hands-on approach to delivery.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to plan, multi-task and effectively manage priorities in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Proven leadership and team-building skills, with an ability to persuade and influence at all levels.
  • Creative thinking: develop innovative solutions and approach challenges from various perspectives; use existing knowledge to propose enhanced ways of working.
  • Must be proactive, with a curiosity and drive for continuous improvement.

Additional requirements

  • Multilingual abilities are considered an advantage.
  • Must have the ability to handle sensitive situations with the utmost confidentiality.
  • Work conditions: may require travel and flexibility to accommodate global time zones, especially with offices in cities like Montreal, Frankfurt, Beijing, Tokyo and San Francisco.

Note: The IFRS Foundation reserves the right to alter the job description as required by organisational needs. All activities must adhere to IFRS Foundation Policies, Standard Operating Procedures and applicable national and global laws.

To apply

Please send a detailed CV/résumé to Please include the following information or your application may not be considered:

  • the job title/position you are interested in and the location of the job (in the subject line of your email); and
  • covering email/letter detailing how you meet the specified role requirements and your salary expectations.

Closing date: Ongoing

Interviews are held via video conference as part of our standard international recruitment process.

Due to the number of responses, we receive, we are unable to respond individually to each application. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date you may assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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