People Business Partner
Job ID
Service line
GWS Segment
Role type
Areas of Interest
Accounting/Finance, Administrative, Data Centers, People/Human Resources
London - England - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Title: EMEA People Business Partner - DCS
Location: EMEA, Various Locations (preferably UK)


CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is a leading provider of facilities, commercial real estate and energy management for many of the world’s largest companies. At CBRE Global Workplace Solutions, we combine our extensive knowledge of markets, industries and asset types with superior execution, to deliver scalable solutions that drive sustainable workplace performance for our clients.
CBRE’s Data Centre Solutions (DCS) is the world’s only fully integrated data center real estate firm, offering global strategy, acquisition and disposition representation, project management, facilities management and technology services from a single provider. We serve 40% of the Fortune 100’s data centers, spanning primary, secondary, and tertiary markets across the globe. As an employer of choice, we heavily invest in our people to best serve these state-of-the-art facilities by offering mission critical and leadership training.

Role Purpose

As a key member of the DCS People team this role will be expected to actively partner with the Business Unit Directors and their leadership teams, providing advice and delivering value-add interventions in all areas of the People life cycle.
Supporting and delivering the people agenda ensuring it is fit for purpose in order to achieve the BU Business Plans, company objectives and the protection of the Company brand, ensuring that the culture and behaviours are continually reinforced and developed and that line managers are fully equipped and up-skilled to meet the People Management aspects of their role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Be actively involved in developing current and future business opportunities in DCS and ensure that the Business Units have the skill sets to support new sectors and growth.
  • Take full ownership of the Business Units Resourcing Plans to acquire the skills and behaviours needed to ensure the division has exceptional staff delivering an exceptional service.
  • Deliver a talent and succession plan for the Business Units ensuring there is an identifiable talent pool in place and these employees are fully enabled to fulfil roles across the BU’s and the wider business.
  • Own the delivery of initiatives that constantly reinforces the Company’s culture and behaviours such as; exceptional journey, induction programmes, exceptional awards, site-based toolbox talks and communication boards
  • Create a culture of excellence and best practice which is clearly visible through the outputs of the team.
  • Ensure that managers have the tools and access to advice needed to effectively manage the performance of their employees.
  • Take ownership of complex ER cases, trade union discussions and other areas where People expertise is required to minimise risk to the business
  • Work closely with in country Europe People Team to receive expert advice to support and partner with the BU leaders to solution the desired outcomes for the business.
  • Act as the employment legal expert and provide timely advice on matters, following-up with managers to make sure their intervention has been successful and to offer any further assistance needed. Escalation point in disputes or formal proceedings, where appropriate
  • Demonstrating positive engagement through People metrics such as turnover and absence and have plans in place to improve these.
  • Identify and report on the needs of the business (qualitative and quantitative) considering business growth, attrition and risk.
  • Work with Learning and Talent Development to ensure that all employees have access to programmes that build on their current skills, allowing them to fulfil their roles to the best of their ability and to develop in readiness for future roles.
  • Lead initiatives to improve competence and capability of talent across the organisation, constantly driving up bench strength across the Business Units.
  • Manage and maintain the key People projects that are currently underway.
  • Engaging with Leaders to understand their Client’s CSR requirements and create initiatives that bring these to life locally.
Key Skills/Experience

  • Commercial awareness and business acumen including understanding of commercial and financial metrics.
  • Experience of working within a matrix organisation, advantageous to demonstrate this in an EMEA environment.
  • Previous experience of working within a fast paced HR/People environment.
  • Proven experience of TUPE strategies is essential.
  • Solid HR/People background within an operational HR /People role, proven experience of ER and practices at JrBP/BP level is essential.
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders across geographies to ensure delivery of people agenda.
  • Strong employment law/ employee relations background required, with experience and knowledge of working with Unions / Works Councils, across EMEA would be advantageous.
  • Previous experience of managing restructures highly desirable.
  • Broad understanding of business and HR frameworks, initiatives and model.
  • Must be numerate and confident with numerical data.
  • Proven ability to influence senior stakeholders.
  • Ability to see the bigger picture.
  • Experience in an M&E, FM or Critical environment would be advantageous.
  • Good communication skills, both verbally and in writing

Person Specification

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to quickly form professional relationships with colleagues and clients at all levels of seniority
  • Ability to prioritise and co-ordinate tasks efficiently ensuring all deadlines are met
  • Maintains a positive attitude towards routine tasks
  • Accurate and exceptional attention to detail
  • Pro-active and enjoys working autonomously and as part of a wider team
  • Confident and assertive where required
  • Sociable and outgoing
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Understands and appreciates the importance of using discretion
  • Team player who deals effectively with colleagues and clients
  • Results focused
  • Ability to understand complex situations
  • Able to inspire confidence
  • High degree of integrity and sincerity
  • Highly motivated and self-aware