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Assistant People Partner - 12 Month Secondment/Fixed Term Contract

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you passionate about people and ready to make exciting new tracks in your career?

We are looking for a talented people professional to come and join us on a 12-month fixed term contract as our Assistant People Partner, reporting into the People Business Partner (HRBP) and supporting our Passenger Services & Commercial directorates.

Our People Business Partnering team play a vital role in coaching and guiding our people leaders as well as embedding talent and development approaches that enable the business to engage, develop and retain key talent, enabling both our people and business to thrive.

Next year marks 200 years of this wonderful industry so there has never been a better time to join us and be part of shaping the future of the railway industry.

This role is a hybrid role, with a blend of working from home, our modern Head Office near London Bridge as well as travelling our network as and when required.

Take a look at the video below to see what we achieved in 2023!:


Role Responsibility

  • Supporting the People Business Partner with the delivery of the client groups strategic people plans.
  • Provide guidance and effective challenge to people leaders in your assigned client group to ensure a best-in-class employee experience.
  • Facilitate regular talking talent & team development sessions, upskilling the people leaders in your assigned client group.
  • Work with senior managers to identify high potential (Hi-Po) talent, ensuring development plans are in place to support business continuity.
  • Support the People Business Partner with change projects and facilitating organisational design reviews.
  • Connecting with the wider people team & key stakeholders to embed the people strategy
  • Leading on our employability programme, partnering with key external stakeholders.
  • Working with your key stakeholders to identify organisational capability gaps to accelerate talent development.
  • Support the OD & People Partner with apprenticeships, leadership development and mentoring programme activities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of people initiatives and programmes and present the findings.
  • Think ‘What If’ and keep updated with industry trends and changes in the people profession
  • Analyse people data and provide insight

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to previous experience as a HR generalist or people leader, we would love you to apply if you have:

  • A passion for learning & developing others
  • Experience of supporting people change activities
  • Previous experience of partnering with senior managers, with an ability to productively challenge, influence and create brilliant working relationships
  • A customer centric approach to people partnering
  • A desire to challenge the status quo, think what if and make great things happen
  • CIPD qualified or working towards CIPD or similar qualification or experience (desirable)

Package Description

Southeastern recognises the value of every individual employee and offers benefits that reflect this.

As well as a generous salary, we offer an comprehensive benefits package which includes;

  • A Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme 
  • Free rail travel on Southeastern and GTR rail services (extends to family members for leisure/educational travel)
  • After a qualifying period, reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services
  • Up to 25 days annual leave entitlement (plus bank holidays)
  • Private healthcare
  • Access to an array of discounts for retail and leisure products through our benefits scheme.
  • Family friendly benefits including enhanced maternity/paternity leave, parental leave and carers leave.

About the Company

About Southeastern

At Southeastern, we are all about making great things happen and we are on a journey to create a better, more reliable, sustainable railway.

Did you know we are the UK’s largest commuter TOC (that’s short for train operating company) and very soon you will know all the railway lingo. We are proud to serve the South East and every day our 4,600+ colleagues play their part to create better journeys for our 400,000 daily customers. We have a strong set of values that shape the way we run our business and guide our teams in creating better journeys for our customers.

Our ways of working:

  • Think What if
  • Show you care
  • Make great things happen

We are committed to being an inclusive employer, creating a workplace where everyone can come to work, feel safe and comfortable and able to do everything to the best of their ability. Read about some of the great Diversity and Inclusion initiatives our Head of Colleague Experience has been leading on here

We recognise the positive value of diversity and it matters to us that our teams reflect the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer for Women. If you would like to know more information about how we are supporting our employees, you can view our policies and initiatives here.

We have also won the Top Employer award at the Women in Rail Awards 2022!

If you have been unsuccessful in the recruitment process for the same/similar position you will not be eligible to apply for a period of 6 months from that date.

All offers of employment are subject to us obtaining satisfactory references (covering all education, training, employment and unemployment in the preceding 5 years and any previous railway employment). We will also complete right to work in the UK and criminal record checks. This is to ensure we are employing the best person for the role and to protect our customers, colleagues and our reputation. We are unable to offer sponsorship to work in the UK. 

This post will close before the intended closing date should sufficient number of suitable applications be received. Therefore, if you are interested in applying for this role, we suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.

SOUTHEASTERN is owned by SE Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s public sector owning group, ‘DOHL.’ DOHL has responsibility for three rail companies, LNER, Northern Trains Limited and SE Trains.

SE Trains Limited

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