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People Business Partner- FTC at VMLY&R

VMLY&R is a global brand and customer experience agency that harnesses creativity, technology, and culture to create connected brands. Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global Marketing Agencies for five consecutive years, VMLY&R is made up of more than 12,000 employees worldwide with principal offices in Kansas City, New York, Detroit, London, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. The agency is behind award-winning campaigns for blue chip client partners including Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, Dell, Ford, Intel, New Balance, Pfizer and Wendy's. For more information, visit VMLY&R is a WPP company (NYSE: WPP).

People Business Partner- FTC at VMLY&R

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Senior People Partner

Location: Rose Court, London

Reporting to: UK People DIrector


At VMLY&R, we create connected brands. We resist the usual ways of seeing, doing and thinking — harnessing creativity, technology and culture — to reimagine the entire connected consumer experience. Our goal? To create work that becomes part of people’s lives, to drive value for our clients and, in the best of cases, to impact the world.

VMLY&R HEALTH is the first global healthcare agency focused on companies who are researching and developing breakthrough therapies in health. We partner with our clients to transform innovative therapies into valued solutions.

We build connected experiences across the healthcare ecosystem. A deep understanding of individual needs and behaviour, and how they are connected, allows us to create seamless experiences. And when these experiences are personalised, unique and relevant at every touchpoint, their power is all the more profound.

We power connections beyond science into human behaviour. We believe that science can change the world and that changing the world starts with a single person behaving differently. Overcoming beliefs and barriers to make life better for patients and healthcare communities is second nature to us.


The Role

In this role you will partner with the wider UK People team community to deliver a connected employee experience at VMLY&R and its family brands. Specifically you will provide strategic business partner support to the VMLY&R Health business to ensure that they are attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the UK People Director to ensure that we are delivering an innovative, engaging, meaningful and connected employee experience across the VMLY&R brands including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Wellbeing to help maintain a positive and connected culture.

  • Be a strategic business partner to the senior leadership team providing counsel and coaching to ensure the business is able to fulfil their commercial and people agendas.

  • Create solutions, policies, programmes, initiatives, and ways of working that help us to attract, develop and retain exceptional talent.

  • Build strong relationships and partnerships with both the business and the VMLY&R People Teams (regional and local).

  • In partnership with the UK People Director, lead coordination of learning, growth and experience programmes.

  • Utilizing the VMLY&R framework, conduct regular talent audits of all teams to assess capability, skills and identifying learning and growth opportunities. In partnership with the Agency Management and the UK People Director ensure senior leaders have clear leadership development plans and succession planning.

  • Advise and lead on policies, employee relations cases and restructures as needed across the VMLY&R Health brand.

  • Ensure that the business is adhering to employment law/statutory changes and updates and changes are communicated in a timely way.

  • Provide guidance on Global Mobility and Remote Working (incl. immigration) where needed.

  • Oversee UK payroll and benefits.

  • Input into regular reporting as required locally, regionally, and globally for the VMLY&R team and Senior Leadership.

  • Manage and nurture the People team who work to support the role.


In Addition, You Will

To do well in this role you need experience working at a senior people business partner level and across multiple teams and stakeholders, ideally within a matrix environment. Experience within an agency environment preferable and experience working with a team responsible for delivering on a global client desirable.

  • Be commercially astute, able to understand and influence staffing and resourcing plans while balancing business needs with providing the right support to our teams.

  • Knowledge of UK employment law and experience of leading sensitive ER cases through to completion up to senior level.

  • Able to weigh up risk, seek input and resolve challenges swiftly and empathetically.

  • Strong influencing skills, able to persuade and align people towards a common goal. Creative problem solving, will keep pursuing projects and issues until resolved.

  • Excellent influence and communication skills, including solid verbal, written and presentation skills and ability to communicate complex technical information to various audiences.

  • Able to maintain high degree of confidentiality.

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment with proven ability to prioritize complex and demanding workloads and deadlines.

  • Able to work on both well-defined and ambiguous projects, and help to provide clarity, define priorities and shape outcomes.

  • Quickly build and maintain trusted and credible relationships with all levels of employees.

  • Be able to work effectively both collaboratively and autonomously, whilst managing upwards keeping relevant stakeholders informed.

  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative, pitch in when needed, and function as a member of the wider team.

  • Be persuasive, proactive, positive, highly personable, and friendly.

  • Thinks innovatively – looks beyond the obvious to develop highly engaging ideas and campaigns.

  • Works effectively through job and organisational changes.

  • Recognises the need for management support when necessary.

  • Deals constructively with frustration and stress, maintaining a professional and positive manner.

  • Treats all people with respect and fairness.

What's in it for you?


Aside from a generous annual leave allowance and pension allowances, you will have access to a whole host of other benefits and activities such as

  • Life Assurance

  • Permanent Health Insurance

  • BUPA

  • Flexible hybrid-working schedule

  • Enhanced family friendly policies

  • Well-being Programme

  • Employee Assistance Support

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

  • Eye Care and Glasses Vouchers

  • Season Ticket Loans

  • WPP Discounts

You will also have a clear long-term career development plan and access to our learning and development activities and online learning platforms.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

VMLY&R is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability. We believe in creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion and strives to recruit a diverse slate of candidates to help us achieve that goal.

If you are unable or limited in your ability to access our career site as a result of a disability, we will be happy to assist you. Please contact Michael Ludlow at [email protected] to request an alternate accommodation. Please note that only requests for an employment application accommodation will be returned.

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