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HR Business Partner, Western Approach site

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “One GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

The Opportunity

Our Western Approach manufacturing facility is an International Centre Of Excellence in composite wing structure design and production. With circa. 350 staff, we manufacture composite wing spars and Fixed Trailing Edge assemblies for some of the world's most popular aircraft. Our new HR Business Partner will work with our dedicated team to support site operational goals and strategies, and to identify opportunities to increase organisational effectiveness and productivity. Reporting to the the Site HR Manager and supported by an HR Apprentice, this is a broad, generalist role which will see you get involved in areas such as recruitment, payroll queries, employment law, employee relations, benefits administration, training/people development, performance management, on-boarding, and policy implementation. Really, the whole gamut! We are a friendly team, and - while there will always be challenges - we are supportive in meeting them and are aligned in our drive to deliver the best possible outcomes for our team and therefore for the business. Come and help us make things fly!

How You'll Contribute

You will:

  • work closely with the site HR Manager in supporting our site team in relation to all HR-related matters such as payroll queries, employment law, employee relations, benefits administration, training/people development, performance management, on-boarding, and policy implementation
  • partner with site teams and the central recruitment function to support recruitment through things such as recruitment events and employee on-boarding
  • provide support, guidance and direction in matters associated to HR operations, best practice, employment law and HR strategy
  • partner with the functional leadership team to ensure a balanced, proactive and challenged approach is taken to achieve business area HR KPI’s
  • provide coaching and support to managers to increase individual HR expertise, including local and global policy, procedures, legislation and systems
  • identify opportunities for HR efficiencies and effectiveness in order for the HR function to continually improve 
  • work in a holistic manner supporting the business in its approach to the health and wellbeing of its employees
  • act as a champion and change agent ensuring practice is relevant, up to date and consistent.
  • proactively support the development and application of HR policies and procedures
  • be pivotal in supporting the continuous application of engagement strategies across the business area in order to year on year improve engagement survey results

What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • Broad HR generalist experience
  • Experience of delivering people results in a fast paced environment
  • Experience of both operational HR and partnering with stakeholders to help and advise on people-related matters
  • An understanding of working with unions
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current employment legislation


  • Qualified to at least L3 in HRM
  • Experience advising on payroll queries 
  • Experience in an HR role within a manufacturing environment
  • Good awareness of current health and safety legislation
  • Experience of working in a unionised environment


  • Flexible, possess strong communication skills (oral and written) and have the ability to deal with and influence at all levels of the organisation
  • Able to work in a results-orientated way, ability to manage own workload and deliver conflicting deadlines in a demanding and pressured environment
  • Process-focussed

What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    25 days' holiday + bank holidays
•    Opportunity to earn up to 15% bonus + Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Cycle To Work Scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 
A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute. It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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