Global Mobility Business Partner - UK & Immigration Lead

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 15/04/2021

Global Mobility Business Partner - UK & Immigration Lead

Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

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About the role

We are seeking a Global Mobility Business Partner to join the team partnering the UK business on international and domestic mobility and with accountability for Global Immigration. This role holds responsibility for managing a team of three UK Mobility Specialists and reports into our Global Mobility Lead as part of our Global Mobility Centre of Expertise.

In this role you (and your team) will be responsible for providing end-to-end support on UK touching international and domestic mobility cases. You will also be responsible for Global Immigration, managing immigration projects, working with external counsel and working on process improvement initiatives that support colleagues and help serve our customers better. The successful candidate will work collaboratively, influence internal and external stakeholders and lead the immigration programme to deliver value.

The Tesco Global Mobility Team are responsible for delivering business driven and cost-effective assignment, relocation and compliance services, in line with our reward principles, to ensure our mobile colleagues can get on and achieve our core purpose: serving Tesco’s shoppers a little better everyday.

You will be responsible for

As Global Immigration Lead:

  • Manage Global Immigration in conjunction with external consultants across the UK, Ireland, Europe and Asia.
  • Managing external partner relationships, service levels and performance to ensure a great experience for our colleagues- including external immigration consultants, UKV&I premium sponsorship service & UK DSP provider.
  • Review immigration processes and be accountable for identifying continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Accountability for leading immigration audits.
  • Educate internal stakeholders on immigration processes and changes, keeping them appraised of regulatory changes and deliver compliance-driven and business focused solutions.
  • Recommend and influence immigration-related communications and internal intranet content.
  • Delivering training sessions to relevant parts of the business on immigration changes.
  • Accountability for Immigration, STBV and Posted Worker Directive related projects.
  • Oversight of the annual immigration budget.

    As UK Mobility Business Partner Lead:

  • Advising the business on policy and best practice for international assignments, international transfers/hires and UK domestic moves.
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders such as home/host people teams, line managers, mobility colleagues, payroll teams, tax teams and finance teams to deliver a great assignment experience.
  • Managing senior, escalated or complex immigration and relocation cases.
  • Accountability for the immigration compliance of the sponsorship licence for Head Office, Stores and Tesco Bank.
  • Managing UK Home Office requirements for maintaining sponsorship license; i.e. regular checks with individuals and people teams on an individual’s right to work, and potential changes to their right to work, regular audits and monthly Authorising Office reporting.
  • Managing senior, escalated or complex immigration and relocation cases.
  • Lead tenders for UK suppliers and supporting in tenders for global suppliers.
  • Managing stakeholder relationships - including People Directors, People Business Partners, Resourcing team, Legal, Regional Pharmacy Managers and Policy team.
  • Ownership and management of UK domestic policies;
  • Line management of three UK Mobility Specialists.

You will need


  • Solid immigration experience, particularly detailed working knowledge of immigration rules and processes in the UK;
  • Experience advising business and HR leaders on complex immigration regulations, risk and legal compliance (either in-house or in a management consultancy / legal setting).
  • Experience resolving complex immigration issues independently and taking ownership in unfamiliar or ambiguous circumstances.
  • Experience managing third party vendors including on-boarding, performance monitoring and improvement planning.
  • Experience developing and implementing continuous improvement strategies.
  • Proactive, flexible and able to manage a number of conflicting priorities.


  • Demonstrable global immigration experience, including one of our other key locations of Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Hong Kong, China & India.
  • Deep understanding of immigration landscapes and trends.
  • Experience managing global and country-specific immigration audits.
  • Understanding of expat compensation packages e.g. how cost of living allowances are calculated, per diems etc.
  • Experience of Posted Workers Directive compliance and processes.
  • Ability to adapt to change and collaborate effectively at all levels.
  • Experience of building credible relationships, influencing management and leadership teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid sense of accountability, sound personal judgment and ability to adapt to change.

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme where you can earn up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 4% and 7.5% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco 
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus & Hatfield Offices
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move.  Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’.  Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.  In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings to enable us to serve our shoppers a little better every day. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities.  We're a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you.  Everyone is welcome at Tesco.
NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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