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Salary: Circa £ 50,000 per annum dependent on experience plus excellent benefits
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Mon - Fri
Location: The Base, Crawley, West Sussex
Closing date: Sunday 19 January 2020

*We are looking for someone who is immediately available or with 1 month notice or less*

Many of our staff at Virgin work flexibly and in many different ways, including part-time, different core hours or remote working. Please talk to us at your application or interview stage about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we are happy to explore what’s possible for the role.


In a nutshell

The successful candidate will act as a strategic partner and adviser to a number of the Senior Manager and Leadership Teams across Operations and their direct reports. You’ll develop and implement appropriate people strategies and organisational structures in order to achieve the respective divisional corporate objectives.

Additionally, this role will involve delivery of complex projects and HR initiatives


Day to day

Work as a strategic partner to many of the VPs and Senior Managers across Operations and their direct reports to assess the needs of the divisional area and drive the People Plan, in line with the People Strategy and divisional objectives.

Drive influence, advise and support the cultural and people aspects of organisational change, structure, people process and business improvement initiatives, to improve organisational effectiveness and efficiency.

Provide HR technical expertise and advice in the moment and challenge and influence where appropriate to ensure the best plans and solutions are implemented for the benefits of the company, customer and employee.

Build and maintain excellent stakeholder relationships across all levels of the organisation based on trust, respect and mutual understanding.

Develop and deliver robust people strategies that drive increased happiness and retain and develop our Talent.

Challenge ROI on any organisational changes and contribute to the development of flexible and innovative business and people solutions.

Coach leaders to lead change effectively and enable the business to achieve efficient and effective structures.

Lead and project manage key people initiatives and change programmes that benefit the organisation and are successfully implemented to agreed timeline and budget.


About you

You’ll be educated to degree/MA level /CIPD or equivalent and have strong commercial awareness and HR technical expertise in all disciplines (ER, Talent, Recruitment, Reward). You'll have significant depth and breadth of working as a strategic HR Business Partner within a large and complex organisation, with a proven track record of influencing senior stakeholders.

You’ll have the capability to understand complex business functions quickly and to diagnose the needs rather than the wants to deliver appropriate People plans. Possessing a high level of drive and work with pace and resilience, you will respond quickly in often challenging situations to offer expert and appropriate advice in the moment. Additionally, you will have excellent communication skills with proven experience of coaching senior leaders (Vice Presidents and Head ofs) including leadership capability.

With the ability to lead by example in challenging situations you’ll think objectively and strategically to build organisational effectiveness. If you also have excellent organisational and prioritisation skills with proven experience of managing and implementing complex projects and strategic change initiatives, we would love to hear from you.

You must be available to start in the role at short notice.The perks

We recognise the value you add to our dynamic company. That's why we give our people the rewards that they deserve. We have a whole host of benefits to help you enjoy life to the full, including up to seven flights a year to a wide range of fabulous Virgin Atlantic destinations. Of course, you can also take advantage of discounts on our amazing Virgin Holidays hotels. We also offer a competitive benefits package including pension and private medical schemes and life assurance. You can even self-select what’s important to you through our benefits portal. We appreciate that life is busy, so when operationally possible, remote working is available.

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Virgin Atlantic and Virgin holidays are committed equal opportunities employers and positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible applicants regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy and maternity. Diversity brings strength which is why we strive to provide an inclusive environment where individuality is celebrated, and we can unleash the potential of our forward-thinking mix of people.

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