Skip to main content

This job has expired

People Business Partner - Haywards Heath

The National Trust
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
58,000 pa
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

Job Details

People Business Partner - Haywards Heath


We have an engaging and varied People Business Partner opportunity working with committed people and amazing places across the South East.

We’re looking for a People Business Partner to join our team in South East England. This is a senior role in the People team, supporting leaders across National Trust locations throughout Kent, Surrey and Sussex, from the White Cliffs and Chartwell to Sissinghurst, the South Downs to the Surrey Hills and Polesden Lacey with lots more in between. 

You’ll be an influential HR generalist, able to work at both strategic and operational levels and confident working in complex, matrix environments. Building strong relationships, understanding and trust you’ll be a credible coach and advisor, bringing expertise, perspective and pragmatism.   Working as part of our small regional people team and broader people directorate, collaboration and connection are key.

Salary Range: £55,000 to £58,000 depending on skills and experience.

What it's like to work here

It’s an exciting time to be joining us as we move into our new 10-year Strategy in 2025. Our London & South East Region is varied, dynamic and there is always lots going on.  We’re working to become a more inclusive and welcoming organisation for everyone, including our employees, volunteers, visitors and supporters. 

Within this role no two days are the same, one day you’ll be advising managers about structures and change management, the next you could be working with leaders to consider inclusive leadership, employee engagement, wellbeing or supporting succession development. 

The location for this role can be flexible across Kent, Surrey and Sussex based at one of our regional properties or offices and it is hybrid with approximately 3-4 days working across the region and 1-2 days working from home. 

Travel will be required in this role and our locations are pretty special when you arrive. This is a full time, 37.5 hrs a week opportunity and flexibility will be considered.

What you'll be doing

You’ll partner with a number of Assistant Directors and General Managers helping them to think strategically about their teams. You’ll support the implementation of people programmes and initiatives in the region. You’ll work collaboratively with our central People Service Centre, subject experts including our regional development and resourcing specialists as well as regional colleagues to provide solutions.  We also have a team of People Specialists who support managers with cases and day to day guidance.  

Key areas of focus for the role include, inclusion and diversity, wellbeing and engagement, resourcing, succession development and change management.

You’ll need to quickly build open, trusted relationships and work confidently with colleagues across the National Trust.  You’ll use your experience of working in a large and complex organisation to ensure plans are sustainable and deliver organisational benefits and results. Above all, we want you to play a part in developing a culture in which leaders are empowered, with the confidence and skills they need to lead their people well.

Who we're looking for

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Significant generalist Human Resources and Organisational Development experience. 
  • Proven experience of broad People Business Partnering with senior leaders on a range of issues.
  • A confident, credible and highly collaborative approach with creative problem solving and the ability to influence senior stakeholders.
  • Experience of coaching managers and leaders.
  • Experience supporting organisations enabling greater inclusion, diversity and wellbeing.
  • Experience in developing and delivering projects, with the emphasis on delivering great results.
  • The ability to work autonomously.
  • Strength in enabling and engaging people and an inclusive and collaborative approach.

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax-free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most Trust places
  • Independent financial advice

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

Company info
The National Trust

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert