HR Business Partner- Maternity Cover (12 month), Dublin, Ireland

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Organisational Environment:


Mercury is an Irish based European Contractor.


Mercury is a European Contractor that builds and manages complex engineering projects that reimagine how people work and live in the built environment. Our determination and focus enable us to deliver leading-edge construction solutions across a range of key sectors including Enterprise Data Centres, Advanced Technology & Life Sciences, Hyperscale Data Centres, Fire Protection, Technical Support Services (TSS), Data Centre Facility Management, Healthcare & Building Services. Mercury employs over 2,600 people across over 10 locations in Europe and had an overall turnover of €1bn in 2020. Mercury employs the best people, invests heavily in training and education and ensures that the highest standards of health, safety and governance are applied throughout the organisation.

Please note this is a 12 month Maternity Cover

We have a hybrid work model, where your time is split between working from home and in our Head office in Sandyford, Dublin

Reporting to the HR Manager and working with other members of the HR Department, in the areas of employee relations, budgeting for staff costs and other employment-related costs, reporting, resource planning, staff recruitment, analysis and assistance with human resource policies and procedures.  The HR Business Partner will support an overall co-ordinated a companywide approach to the development, management, and implementation of HR activities.  The HR Business Partner position is responsible for aligning business objective with employees and management in designated business units.

The role will be responsible for meeting key performance indicators (KPI) targets which will be agreed as essential to both the designated Business Unit and HR Management.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Solely responsible for management of BU’s HR requirements.
  • Build and sustain effective and dynamic relationships between the Human Resources Department and the designated Business Unit/s to which assigned.
  • Visit site where necessary and carry out monthly meetings with project management teams from the designated Business Unit.
  • With a dotted-line relationship to the Business Unit Managing Director, develop close and effective working relationships with the Business Unit Managing Director and their management team to ensure that HR policies are implemented; that HR services are integrated to meet operational needs; and that HR activities are in keeping with the Company’s human resource strategy.
  • Contribute to the strategic, operational and human resource decision-making within the Business Unit.
  • Convey HR management’s key messages to all employees by championing HR, ensuring consistency across the Group while supporting their allocated BU/s.
  • Consult with line management and provide daily HR guidance.
  • Generate insights and analysis from BUs and provide trends and metrics to HR management.
  • Resolve complex employee relations issues and address grievances.
  • Provide the Business Unit Director and Human Resource management with efficient, timely and accurate information to enable both forward planning and measurement of staffing-related activities.
  • Work with the business unit to build and maintain the manpower plan for the Business unit and co-ordinate overall workforce supply and demand, anticipating recruitment needs and work closely with the recruitment centre of excellence during the recruitment process.
  • Identify training needs for teams and individuals within assigned BU/s.
  • Act as the first point of contact for line managers regarding issues related to the management of staff performance to assist them in handling/resolving the matter or referring them to the appropriate source of help.
  • Act as the first point of contact for line managers in assisting and advising on employee relations and employee welfare issues.
  • Clear communication channel between HR Business Partner, HR Management, HR Centres of Excellence and Business Unit Management.
  • Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale and increase employee engagement, productivity and talent retention.
  • Provide support to managers in terms of employment legislation and dispute resolution.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.  Partner with HR management and legal department as needed/required.
  • Ensure data integrity and BU compliance with GDPR.
  • Research the background to industrial relations disputes and attend meetings with staff and with staff representative groups, as required.
  • Attend external meetings and hearings at the WRC and other third-party hearings, as appropriate.
  • Work with managers on training plans; collate information on area training needs; liaise with HR Centres of Excellence; and attend staff development meetings, as required.
  • Contribute and lead as appropriate on Group HR projects, as requested.
  • Implement and maintain the highest professional standards for all human resource activities in accordance with the Company’s policy and good practice.
  • Work alongside support functions and site personnel to ensure employees are provided with the correct level of relocation support.
  • Perform such other duties of a related nature as may be required from time to time as assigned by HR Management


Essential Criteria:

  • 3rd level qualification in HRM / HRD (Human Resource Management / Human Resource Development) or equivalent.
  • Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or equivalent experience and willingness to upgrade within the CIPD framework.
  • Excellent leadership and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrates a facilitative leadership style able to broker internal and external relationships to ensure effective business solutions and resolve conflict where necessary.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Confidential, discreet and diplomatic approach. Ability to work with confidential information at a very senior level. 
  • Strategic and problem-solving mindset, able to align business and HR strategy and communicate same.
  • Shows ability to be flexible, respond positively to change and work effectively under pressure which dealing with conflicting priorities.
  • High level of emotional intelligence shows confidence in own judgement & capability and demonstrates effective delegation skills.
  • Displays the Company’s values and drives same within the allocated BU/s.
  • Champion a high performance/high commitment work environment, able to motivate others.
  • Able to take direction from the management team while also displaying good delegation skills.
  • Knowledge of European Employment will be an advantage
  • Team player, willingness to coach others.
  • Able to travel regularly.



  • Additional European language/s desirable but not essential.


Mercury Engineering is an equal opportunities employer

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