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Employee Relations Manager

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated and innovative individuals to join our Employee Relations (ER) team. We are looking to recruit to two full time substantive posts.

Working in a busy and challenging environment, you will provide expert HR advice and work closely with managers and senior stakeholders on a wide range of employee relations issues. Supported by an ER Advisor, you will be responsible for a large, complex portfolio of ER casework, providing a high quality service whilst embedding best practice HR solutions across the Trust to line managers to provide safe and consistent advice and process. You will also contribute to the continual improvement and innovative systems that play a pivotal role in driving forward the People Plan.

You will ideally be CIPD qualified, have significant experience of managing complex and sensitive employee relations cases, have a sound knowledge of employment law and demonstrate the ability to work with trade unions in a partnership role.

With strong people management skills, you will be driven by high standards, be resilient, confident, approachable, and professional with strong and visible leadership and a flexibleapproach to working. Experience of working within a unionised environment will be an advantage.

Main duties of the job

You will work in partnership with senior managers to provide specialist, comprehensive, high quality advice and guidance on operational HR issues in line with the latest employment law, Trust policy and good practice.

You will undertake project work and deliver bespoke and corporate training programmes.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on the 21st May 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on the 3rd June 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • CIPD qualified or equivalent proven HR skills and experience.
  • Evidence of further professional/personal development.



  • Specialist experience of dealing with complex employee relations cases (e.g. change management/ grievance/ disciplinary etc).
  • Experience of staff management, performance management and development.
  • Experience of training design and delivery.
  • Experience of workforce information systems.


  • Experience of working in Human Resources in a healthcare setting or other public service.
  • Experience of working in a unionised environment.
  • Experience of organisational change, workforce planning and redesign, pay and reward.
  • Experience of TUPE.
  • Experience of undertaking Agenda for Change grading reviews/ job evaluation.
  • Experience of coaching.



  • Understanding of confidentiality and data protection.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.
  • A thorough understanding of employee relations issues.
  • A strong working knowledge of employment legislation.


  • Knowledge of the Trust including awareness of priorities.
  • Knowledge of NHS terms and conditions.
  • Knowledge of the Trust's HR policies and procedures.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.



  • Ability to organise and manage own time, keeping to schedule and deadlines.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight timescales.
  • Political awareness and sensitivity.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team as well as the ability to use own initiative and work autonomously.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including telephone, email, face to face able to draft well written and reasoned cases, investigation and appeal reports.
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence at all levels.
  • Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to deliver bespoke management training.
  • Able to evaluate situations, solve problems and assimilate information quickly.
  • Computer literate.
  • Responsive and outcome driven.
  • Able to deal with emotionally difficult and challenging situations.
  • Able to identify, interpret and analyse Workforce reports, financial reports, complex legal decisions and case law.


  • Ability to present data and produce reports utilising advanced functionality within Excel.
  • Strategic awareness ability to align Workforce activities with the wider Trust and Divisional objectives.
  • Project management.
  • Proven coaching, facilitation and mediation skills.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division Corporate

Hills Road



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