HR Business Partner

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£38,000 - 41,000pa
Closing date
14 Aug 2021

Job Details

HR Business Partner

£38,000 - 41,000

London, and also remote

To deliver a high-quality HRBP service to Comic Relief, actively contributing to the development and effective implementation of the HR Strategy and broader organisational objectives. To provide a people-centric approach helping people to bring their best self to work and achieve their goals by offering customised yet scalable and impactful People solutions.                                                     

Key responsibilities:

Business Partnering

  • Work with the HR Manager to advise and lead across all areas of HR from policy and process to employee relations, talent acquisition, coaching and development.
  • Provide high quality HR expertise and advice to different teams through proactive, innovative and solutions-focused business partnering, throughout the planning and delivery of their activities and initiatives.
  • Be approachable and provide support to staff and managers during change initiatives as well as during business as usual (performance reviews, recruitment, training etc.).

Payroll & Budget

  • Collation and submission of monthly payroll data to the outsourced Payroll provider in a timely manner .
  • Ensure all events and related transactions are effectively and efficiently initiated and supported (childcare vouchers, cycle to work schemes, maternity pay).
  • Partner with Finance Business Partners to secure headcount, budget and resources alignment.
  • Answer employee queries on pay
  • Liaise with line managers to check FTCs ending dates every month.
  • Main point of contact for annual payroll audit
  • Manage the monthly pension upload.

Systems, Data and Reporting

  • General day-to-day maintenance to troubleshooting issues with access to the HR System
  • Work with external consultant to ensure improvements to HRIS
  • Create monthly reports and provide narrative on numbers

People Management

  • Proactively undertake business planning, prioritise activities and set clear and realistic objectives based on existing capacity and expertise, in order to manage workloads and maintain high engagement and wellbeing.
  • Provide balanced, constructive feedback and undertake effective performance management and appraisal to embed accountability and continuous quality improvement.
  • Supporting the professional development and growth of staff, completing and reviewing personal development plans, and ensuring compliance with mandatory training
  • Maintain regular two way communication and dialogue with staff, ensuring information is cascaded and escalated as needed.
  • Adhere to Comic Relief’s Management Standards and ensure adherence to Comic Relief policies and behaviour standards by team members.

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • CIPD qualified or studying towards a CIPD qualification.
  • Significant experience in an HR Business Partner or HR Adviser role
  • Experience in payroll management.
  • Collaborative worker able to work closely with leadership teams
  • Skilled in developing HR plans/initiatives and aligning people management practices to support business objectives
  • Curious, critical thinker and skilled in problem-solving
  • Solid knowledge of employment law and its application
  • Skilled and adaptable communicator.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in Project Management/Agile HR practices
  • Analytical/Reporting Skills: Comfort with HR data and using data to provide insights to help advise and influence business decisions.
  • Experience in Change Management Initiatives
  • Intermediate/Advanced Excel Skills

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Closing: 12:00pm, 3rd Aug 2021 BST

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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