HR Business Partner Editorial & FT Specialist – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

Posted: 19 Jan 2022
Location: London (FT)
Closes: 19 Feb 2022
Reference: JR008256


About Us

Across the FT Group, our people are united by a mission to deliver world-class information, news and services to our global audiences. We’re a digital-first organisation made up of journalists, technologists, product managers, event planners, strategists, commercial and finance experts, marketing and communications specialists – and much more. Our strength is in our employees.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

At the FT, we aim for employees across all regions to have a voice so that diverse perspectives are heard and valued. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs. We’ll continue to remove barriers for all, and in particular barriers facing employees from underrepresented groups.


The Role / Position Overview

Reporting to the Global HR Director, the role holder will be responsible for business partnering with leadership teams in Editorial, FT Specialist, Finance & Communications and will be proactive in co-creating and implementing our people strategy and objectives supporting the delivery of FT’s business strategy.  It will suit an HR Business Partner who is used to working with and navigating the dynamics of a highly creative and independent workforce with good humour and heart.  

Key Responsibilities

  • As a member of the HR leadership team participating & contributing to the development and execution of the FT’s people strategy

  • Proactively working with the managing editor’s office and editorial leadership teams to support their diversity & inclusion plans, talent retention, succession and engagement strategies, mergers and acquisitions, compensation and benefits, employee relations and other queries as required

  • Develop strong and trusted partnerships with business leaders and managers providing thought leadership, challenge as well as commercially-minded and pragmatic, solutions-focused coaching and advice

  • Handle escalated / senior manager level employee relations matters

  • Support regular union consultation meetings, including annual pay negotiations

  • Partner with  centres of expertise including talent acquisition, learning & talent, global mobility, and the HR services team to design and execute appropriate people solutions

  • Work with the HRIS team to report on and analyse key HR metrics for the functions which will provide insights and trends to help inform and address challenges and spot opportunities

  • Proactively build external networks, within and outside of the media sector to build your professional and market knowledge and to bring insight and ideas back to the FT.

Required Skills / Experience 

  • A natural ability to build credible, strong and long lasting relationships with diverse stakeholders with heart and good humour

  • Ability to apply good judgement to situations rather than HR policing

  • Effective influencing skills, bravery to appropriately challenge the status quo 

  • Proven ability to think strategically, to see the bigger picture and operate at a global level yet act operationally and locally to transform wider people strategies into action

  • Digital and technological savviness

  • Collaborative and inclusive approach

  • Bias for action – a track record of delivering results

  • Positive “can-do” attitude – not being precious but instead rolling up sleeves to deliver what the business needs

  • Strong employee relations experience

  • Demonstrable evidence of keeping abreast of industry, competitor and sector changes

Desirable to the role would also be:

  • Experience working within a media company

  • Experience of working within an international environment

  • Experience of working within a unionised environment (or dealing with the dynamics of).

What’s in it for you? Our Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 


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