Employee Relations Specialist, 9 Month Contract, Global Blue Chip Company

Job Title: Employee Relations Specialist, 9 Month Contract, Global Blue Chip Company
Job Reference: RB/HQ00058195

Location: South East England
Job Type: Temporary

£22 - £25 per hour
Sector: HR & Personnel

Posted 9 days ago

Employee Relations Specialist, Remote Working with Fortnightly Travel to their South East Offices, 9 Month Contract, the Opportunity to Work For an Amazing Global Brand!

Be part of the world’s most successful, purpose-led business. Work with brands that are well-loved around the world, that improve the lives of our consumers and the communities around us. This client promote innovation, big and small, to make their business win and grow; and they believe in business as a force for good. Unleash your curiosity, challenge ideas and disrupt processes; use your energy to make this happen. Our brilliant business leaders and colleagues provide mentorship and inspiration, so you can be at your best.


This role is a great opportunity for someone with a solid background in HR and employee relations to get exposure to all parts of our business in the UK and make a real difference to how we work now and into the future. The role offers the experience to get involved in challenging work that has real impact on the business.

This is an excellent opportunity to come and work within our team and share knowledge and experience whilst supporting and guiding the wider HR community. The key aims of the Employment Excellence team are to work jointly with the HR teams to shape the employment environment on policy and practice, build and enhance the capability of our HR community in ER practice, support change in a way that minimises risk and maximises human care and manage employment risk across the geography.

We are looking for a candidate that has:
• Strong experience in an Employee relations advisor or manager role
• Experience of managing both employee relations and industrial relations
• Experience of end-to-end employee relations case management including very sensitive and highly complex cases
• Deep and up-to date knowledge and a passion for understanding employment law and its practical application
• The ability to provide daily / operational guidance and advice to People Experience Leads (HR advisors) and HR Business Partners on all employee relations cases
• Demonstrable experience of supporting teams with letters, reports, cases analysis and investigation planning
• Experience in providing feedback and guidance on documents to ensure our case management approach does not expose the company to risk
• Experience in coaching and building capability on best practice and quality case management
• Experience in building capability and developing learning and upskilling programs on employee relations and landing these with impact
• The ability to identify and manage legal, financial, and reputational risk
• Strong influencing skills and the ability to interface with a variety of stakeholders, at multiple work levels across the business

Key responsibilities:
• Provide strong, and carefully thought-out support to HR professionals across the business on case management, focussing in each case on risks and potential outcomes to ensure all perspectives and avenues are fully considered.
• Drive the learning and development agenda to ensure PELs have access to learning and growth opportunities in Employee relations knowledge and practice. Demonstrate that in turn, this growth is achieving a positive impact.
• Leading on our continuous improvement agenda in partnership with the Employee experiences team
• Ensuring effective decision making governance is in place to protect the business from risk
• Support key and critical Employment Excellence projects in partnership with other EE specialists

Skills needed
• Strong communication / teamwork skills
• Agility and result orientation
• Critical thinking and the ability to focus on all possibilities and plan accordingly
• Multi focusing and time management
• A passion for improvement and progression
• An employment law qualification such as an LLM/LLP would be preferable
• Location: Flexible in UK, (*note bi weekly travel for team meetings in the south east and regular attendance at the office for face to face meetings)
Trevor  Lee


Trevor Lee

Managing Director

In 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial and now nearly 15 years later the business has thankfully gone from strength to strength. Having now been in the mad world of recruitment for nearly 25 years, I've seen a massive amount of change in that time (in my early days we used to fax CV's off to a client and if you were looking for work you use to photocopy your CV and even hand-deliver it into the agency, there was no internet in the early days!!) 

The foundation of our success has always been to build the greatest relationships with both our clients and candidates, we are always super honest and try to leave the greatest impression with everyone you connect with. 

My father taught me that life is very much what you put in, put a little in and you get a little out, put a lot in, and of course, you get a lot out. This is a rule I firmly believe in and has served me well over the years. 

What can I tell you about me? Well, I have been married for nearly 25 years (my wife is extremely lucky or completely mad) and we have a beautiful son Toron who is 15 now. I also cannot function properly without a triple shot skinny wet latte first thing in the morning. If you ever catch me before this time then I apologise in advance! I go to the gym every day and I've probably been on a diet since I was born so I am very body and image-conscious. 

I am also a glass half full type so love listening to Tony Robbins motivational podcasts to give me that extra kick. I support West Ham United so I definitely need something positive as I don't get it from the team I support. I also love the good old US of A (California). I think my music taste is great (it's very eclectic) however the team in the office are always moaning about my playlists (it's them that have no taste).

Why recruitment? Well, I love people, I genuinely love to understand how people tick, and after 25 years I know I'm damn good at what we do. In this job, every day is different and I'm humbled and grateful that I have met some amazing people over the 20+ years, plus it's always lovely to change peoples lives for the better so to play a part in their journey of life is something I am truly grateful for. 

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