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Policy and Employment Relations Consultant

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced HR professional to join us in the role of Policy and ER Consultant.

Reporting to the Policy Consultant and Employment Relations Manager, you will support the development of University wide HR policies, ensuring compliance with employment legislation, University strategic objectives and good practice.

In this role, you will analyse consultation responses, prepare and present formal committee papers, policy and guidance to a high standard, and work closely with others to effectively communicate and embed outcomes. You will also be closely involved in building a positive employment relations infrastructure.

This diverse position will also assist with employment relations matters, including formal and informal meetings with trade unions, supporting the University's response to industrial action, and employment relations queries.

About You:

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • A good understanding of HR employment law and operations, with experience of developing HR policies in a unionised environment;
  • Experience of consulting with and engaging trade unions and other key stakeholders;
  • An exceptional standard of written (and spoken) English, with experience of writing policy, reports and web material to a high standard for publication;
  • A degree level education or an equivalent level of experience in a policy role, or a generalist HR role which includes policy work.

You will be professional, collaborative and discreet in your communication with others and sensitive to the needs of stakeholder groups.

About Us:

This permanent position is a great opportunity to join a dynamic and supportive team at one of the foremost global Universities, in a role that has real impact.

In return, the University offers an extensive reward package including:

  • A generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme;
  • CAMbens Employee Benefits, which provides access to a range of financial benefits such as national and local shopping discounts;
  • Health and wellbeing benefits including the University Counselling Service, and access to the virtual Wellbeing Centre providing tools to support your physical and mental wellbeing;
  • Family friendly benefits and policies, ranging from enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, and flexible and hybrid working.

Further information is available via the link below.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records) check and a security check.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

The team currently operates a hybrid work environment, with employees combining office-based and remote working.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Kate Philp, Policy Consultant. Email:

The closing date for applications is 18th June 2023

Interviews will be held 28th June 2023

Please quote reference AH36664 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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