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Job Title:  Senior People Partner

Date:  20-Nov-2020

London, LND, GB, SE1 2JP

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.5
The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 

Your role in a nutshell

Senior People Partner – UK Retail Market – 6 month FTC, immediate start

This key role is an influential member of the UK Market Senior Leadership Team providing retail business partnering with a commercial focus along with the delivery of an inspirational People Plan – all based on our unique ‘Purposeful Entrepreneur’ culture. As part of the People Management team it’s a role with an opportunity to make a real difference.  

More about the role


Areas of Focus:

This is a pivotal role that combines traditional people partnering activities with exceptional and inspirational leadership and best practice operating within the following areas of involvement: 

People Plan: Whilst evolving and developing the People Plan you will ensure employee engagement and wellbeing is consistently at the heart of our business along with robust alignment to our proud B-Corp status and our overarching activism purpose. Just two aspects of our business that make us truly different and provide us (and you) with the opportunity to influence big movements. 
Strategy: You will collaborate and use your influence and ability to drive change across the business to help deliver a stand-out global People and Planning strategy that will align with our commercial objectives.
Coaching: Your big picture perspective and customer centric focus will enable you to develop an effective coaching culture for management upskilling that develops leadership. Your approach will encourage the evolution of a can-do, change oriented mindset that will be able to cope with the audacious vision we have to change the world.
Management: Through exceptional team management, partnership working and a consistent positive energy, you will be instrumental in creating a strong, effective and highly respected People team that can achieve spectacular results in all areas of involvement. You will earn the right to be proud of this team through your efforts.
Building blocks: Under your guidance and direction and through cross-team collaboration you will ensure retail is at the heart of our business through the development of relevant and aspirational career paths, the creation of robust and effective recruitment plans and the evolution of learning and training plans. All designed to support and enable a range of Retail Academy, People Services and Global teams and initiatives. 

Your impact in all these areas will be measured in the breadth and depth of the retail Talent pipeline you help generate and your interpretation and deployment of a game-changing diversity and inclusivity hiring strategy

What we look for


Above all we seek the ability to seek out and deliver impactful change coupled with a humility and generosity of spirit that aligns with our ultimate purpose as a business. 

This will be demonstrated through strength of behaviours that include 
•    Effective influencing and communication that can be adapted and applied at all levels 
•    Creative thinking and problem solving to conjure up new ways of working and solving challenges
•    Agility of working to accommodate a wide range of situations, personalities and opportunities
•    A highly analytical mindset to leverage data and insight to define and implement the right strategies at the right time. 

What do we give in return?


What do we give in return?

As well as the expected benefits of an established and genuinely respected and iconic global organisation you get to join a business:
Where genuine inclusivity and being encouraged to think differently is dialled in at every level and within every role, and HOW you lead and treat others is non-negotiable. 
A business with a culture in which the authority to make decisions, the ability to be heard and the passion and ambition to change opinions and behaviours is an expectation of ALL, not just the leaders.
And where being allowed to be a ‘purposeful entrepreneur’ helps build an ever more powerful culture that really can, and does, impact how the world operates and treats others.


PLUS the aforementioned expected:

•    a 5% non-contributory pension plan, 
•    23 days holiday plus bank holidays – time to refresh and recharge
•    3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about
•    LOVE money to spend on YOUR wellbeing – pamper yourself on us. Every year.
•    50% staff discount and access to product sample sales 
•    Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts
•    AND - we have also implemented 'Work Wise' into our HQ - flexibility of 'in-office' hours, the ability to work remotely and a new meeting charter. 

If you are excited by all that - you might just be the sort of person we need to help us make the impactful change the world needs within a business that invented the culture of ‘joyful collective’ and everything that means and stands for. 

Apply now and show us how you can play your part in the bigger picture that is The Body Shop.

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