30+ days ago




We have an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing HR team as a Business Partner to The Economist Intelligence Unit Business (EIU) in a London based role with a global remit.


The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from the newspaper to conferences, business information and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world. 


The Economist Intelligence Unit is a research, analysis and consulting business in the B2B space. Our global team of economists, industry specialists, analysts and consultants produce the highest quality data, research and analysis on everything from national elections and international trade, to food security and sustainable cities. It has a strong subscription base as well as a corporate business network. 


In this role you’ll be part of a wider business partnering team within the Economist Group HR function and have the opportunity to get involved in group wide HR initiatives and projects.

As HR Business Partner for the EIU, you will also join the EIU Leadership team, supporting them and the wider EIU business to build their people capability, plan and manage talent and develop strategic interventions.




How you will contribute: 


  • Be a trusted advisor to the EIU leadership team as well as colleagues at all levels
  • Develop a strong understanding of the vision, purpose and challenges of the EIU
    • Understand how these align with Economist Group business and HR strategies and consider how to effectively implement them within the EIU
  • Support the EIU leadership team with talent management and development,  change management, compensation planning, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and engagement in partnership with functional experts within the HR team
  • Coach and influence managers to address and resolve a wide range of employee relations issues, providing effective and thoughtful feedback to help develop leadership capability
  • Use data, particularly in  relation to diversity, turnover and employee engagement  to develop solutions to challenges and drive change
  • Work collaboratively with the wider HR team to ensure Economist Group HR policies and practices are implemented effectively  within the EIU
  • Play a key role in group wide HR projects, including those relating to employee engagement
  • Coach and mentor more junior members of the HR team



The ideal skills for this role include:


  • A strong HR Generalist background, with BP experience 
  • Experience of working within a matrix structure 
  • Experience within a media or consultancy organisation is ideal, as is experience working with Technology teams
  • You have experience of working in a global environment, with knowledge of international employment and/or immigration law an advantage
  • A proactive approach to addressing challenges and opportunities, you are a self starter who is comfortable assuming responsibility and accountability
  • An interest in the broader success of the business and comfortable participating in general discussions about the business beyond narrow people issues
  • You are commercially minded, inclusive and supportive and are able to coach managers to be the same
  • You enjoy working with a diverse range of personalities and cultures at all levels and are able to adapt your approach to develop strong partnerships with all stakeholders
  • You have the ability to problem solve and  find solutions to move things forward in complex and ambiguous situations
  • You have good judgement and the ability to influence others, including at a senior level
  • You have excellent communication and consulting skills and the ability to gain support for people plans and initiatives
  • You take a client focused approach to your work


This is a fixed-term contract of One year with a view to turning permanent. 


We are currently working from home but it is expected that in this role you’ll be able to work from home 2 to 3 days per week. We are happy to discuss other flexible working arrangements.


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