Operations: Human Resources
In such a diverse organisation as the British Library, it's not surprising that you'll find a variety of job roles - some of them completely unique. In HR, we make sure that every one of our people enjoys a work environment that nurtures, develops and inspires them.
We won the CBI People's Organisation and Excellence in The Public Sector awards in 2008 for the way our leadership, our vision for the future and our commitment to invest in staff enables the Library to meet the needs of the 21st century. We also picked up the HR Excellence Awards in 2008 for Best Wellbeing and Best Learning and Development Strategies.
With initiatives such as our Wellbeing Programme, we aim to give our people a healthy work-life balance. Working closely with managers in the different areas of the Library, we're increasing our business focus. And we've modernised pay and reward structures - including the introduction of a web-based discount scheme.
One of our key tasks is to ensure that our people have the skills they need and the opportunity for progression so they can achieve their potential and take the Library forward. Talent development and succession planning also enable us to address potential skills gaps and retain the best people. We're also working on our diversity agenda and developing a Corporate Social Responsibility framework for the Library.
Of course, our regular Employee Opinion Survey programme gives us plenty of feedback on how we're doing and where we need to focus our energies. It all adds up to stimulating, challenging and rewarding work at the forefront of HR
What kind of roles are in Human Resources?
Talent Development Manager
Role: Talent Development Manager
Team: HR Organisation Development
This role is all about talent management and succession planning. It's not a finite role; it varies according to the needs of both departments and individuals. So, it could involve a variety of projects, from Learning at Work week, facilitating away days and advising departments on training needs, to delivering in-house corporate training sessions, providing training support and running development centres.
The Library takes leadership development very seriously, so this role contributes to a full range of initiatives. And with so many interesting and talented people throughout the business, there's always something new to get your teeth into.
HR Business Partner
Role: HR Business Partner
Team: HR Operations
Our HR Business Partners work with specific Library departments, providing professional HR support and guidance to the relevant Director and senior team. This involves progressing the Library's strategic change agenda and ensuring all developments within the department are driving forward the Library's people strategy.
The Library has a huge change agenda, so this role is an interesting and challenging one. Implementing change involves a great deal of planning, preparation and consultation with staff and trade unions, while ensuring we're in line with HR Best Practice.
Role: HR Advisor
Team: HR Operations
Our HR Advisors support and advise managers to ensure that HR policies are properly and consistently implemented. This involves networking closely with all departments, advising and supporting on a range of issues from performance to recruitment and employment legislation to ensure our HR service focuses on business needs.
Working in a culturally diverse and supportive HR Operations team, our HR Advisors enjoy a challenging and varied workload, as well as the opportunity to gain professional HR qualifications.