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People Partner - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is a modern, progressive organisation providing exceptional service to the population of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Made up of more than 600 dedicated, talented people who all play a role in reducing risk and saving lives and are united in our vision of safe communities where there is no preventable deaths or injuries from fire or other emergencies.

We are willing to do things differently and constantly seek to improve, one of the many reasons that we are one of the best fire and rescue services in the UK – but don’t take our word for it.

Our recent His Majesty's Inspectorate for Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) highlighted our positive culture, our dedication to developing our people and the things we do to promote inclusion across the Service.

Identified within the report was our innovative and promising practices, involvement of external assessors in recruitment of wholetime firefighters, our fitness equipment for firefighters and menopause and maternity provisions. We were also highlighted for being a neurodiversity friendly employer and having a ‘positive working culture where staff feel valued and listened to’.

In addition, we were recently awarded a silver ENEI (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion) award, which is benchmarked against the public and private sectors, and we have Disability Confident level 2 status.

We are currently looking for a People Partner - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to join our People Group and work with our partners, colleagues and the community to maintain our great culture.

Salary: £36,846 – £41,105pa

Hours: 37 Hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Location: Service HQ, Huntingdon - on-site at CFRS locations around the county, with the ability to also work from home.

The role

Are you an HR professional who would like to specialise in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I)? Do you have experience in ED&I and enjoy colleague and community engagement?

If you like every day being different and want to work with our dynamic front line colleagues, people group, professional services teams and the community then this role would be great for you! There are so many opportunities to help us build on our great culture and have some adventures along the way, working for a Service that’s truly lives its values of welcome, dignity and respect.

You will play a key role in partnering with colleagues in the People Group and across the Service to bring our values and behaviours to life.  Leading ED&I focused networks, ambassadors and working groups for the protected characteristics, compliance, events, recruitment and community engagement, you will partner with colleagues as well as our community, building those relationships to have welcoming and respectful conversations on a variety of topics and building the Service’s knowledge and understanding of all things ED&I.

The role sits within the People Group and works alongside the People Partners (generalists), L&OD Partners and Recruitment Partner. In the future there may be scope to move sideways into the other Partner roles, depending on internal moves and your development aspirations. We actively promote development across the People Group and wider service and we are open to sponsoring CIPD or equivalent qualifications.

About you

The Service is a fantastic, fun and unique organisation to be part of and your partnering skills, experience and knowledge will help you to build on our great culture with ED&I initiatives.

You will be a people person who, with your welcoming and respectful approach, will thrive on spending time with both our colleagues and the wider community, at our many different locations throughout Cambridgeshire.  Your ability to build on these relationships will allow you to really understand the Service and the demographics of our community in Cambridgeshire, and how best to tailor our ED&I initiatives.

If you do not fully meet the requirements but believe that you can clearly demonstrate in other ways the range of valuable skills, experience and knowledge recognised as relevant and important to this role, we would welcome hearing from you.

Working for us

You don't have to wear a firefighter's uniform and run into burning buildings to play an important role in the Service. A role in our People Group offers the chance of build a rewarding career and the motivation of giving something back to the community. We’re a modern and progressive place to work and promote our values and build a welcoming culture by:

  • Ensuring transparency and fairness, people are at the centre of everything we do.
  • We provide health and wellbeing support for everyone in the service.
  • We have inclusion ambassadors and established networks and working groups for protected characteristics.

What we offer

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to Health Cash Plan
  • A competitive pension scheme
  • Access to Blue Light Discount at hundreds of stores and events
  • Access to Health Shield Perks discounts
  • Family friendly policies – including flexible working
  • Great learning and development opportunities
  • 28 days annual leave each year plus bank holidays, increasing with long service
  • Parking (site specific).

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please read the Recruitment Pack and complete an EDI Form and send your CV and covering Letter (detailing your suitability for the role and ideally examples of previous campaigns/work) to

*Please note any CVs submitted without a Covering Letter will not be considered.

If this role isn’t for you, but you know someone who might be interested – please share details with them.

We have the right to close this advert at any time.