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Senior Employee Relations & Policy Specialist

Job ID 21009187 London, United Kingdom Apply now

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The People team are currently looking for a Senior Employee Relations & Policy Specialist to provide expert, trusted and comprehensive advice across the full spectrum of ER across our EMEA and APAC regions. This role will support CHROs and Business Partners, and People functions (Talent, Reward etc) and business on all restructuring programmes and complex case management.

The Senior Employee Relations & Policy Specialist will participate in the delivery of global ER projects (including TUPE) as identified in the region, ensuring ER policies and procedures are up to date and in line with global commitments and engage relevant internal and external stakeholders, including employment counsel. This position is based in London. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • First point of contact for providing advice and guidance to managers and HRBP on all employee relations matters across EMEA and APAC. 
  • Provide ER expertise to support employees and managers deal informally and, where necessary formally, with regards to ER matters (e.g. Grievance, Disciplinary, Performance, Absence, Parent Leave, Changes to contractual terms etc).
  • Adopt a consultative approach by building strong relationships across the business and the wider People function. 
  • Ensure employment policies and practices comply with relevant employment regulations, overseeing the company-wide application of workplace policies and procedures. 
  • Develop and provide timely and accurate data / insight to the business on the ER issues. 
  • Act as the point of contact for internal and external legal advisors (iGlobal), to ensure legal risks are fully considered and advice and guidance to divisional People teams is consistent. 
  • Liaise with Legal, Risk & Compliance, Internal Audit and Privacy Officer as appropriate in Speak Up/Whistleblowing matters.
  • Advise managers on TUPE and policy in line with current legislation and drive consistent application of policy and procedure, escalating issues to CHRO and employment counsel as appropriate.
  • Support and advise on ad-hoc People function programmes (Reward, Talent Diversity etc), seeking employment legal advice as appropriate. 
  • Provide central governance and guidance for change programmes and consultation activities, ensuring relevant HR policies and procedures are adhered to in a fair, consistent and professional manner (including collective consultation requirements (TUPE, M&A, Restructuring)).
  • Provide advice and guidance on the handling of protected conversations and managing negotiations.
  • Coach management in handling and dealing with employee relations issues and processes.
  • Identify, and drive, ideas and programmes to foster a constructive employee relations culture to achieve a business that is fair, respectful, and consistent. 
  • Partner with L&D to develop and deliver training and development to upskill leaders on ER related matters. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Demonstrate strong employee relations experience with a solid understanding of Europe, Asia and the Middle East employment law and associated regulations. 
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to juggle and prioritise multiple wide-ranging issues simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Maximise opportunities i.e., challenge ways of working, seek and provide information and clarification, support and offer guidance to more junior members.
  • Utilise all available resources and toolsets to investigate and resolve problems, ensuring the most appropriate solution is identified.
  • Demonstrable skills in building relationships 
  • Collaborative, pragmatic, proactive and empathetic - able to see things from all perspectives.
  • Work effectively in ambiguous situations with objectivity, kindness, pragmatism and commercial acumen.
  • Be collaborative, showing resilience and a strong moral centre, putting the employee experience at the heart of what you do. 
  • Is confident in conducting difficult and sensitive conversations with managers (including senior management), consultative bodies, and employees. 
  • Strong influencer at all levels, deploying a range of techniques to ensure a fair, consistent and people focussed approach.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Degree or equivalent and / or relevant ER/Legal qualification - including previous HR Experience.
  • CIPD qualified or other equivalent.
  • Employee Relations experience 5 years +.
  • TUPE experience/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Stakeholder management experience.
  • Experience of working in fast paced, global, regulated, and matrixed organisation during a time of significant change.
  • Broad understanding of EMEA/ASIA employment law and its practical application.
  • ER / HR Policy development.

In order to be considered for a position, you must formally apply via careers.kroll.com. 

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