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HR Business Partner

at Pentland

Posted: 10/25/2018
Job Reference #: 3299

Job Description

  • LocationUK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
    Job ID
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Human Resources
    Pentland Brands

    Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation.

    We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.

    We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the global licensee for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK. We also have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear.

    All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have more than 1,400 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future.

    We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do.

    At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way:

    • Success is a team game
    • With clarity and courage
    • Better as standard
    • In good conscience

    To find out more go to or follow @pentlandbrands on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook.


    Purpose of the Role:

    An experienced HR Business Partner working in the generalist HR team accountable for the success of the talented people working across our Group Functions with a focus on our Footwear and Finance. As a strategic partner to the business, your passion for contributing to organisation success, commercial knowledge and ability to build great relationships means you make things happen.

    Reporting to the HR Director Group Functions, the HR Business Partner will work closely with functional leadership teams, as well as the Pentland HR Centres of Expertise, to identify key people and organisation levers that build capability, developing and embedding people strategies and plans that enhance performance and support business goals and initiatives.

    Key aspects of the role include, but are not limited to:


    • As a functional leadership team member, design and deliver the global functional HR people plan aligned with the strategic business goals
    • Use insights and metrics to forecast and report to the leadership team regularly to drive the people plan and agenda

    Talent and Capability

    • Accountable for the development of the global talent bench for the function, within and outside of brands, working with Centres of Expertise
    • Work with functional leads to develop and deliver an end to end approach for building functional capability beyond training
    • Review key business performance targets and their related talent implications

    Organisation Development

    • Define clear roles and accountabilities for functional and brand operating models globally, and manage the change proactively working with function, division and Centres of Expertise
    • Support the business through rapid transformational change
    • Lead the organisation’s employee engagement approach by using insights to develop solutions
    • Working with the head of function, deliver an approach to building the effectiveness of the leadership teams and enhancing performance across the wider functional area


    • Lead the senior level decision-making for day-to-day people management matters, as well as the strategic direction of the business
    • Act as a liaison between the line and HR Centres of Expertise, to ensure alignment with internal client needs
    • Proactively support the delivery of HR processes across the functional areas

    Reporting and Insights

    • Working with Centres of Expertise and HRIS team, accountable for people insights reporting, proactively identifying themes and associated actions from data to inform the HR strategy

    Pentland HR Leadership

    • Contribute with other senior HR team members in setting the overall direction for Pentland HR
    • Support specific projects as determined in the annual Pentland HR OGSM and contribute to functional and cross-functional initiatives as required

    Role Dimensions

    • Working in the group functions HR team, reporting to the HR Director
    • Direct line management of an HR Advisor to support on delivery of people plan


    What you need to have

    • Significant experience of senior broad-based HR partnering, working in commercial, fast-paced and complex organisations
    • Strategic mind-set with a demonstrated ability to interpret business goals into robust people strategies
    • Commercial focus with demonstrated ability to identify and deliver commercial outcomes
    • Experience of working in a matrix environment
    • Business orientated with strong HR analytical skills
      Experience of designing organisations
    • Experience of building leadership teams
    • Experience of supporting the business through rapid transformational change
    • Experience of delivering multiple change projects at the same time
      Evidence of strong execution against a clear plan

    What we need to see in you

    • Ability to build and maintain effective relationships across all levels of the business
    • Ability to manage a large number of stakeholders with a wide-range of needs
    • Confident, professional and articulate
    • Flexible and adaptable to partner with different areas across the business as and when required
    • A supportive and inspiring people manager who is a true team player
    • Able to bring external ideas to ensure market leading HR activity takes place
    • Proactive and pragmatic in your ability to implement business focussed people solutions
    • Comfortable with ambiguity and resilient through periods of change
    • Not afraid to challenge; ensuring the right decisions are made for our people and our business

    This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.