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Employee Relations Specialist

Job Title: Employee Relations Specialist
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Reading
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: asap
Duration: 6 months
REF: PP/CK/Employeerelati_1655370530
Contact Name: Caroline Kennedy
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

Employee Relations Specialist

Contract - 6 months


We are seeking an Employee Relations Specialist to join our People Services and Delivery team, supporting all our employees throughout their end-to-end lifecycle, as well as the delivery of all people initiatives across our business.

The Employee Relations Specialist will manage a number of complex and high-risk ER cases, providing coaching and guidance to managers, whilst also providing insight on any case trends back into the wider People team. Case types include; disciplinaries, grievances, whistleblowing, absence and capability, performance, appeals, early conciliation and Employment Tribunals. Lower risk cases are managed by the Advisors in the team.

You'll have strong stakeholder management skills, with the ability to advise, guide and influence at varying levels within the organisation, whilst assessing and advising on any commercial risks.

You will also manage the delivery of organisational consultation projects, for example redundancy, TUPE and changing T&C's on a collective and individual basis.

This is a varied role so other project work and responsibilities include designing manager training content, managing our occupational health provider, policy updates, reporting and mentor our Advisor's.

Responsibilities of the Employee Relations Specialist include:

ER & Case Management

  • Provide timely advice and support to line managers on medium-high risk/complexity people ER issues such as: disciplinaries, grievances, appeals, medium to long term sickness absence (up to and including capability dismissals), performance management, whistle-blowing claims, early conciliation and Employment Tribunals claims.
  • Support the business in organisational changes that involve individual or collective consultation and may result in redundancy, TUPE or changing T&C's.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date records of all actions and documentation relating to cases being managed through to conclusion.
  • Establish strong working relationships with other teams in the People Team, in particular People Business Partners, HR Shared Services as well as business managers to develop an understanding of the business priorities.
  • Identify trends in cases for the Head of/ER Lead so that insight is provided to managers, relevant training for line managers is provided and policy recommendations are made.
  • Coach line managers, facilitate ER workshops and design/deliver ER training in order to develop ER capability within the organisation.
  • Work in partnership with the Policy Manager, providing insight on our People Policies and Guidelines
  • Support the development of the ER Advisors
  • Reporting and analysis of case data to identify trends and insights
  • Identify and deliver opportunities for continuous improvement to enhance our service offering to the business, improve customer experience and/or provide capacity.

The successful Employee Relations Specialist will have:

  • Proven experience within an Employee Relations role in a fast paced environment
  • Experience in organisational change processes, for example redundancy and TUPE consultation
  • Experience of managing high risk ER cases to conclusion
  • Good understanding and application of employment legislation
  • Ability to assess risks, articulate options and make fair decisions that meet the needs of the business
  • Strong communication and listening skills, being comfortable in coaching, advising and influencing managers dealing with ER issues
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to quickly develop a rapport and strong working relationships (both face to face and remotely), across all levels, within the wider People team and business. Including the ability to lead meetings, present and deliver training/briefings
  • Strong organisational skills able to plan, prioritise and work under pressure with good attention to detail
  • Ability to manage projects and deliver milestones/deadlines effectively
  • Strong Microsoft skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams

To apply for the Employee Relations Specialist please send your CV to

Project People is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.