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HR Business Partner

The client, a large provider of private healthcare in the UK, was undergoing significant change and reorganisation. This included the realignment of a traditional HR model to an embedded Business Partner model. Following internal assessment of the existing team, it was decided that they would have to go outside for the necessary skill sets.

gki was asked to carry out a search on a very tight timescale to find a generalist HR expert with experience of working in a commercial business partner environment.

Because of the nature and level of the role, it was not expected that candidates would relocate, so the search was focussed within commuting distance of the client. Target companies were tiered, depending on similarity of business, their HR model and location.

Candidates were identified through research, database activity and networking and approached. Within three weeks, candidates had been interviewed face to face and a short list of four submitted. All four candidates were met by the client and two were taken to the next stage, meeting the rest of the team and the Divisional Managing Director. A day later a verbal offer was made and accepted and the candidate has been in place since October 2012.

Human Resources