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Head of Employee Relations and Policy

Queen Mary University of London
Whitechapel, London
£56,678 - £63,351 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
Closing date
13 Feb 2022
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About the Role

The Head of HR Employee Relations and Policy provides strategic leadership and management to the HR Partnering and Policy team, which provides expertise on all employee relations, wellbeing, organisational change, people management and policy development matters.

The role holder will have oversight of the activity of the team, developing long term strategies and delivering implementation plans that enable the University to deliver a proactive service, equipping managers and staff with the skills and frameworks to achieve a positive employee relations environment.

The role holder will have a front-line role in managing the University’s relationship with its recognised trade unions.

About You

You will have experience of effectively leading and managing a results-driven employee relations or HR advisory function within a large, multi-disciplinary organisation. Specialist knowledge of UK employment law, employment tribunal procedures, equalities legislation and people management good practice are essential, as is experience of effectively managing trade union relations.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

Our reformer heritage informs our conviction that great ideas can and should come from anywhere. It’s an approach that has brought results across the globe, from the communities of east London to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


In return, we offer 30 days’ leave per annum, access to a pension scheme, a season ticket loan scheme and competitive salaries.  We offer enhanced family friendly leave, and an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.  You will also work within a dynamic and friendly environment, with personal development opportunities.

This post is full time and permanent but we are happy to talk flexible working. Hybrid working is available.

The starting salary will be in the Grade 7 salary range of the Queen Mary pay and grading structure which is £56,678 - £63,351 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.  

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as women, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups as these groups are underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Sophie Harris at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is midnight Sunday 13th February 2022. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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