Associate Director of Workforce

The CUH campus is on the southern fringe of Cambridge, about six kilometers from the city centre.
£67,247 - £83,258 per annum
01 Jun 2018
15 Jun 2018
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Contract Type
Full Time

About CUH

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With 10,000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care to our patients and rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH’s values, Together- Safe, Kind, Excellent, are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

The Role

The Associate Director of Workforce will lead the provision of operational HR support to the organisation and the Director of Workforce and will play an integral role, as a member of the workforce senior leadership team, in leading the directorate to deliver its ambitious programme of work.   The role will hold its own portfolio incorporating the Trust’s HR Business Partner and Employee Relations teams, workforce policies, Safeguarding, and Trade Union relationship management.

Through expert leadership skills the role will ensure the organisation has a high performing operational HR service which delivers a consistent and pro-active service to its customers. The postholder will work with the HR Business Partners (our Divisional Heads of Workforce) and Employee Relations to provide comprehensive advice and guidance to senior managers on the application of employment law in the delivery of their business plans; and will lead the development and implementation of workforce policies and best practice to ensure compliance with employment law and governance.

About you

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with significant operational and strategic human resources experience.  You must evidence experience of managing complex employee relation issues and have excellent knowledge of current UK employment law and practice; having represented organisations at senior disciplinary hearings, employment tribunals and court when required.

You must have highly effective communication skills and excellent attention to detail. Established time management and organisational skills, alongside the ability to manage a very busy workload to tight deadlines is a must. You will be highly professional and able to build strong relationships at all levels, internally and externally at a national level.

You will have developed comprehensive expertise of managing organisational change and be able to demonstrate experience of working within a unionised organisation.

A track record of implementing change and demonstrable proven leadership skills are essential, as is your flexible and pro-active attitude.

NHS experience would be beneficial but not essential.

For more information and informal discussion please contact: David Wherrett, Director of Workforce on 01223 216832 or email

Interviews will be held on: Monday 09 July 2018

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