Deputy Director, Trade Union Relations

Glasgow, London, York
£71,000 - £117,800
27 May 2021
13 Jun 2021
Specialist Area
Employee Relations
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Contract Type
Full Time

The Civil Service HR (CSHR) function encompasses circa 3,500 colleagues working in Human Resources and Learning and Development across all government departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).  The central CSHR team in the Cabinet Office, led by Rupert McNeil as Government Chief People Officer, provides support and guidance to departments, professions and other functions to build a modern and effective Civil Service.

These services mean that CSHR is at the forefront of Civil Service reform, leading on leadership, talent and professional development, to meet its current capability challenges, as well as the skills required to create a brilliant Civil Service that delivers excellent public services both now and in the future. Our lines of accountability run to the pan-Civil Service HR function and to the Cabinet Office. We are deeply committed to and proud of our work.

The Trade Union Relations team sits at the heart of Civil Service HR, reporting to the Director, HR Functional Management as part of a wider portfolio covering HR standards and capability; diversity and inclusion; the programme management office; finance; and business management.

Job Description

The Deputy Director, Trade Union Relations is a critical role for CSHR and the Cabinet Office. 

The post holder will lead the national relationship with the Civil Service trade unions on behalf of and supporting Cabinet Office Ministers, the Government Chief People Officer, senior leaders and subject matter experts from across CSHR and the wider Cabinet Office. This is particularly important in the context of delivering the Government’s Civil Service Modernisation and Reform agenda and supporting departments in managing their trade union engagement as we come out of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The post holder will also lead on engagement with the wider public sector on workforce matters, providing secretariat for the Ministerial-chaired Public Services Forum and building strong relationships with public sector employers and trade unions, via the TUC. They will also provide advice and expert support on trade union engagement across departments and wider civil service bodies.

The role sits within the Functional Management Directorate and the successful candidate will be leading a team of two with close links to the wider directorate. Due to the size of the team, active participation in the senior leadership teams of both the Functional Management Directorate and Civil Service HR will be essential to ensure consistency and join-up.

This role requires resilience and curiosity - the ability to deliver under pressure and maintain professionalism and calm in the face of significant challenges from others.

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 13th June 2021.