HR Business Partner

Salary Competitive DOE + Benefits
Discipline People
Contact NameOliver Stockdale

N Brown – who we are and why work for us? 

 At N Brown, we’re committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment that values equality for all. Our vision is that by ‘championing inclusion, we’ll become the most loved and trusted fashion retailer’. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are, therefore, at the heart of our culture.

We’re a forward-thinking digital retailer with a financial services proposition to be proud of. We’re customer-obsessed, serving them through three core brands: JD Williams, Simply Be, and Jacamo. We’re experienced, with over 160 years of trading under our belt. We’re inclusive, as we believe in fashion without boundaries; and we’re sustainable, striving to make as little impact on the planet as possible.


The role 

We are looking for a People Business Partner to join our agile people team. In this role you will work closely with our Head of Business Partnering, empowering your squad to execute an inclusive, proactive, and commercial people plan aligned to the group strategy. You will be significant in leading key pieces of work whilst coordinating your squad to deliver the run actions to enhance the colleague journey. If you are motivated by pace, lead with empathy, and comfortable with ambiguity, we welcome your application to join our team.


What’s in it for you? 

  • 24 days holiday (+ 8 bank holidays) with the option to buy an additional 10 days

  • Annual bonus scheme

  • Enhanced maternity and adoption leave

  • Access to Apricity, a self-funding IVF benefit at a reduced rate

  • Company pension with up to 8% N Brown contribution

  • Mental Health support both internally and externally, including access to our wellbeing champions and counselling services

  • A range of financial wellbeing support

  • Colleague discount across all N Brown brands

  • Onsite café with subsidised rates and local restaurant discounts!

  • Life Assurance and Private Medical Insurance

  • Paid volunteer time – all our colleagues can take a full day paid to volunteer for a charity of their choice

What will you do as a People Business Partner at N Brown?  

  • Building and maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders, leaders, and the People Team.

  • Provide insight to evolve our people strategy, and develop and deliver your people plan.

  • Act as lead for your people squad, coordinating talent, employee relations, and communications, to deliver run activities to enhance the colleague experience.

  • Use data to inform and support the implementation of people-focused initiatives and effectiveness, providing valuable insight to leaders.

  • Act as a facilitator and champion for change, enabling business growth and transformation aligned with our vision, mission, and purpose.

  • Maintain compliance with all people-related reporting requirements, both internally and externally.

  • Developing and updating HR policies to reflect current laws and best practices, continually seeking new ideas to improve the employee experience.

  • Providing expert advice on a range of people matters and support leaders in routine and complex employee relations.

  • Be a point of contact for the wider People Team to share best practice and support with guidance and advice.

What skills and experience will you have? 

  • You should be CIPD qualified and possess prior HR experience at a Senior HR Advisor/HR Consultant level.

  • The role requires both team collaboration and the ability to work autonomously.

  • You must have exceptional planning skills, attention to detail and a consultative approach, backed by project management experience.

  • Your analytical and problem-solving abilities should be complemented by adept reporting skills.

  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence decision-makers.

  • The capacity to provide advice consistent with legal standards, Company policies, and best practices.

  • Experience in developing people policies and staying current with employment law is essential.

  • Effective communication skills are a must, with the ability to articulate ideas clearly at all organizational levels.

Our promise to you: 

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

What happens when you apply to a role at N Brown?

As soon as we receive your application, we’ll send you an email to let you know. We always aim to come back to you as soon as possible with an update and we really appreciate you taking the time to apply for a role with us. Good luck!