About the Role
*Internally your job title would be Assistant HR Business Partner*
Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. Yet none of this would be possible without the dedication of everyone hereAs an Assistant HR Business Partneryou’ll help deliver an HR service that lets our people know how much we appreciate them. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too. 


When our people need to talk to someone about an HR issue, it’s you they’ll contact. Dedicated either to a business area (or taking control or an HR specialism), you’ll offer advice and guidance – building relationships and supporting our high-performance culture. You’ll also help identify, develop and roll-out new HR initiatives designed to improve what we do. That’s because we’re working hard to achieve ‘The Times Best 100 Companies To Work For’ status. It’s no less than our people deserve. You will also produce HR-related management information when required, which will help shape and inform managers decisions. We’ll also expect you to cross the t’s and dot the i’s so that we’re legally compliant at every employment touchpoint and able to mitigate risks. 

About You
Whether you join us in a generalist HR or HR specialist capacity, you’ll need previous experience of carrying out similar duties within an organisation such as ours. A good relationship-builder, you’re committed to outstanding customer service and eager to bring new ways of thinking to help us improve on the great work we’ve already achieved. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need
Key skills
  • We are looking for someone who has experience within a HR generalist role
  • You'll be expected to have knowledge of a broad range of employee relation and strong understanding of UK employment law
  • Experience of HR reporting, understanding and interrogating data, along with providing analysis
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proactive approach, confident to work alone and also in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to work under pressure with conflicting priorities
Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.