HR Business Partner (Group Services)

HR Business Partner (Group Services)

Hybrid working – Spalding 3 days and Home 2 days.

Competitive Salary

Up to 10% Bonus

Private Healthcare
25 days holiday + 8 days BH
Highly competitive rewards package including Group Pension

Excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group
We’re proud to be able to offer careers with real scope for development. To reward your hard work and ambition, as a talented HR Business Partner, you will be given support and opportunities to empower you to drive your own success - creating a career you can be proud of.

We're the biggest name you've never heard of. You've probably eaten our food- you just didn't realise it. Because as global leaders in the fresh prepared food industry with over 19,000 employees, we create innovative products, including meals, soups, dips, salads, desserts, pizzas and bread for customers including Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury's and Waitrose in the UK. Our customers include Harris Teeter and Home Chef in the US, and in China, we make food for Starbucks, Yum! and Pret. We're ambitious. We're full of ideas. And we're ready for more people who share our passion for quality to join us.

The Role.

A fantastic opportunity for a HR Business Partner to partner with our Group Services functions. You will provide generalist HR services to a client group of over 800 colleagues in 10 functions, based all over the Bakkavor estate in a matrix structure.


This role is essential in supporting the organisation through complex and changing business landscapes. We are looking for someone who can go above the standard delivery of transactional services, someone who can get a much deeper and broader understanding of the business functions. You will have the ability to work alongside all levels of management and be able to positively influence the organisation at both a strategic and tactical level.


  • Ensure all HR policies and processes are understood and complied with, managers receive appropriate coaching in line with Bakkavor standards and employment legislation. Provide insight and recommendations to Senior HRBP to resolve root cause of ER issues and drive cultural improvements. 
  • Support the engagement agenda by completing all admin and coordination of the employee engagement survey activities and supporting the functional engagement plans following up on delivery of actions.  In addition, administering other engagement initiatives including Loyal Service Awards and recognition schemes.
  • Manage the Right to Work process for the BU ensuring all employees have the correct documentation, including re-checks, online checks, sending letters to individuals to confirm actions required, and escalation of any potential risk to the SHRBP.
  • Support Line Managers on the performance management cycle ensuring all reviews are completed, PDPs are live and action plans are in place where improvement is required.  Develop line managers through coaching to ensure they understand the importance of quality conversations with their teams and have the skills to conduct them.
  • Deliver local OD initiatives ensuring outcomes meet needs of the business and employment legislation.
  • Coach and support line managers on absence, disciplinary and grievance issues and ensure managers have the appropriate skills to manage these people processes.
  • Provide insight to the SHRBP and Line Managers on root causes of business unit people issues and make recommendations to improve.
  • Report on KPIs for area of responsibility and agree actions to drive improvements with line managers and the SHRBP.
  • An active member of the SEF supporting the SEF agenda to deliver their engagement activities as required and ensuring that the employee voice is represented.
  • Champion MyHR for the business unit and ensure the use of both systems is maximised and colleagues are adequately trained and using self-service for the changes and requests whilst liaising with shared service functions to resolve issues and escalate accordingly.


About You.


  • CIPD Level 5 or be willing to work towards this.
  • Proven ability to build relationships, influence and coach partners, and challenge effectively.
  • Able to work to strict timescales in a busy environment demonstrating resilience.
  • Strong systems skills (including Microsoft office) with the and ability to coach others to use them.
  • Demonstrable understanding of business priorities and challenges, and the role HR plays in driving this whilst keeping up to date with current trends and issues.
  • Proactive and pragmatic approach with the ability to move matters forward and resolve issues.
  • Results driven with excellent time management and prioritisation skills and the ability to see tasks through to completion.
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to handle detail and to analyse data.
  • Ability to communicate clearly in a variety of formats and adjust style to suit the audience.
  • Courage to ask questions, introduce new ideas and question ways of working.
  • Ability to act with integrity, be an ambassador for the Bakkavor values and to champion an inclusive culture.


What you can expect from us.


When joining us you can expect a highly competitive rewards package including group pension, bonus, private medical insurance, and other flexible benefits - alongside excellent career progression prospects across the Bakkavor group.


Proud to be Bakkavor.


We’re proud to be the leading UK provider of innovative, high-quality, fresh prepared food. We’re proud to be driven by the hard work and passion of our people. And we’re proud to offer a wide range of careers full of support and opportunity. Join our team and we’ll make you proud too.




Bakkavor is the leading provider of fresh prepared food in the UK, with a growing international presence in the US and China. We are number one in the UK in the four product categories of meals, salads, desserts and pizza & bread, providing high-quality, fresh, healthy and convenient food. Our customers include every major UK grocery retailer, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, and some of the world’s best-known food brands. We have over 19,000 employees, our headquarters are in London and we have 23 factories in the UK, 5 in the US and 9 in China.


Category:  Human Resources

Spalding, GB

Date:  26 May 2023
Req ID:  14650