Human Resources

Generic Role Profiles

Overview Generic Role Profile(s)

A Generic Role Profile (or GRP) is a document that provides an outline description of what sort of knowledge, skill and accountability is expected at a role at a given pay grade.  The GRP is not meant to be a detailed description of a job; instead it uses broad terms to describe expectations.  It also contains the behaviours that we expect to see displayed at work, at that level.

A GRP is designed to sit in one of three job families. The families are:

  • Business Support

  • Partnership, Contracts and Commissioning

  • Service Delivery 


Each family contains the type of jobs that deliver different council functions.  Business Support roles will be the functions such as administration through to professional advice that assist the delivery of council activity.  Service Delivery will tend to be those roles that work directly with people in the community and therefore include services such as regulation and social care.  Partnership, Contracts and Commissioning are roles responsible for ensuring that work and services are delivered through partners and providers.

The Function of GRPs

It’s a scheme that is used widely in a large number of employers around the world.  A GRP provides flexibility.  It means that skills and knowledge in one area can be used in another and this is achieved by having broad descriptions of the type of work expected of someone at a given grade in a given job family.  A GRP also provides transparency.  Anyone can see what type of work attracts what grade of pay.  The GRP helps with career planning.  Because anyone can see the profiles it helps to plan for a typical level of qualification and experience needed to progress.