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Employee Relations Manager

Vacancy Details

Salary: BSP 35,750 and STP £39,000 per annum
Location: Boston Spa or St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Chief Operating Officers Portfolio
Category: Human Resources
Closing Date: 23/01/2022
Date Posted: 20/01/2022
Reference: 03974


Full Time, Fixed Term till end December 2022


An exciting opportunity to join the British Library in a newly created role as Employee Relations Manager working closely with the People Team and reporting into the Head of Generalist HR/ER.

You will build a clear, concise and legally compliant people policy framework that supports delivery of the Library’s Living Knowledge and People Strategies.  Working in partnership with the Senior HR Advisor (Policy) and Trade Unions to implement revised people policies, ensuring they are future proofed, legally compliant and that they are accessible and enabling. 


Prioritising policies that will enable and support the implementation of the HR Payroll Project in 2022.


Working closely with the Anti-racism project team, our bullying and harassment action plan, and staff survey to ensure our policies support and drive our key projects and initiatives.


Key areas of responsibility


  • To support the Library’s commitment to good employee relations by facilitating the communication and constructive consultation with Trade Unions.
  • Work with subject matter experts (SMEs) and Senior HR Advisor (Policy) to complete a comprehensive review and revision of all people policies.
  • To support the Anti-Racism project team in the creation, adoption and adaption of policies to support us with being and anti-racist organisation.
  • To work closely with TUs and other stakeholders internally and externally to implement change in the way we approach and develop our people policies and processes.
  • Engage with the staff networks and other stakeholders to understand how People Policies can support our people.
  • Ensure all updated policies are legally compliant.
  • Work with Trade Unions to deliver the Bullying & Harassment Action Plan as it relates to policies, to support and drive change in behaviour and culture.
  • Consult with TUs on a communication plan for implementation of new policies


To be successful in this role you will have the following :


·       Excellent knowledge and experience of employee relations, employment law and trade union negotiations 

·       Experience of managing complex employee relations issues

·       Change Management experience

·       Excellent interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills

·       A good understanding of how Trade Unions operate within the Public Sector

·       Experience of interpreting employment law to write clear, concise and legally compliant people policies

·       Strong written communication skills and knowledge of different communication channels and methodologies

·       Diagnostic skills, anticipates problems and risks and takes action to deal with them

·       People management experience and skills


The People Team are based in St Pancras, London and Boston Spa, Yorkshire.  The role will require occasional travel between the two sites.


As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. At present we have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We make our collections and programmes available to all. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 20.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work yourhours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref: 03974


Closing date: 23 January 2022


Interview date: TBC



We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route

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Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy


In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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