People Business Partner – Biggleswade & Bardney

An exciting opportunity to join our People team!

What’s it all about?

Are you driven, up for a challenge and prepared to give it your all? We have three brilliant brands, great people, and a culture which enables people to be at their best.

As People Business Partner, you will support stakeholders including the Site General Managers at 2 sites, providing a proactive approach for the successful delivery of the long-term JDR people strategy and agenda.
In addition to leading on the delivery of projects and initiatives, you will work with the People team at each site to manage the employee lifecycle providing guidance on all areas including resourcing, engagement, talent, succession, and development.


What will you be doing?

Success in this role comes from three core areas:

Proactive Partnering:

  • To be a trusted partner and coach to stakeholders.
  • Continuously improve leadership capability by challenging, influencing and supporting teams in a way that increases knowledge, understanding and ability to lead people more effectively.
  • To provide support, coaching and training to commercial line managers in the recruitment, selection and onboarding process.
  • To provide support to line managers with employee relations activities including performance management.
  • Support people managers and leaders to assess and maximise organisational effectiveness.

Delivery of the employee Lifecyle:

  • Work collaboratively with people managers and our HR process team to deliver high quality employee lifecycle management.
  • To have a good understanding and ensure adherence to UK and relevant International employment and Tax law.
  • Contribute to and create process and policies where needed.
  • Support the usage of our HR System – SAP Success Factors.
  • Support in delivering cyclical people initiatives e.g. annual pay review process, talent review and planning.

CI Project Delivery:

  • Lead and support the delivery of projects and initiatives assigned in order to continuously improve and build upon our existing people plan and processes. Initiatives will span across engagement, talent, Inclusion and Diversity, reward and organisational development.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement and drive action to make these happen.


The right person

Integrity, Passion for Results, Superior Quality, Initiative, Recognition & Teamwork

What does "great" look like?

Great Judgement
  • To be curious about the business and the commercial teams, to build understanding in order to support and challenge line managers accordingly.
  • Makes sound decisions using considered thinking, balancing the needs of the business and employees.
  • Is able to take a long term view, whilst diving into detail to deliver interventions.
  • Is proactive and collaborative.
  • Knows when to escalate issues and ask for support.
People Focused
  • A great relationship builder who can adapt their style to meet the needs of their customer, audience or stakeholder.
  • A natural communicator and collaborator.
  • Has an inclusive style and wants to work with a diverse group of people to achieve an end goal.
  • Helps others out without being asked to.
  • Is comfortable challenging in the right way; make good judgement calls on when and how to challenge.
Action Orientated
  • Takes ownership and accountability for customer areas.
  • Highly motivated with a ‘can-do’, positive attitude.
  • Is able to stay calm in the face of challenges.
  • Is proactive in looking for improvements to ways of working, processes and capability.
  • Will anticipate obstacle and barriers to success and will find solutions not problems.
  • Cuts through noise to get to the heart of issues.
  • Can influence and engage others to deliver objectives and improvements.

Experience and Skills

  • Experience partnering across levels and functions.
  • Experienced working in a fast paced environment.
  • Good working knowledge of UK Employment law, best practice HR practices and toolkits.
  • Strong line management experience.
  • Coaching skills.

You might also be


  • CIPD qualified

At Jordans Dorset Ryvita, our brands have great credentials in environmental sustainability and working with farmers to protect the countryside. Our brands are naturally delicious and sold internationally worldwide.  We’re also a friendly bunch who support each other to do the very best we can and make JDR a great place to work.

Jordans Dorset Ryvita is part of Associated British Foods (ABF), a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group, employing 128,000 employees worldwide.

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Closing date for applications: 19 April 2024
Position: Full Time
Location: Biggleswade & Bardney with hybrid

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