Senior Employee Relations Adviser

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Senior Employee Relations Adviser

Universities and Colleges Employers Association - UCEA

Salary c £50,000 (Initial 2 year contract, also available on a secondment basis)

The Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) is recruiting to the position of Senior Employee Relations Adviser. The appointment is initially for a fixed term of 2 years. Applications for a secondment are also welcomed. A full time appointment is envisaged but alternative proposals will be considered subject to a substantial proportion of the week being based at the UCEA offices in central London. 
The post holder will be an important member of the team which develops and delivers employment policy advice and responds to individual queries from subscriber institutions. They will work closely with other team members and be part of the senior management team. 
The post holder will play a leading role in the delivery of UCEA's HR advisory service, with particular emphasis on employee relations activity. Themes within the role's scope will therefore include collective labour law and contract law; advising on disputes and difficulties; supporting HEIs in the process of negotiating and managing change; supporting sector employers in the delivery of their local negotiating objectives; focussing on key employee relations themes as they emerge, for example, job security, performance management and employee engagement.
The post-holder will be supporting higher education institutions, collectively and individually, in a period of rapid change and uncertainty. The work will involve producing written guidance for subscriber institutions; responding to members' queries, attending UCEA meetings and events; visiting subscribers' institutions where tailored advice and support is requested, supporting negotiating processes and discussions with Trade Union officers at national level and at local level where requested; and preparing responses to various agencies.
The post holder will need to keep abreast of developments throughout the sector; develop good relations with stakeholders; provide specialist support to UCEA working groups and committees on ER and workforce issues; and contribute to events and meetings. There is also an opportunity for the post holder to make a contribution to UCEA's work on occupational health and safety issues. 
Full information for applicants, which includes the role description/person specification and the application process is available from the UCEA website Any queries on this position, not covered by the written materials, can be directed to Helen Fairfoul, Deputy Chief Executive or Sharron Powley, Senior Policy Adviser, at the UCEA offices on 020 7383 2444

The closing date for applications to UCEA will be 12.00 noon on Thursday 17 March 2010.  It is hoped that interviews will be held at the UCEA offices on Thursday 31 March.