Head of HR and Industrial Relations

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Oakleaf are partnering a leading global distribution and engineering organisation who are looking for a Head of HR to support their strategy across the UK. In this role you wil lhave the opportunity to lead on all union negotiations including pay reviews whilst ensuring an efficient and business aligned HR operational team.

As well as leading an operational HR team of approximately 20 inculding Business Partners and Advisors, you will be responsible for Employee Relations and all Industrial Relations work.

Key responsibilities will include;

  • Develop employee relations and collective consultation strategy that is aligned with business needs

  • Define and manage the approach and relationship with the union officials

  • Recommend and co-ordinate organisational change solutions including consultation, pay deals and redundancy programmes

  • Take ownership for all employment policies and employment contracts including the employee lifecycle ensure that they are servicing the business efficiency whilst reflecting the ethos and culture of the business

  • Manage the HR Ops team monitoring trends in employment practices and advise on appropriate proactive action

As the successful candidate you will have experience of working in an organisation with multiple contracts in play. You will demonstrate a depth of knowledge across strategic industrial Relations and Employee Relations having worked in a business with a large unionised workforce with collective bargaining agreements in place and full time Union Officials.

In addition to this you will also have the experience and be able to demonstrate your ability to successfully lead a broader HR operations team.

Ideally candidates will have a background in the utilities, transport, distribution or engineering industries. You will be a skilled leader, effective communicator and consummate influencer, working collaboratively across the organisation in a transparent and open manner and with impressive stakeholder engagement skills.


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