People Development Business Partner

People Development Business Partner


Salary band - £33,000 – 36,000
Edinburgh or Glasgow

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) is an independent charity built around a team of committed staff and volunteers and our mission is to ensure that those affected by crime receive high quality support that will help them to recover from their experiences. We want victims and witnesses to be at the heart of everything we do so they have improved health and well-being, feel safer, more secure and informed and that we are an effective organisation, that makes a lasting difference. We aim to do this by adhering to our own organisational values of being supportive, striving for excellence and offering personalised and accessible services and these are reflected in the behaviours expected of all staff and volunteers.

What are we trying to achieve

Our mission is to ensure that those affected by crime receive high quality support that will help them to recover from their experiences. Ultimately, we want victims and witnesses to be at the heart of criminal justice in Scotland.

There are four things that we need to do to achieve that:

  1. Deliver supportive, accessible, personalised and excellent services to those who need our help.
  2. Build partnerships with other organisations so that we can work together on putting victims and witnesses first.
  3. Champion the rights of victims and witnesses.
  4. Develop VSS so that we can provide excellent services that meet the needs of victims and witnesses.

We have a detailed action plan over the next three years to meet these goals. However, there is a lot to do and we need to be realistic. Achieving these changes will not always be easy and we have limited resources.

2018 – 2019 will be about building the foundations for a more stable and successful VSS, at the same time as providing priority services to a high standard.

2019 – 2020 is where we will tackle more of the complex challenges that we have and start to secure our future through new fully funded services.

2020 – 2021 will see us continuing to implement the changes of the previous two years, reviewing our performance against this strategy, and preparing for VSS for the next stage.

The Role

The People Development Business Partner will report directly to the Director of Finance & Business Planning and will be responsible for workforce planning within VSS to ensure that as an organisation, we can accomplish our vision and strategic plan. You will be responsible for ensuring that the day to day people development standards and processes are in place and compliant with legal requirements and a range of learning solutions are planned for, designed, delivered, monitored and evaluated. You will also be responsible for the HR and L&D support for the staff and volunteers across the organisation, while ensuring that the organisations practices and policies meet the needs of the organisations values and behaviours.

The successful candidate will be comfortable in getting hands on with staff to understand the challenges they face, while being able to provide sound and practical advice to the leadership teams, as required. You will be able to work with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds with an approachable and solution-oriented style; keen to support and drive the development of a positive working culture across the organisation. The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and have a CIPD professional qualification at Chartered level with at least 4 years post qualification experience – you should also have experience of managing, developing and implementing complex HR or learning and development programmes.

Further information about the position and Victim Support Scotland can be found as follows:


For a confidential discussion about the position please contact Catriona Mackie or Emma McEneaney at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555.

For any process queries please contact Kelsey Sinclair at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.


To apply, please upload your CV and supporting statement by clicking here.

Applicants will be shortlisted for interview by matching the details given on their CV and Supporting Statement against both the job description and the skills list. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements.

We would also be grateful if your covering letter / supporting statement could include the following information:


Closing date for receipt of applications: 12 noon on Friday 18th January 2019
Application review meeting: Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Panel interviews: Thursday 31st January 2019