Assistant Director - Employment Relations

An exciting opportunity to promote good employment relations and develop effective terms and conditions of employment across the NHS.
  • Agile working (with regular travel within the UK including Leeds and London)

  • Permanent - Full time 

  • £61,405 - £68,655 depending on experience

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to work at a national level, alongside colleagues in NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), to promote good employment relations and develop modern and effective terms and conditions of employment across the NHS.

As an Assistant Director in Employment Relations you will:

  • Provide professional remuneration, reward, and employment relations expertise and build capacity across the team.
  • Anticipate future legal and business changes, to identify, assess and manage risks enabling employers to implement solutions effectively and efficiently.
  • Develop plans and manage the delivery of work programmes to meet agreed KPIs.

About you 

We would love to hear from you if you have experience of:

  • representing an organisation’s or members’ views to policy makers and being able to adjust your approach accordingly.
  • shaping policy and influencing change in a complex or political environment.
  • leading and managing effective teams.
  • HR/workforce policy and practice at a senior level.
  • turning intelligence into insight to underpin our member offer

About Us

At the NHS Confederation we are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff. A place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of inclusive employment policies including family friendly policies and flexible working and we have range of channels to support staff from different backgrounds including our staff networks and a staff forum.

We are committed to being a flexible employer. We understand the value and benefit to our employees being able to work flexibly to respond to changing circumstances and we want to ensure we do as much as possible to help support a work life balance and take care of employee health and wellbeing.

You will receive an excellent benefits package, including 30 days annual leave, pension scheme, flexible working, salary sacrifice schemes and travel season ticket loans.

    • Provide professional and competent remuneration, reward, and employment relations expertise, to support the work of employers in the NHS.
    • Build, develop and maintain remuneration, reward, and employment relations capability within NHS Employers teams.
    •  Anticipate future legal and business changes, to identify, assess, manage, and mitigate risks sensibly so that employers can implement solutions effectively and efficiently.
    • Manage the internal governance arrangements in relation to the delivery of all work programmes. Welcome About our directorate The role Person specification Our offer Application process Dignity at work FAQs
    • Develop plans for the delivery of the work programmes including identifying interdependencies, managing risks, modelling the potential impacts on the wider organisation, determining resource requirements, and building in contingency where necessary.
    • Ensure relevant key performance indicators are agreed and evaluation mechanisms are developed and delivered for all work programmes.
    • Propose changes to own areas of programme delivery and make recommendations across NHS Employers for wider organisational changes.
  • Experience

    Experience of representing an organisation’s or members’ views to policy makers and being able to adjust your approach accordingly.

    • Experience of shaping policy and influencing change in a complex or political environment.

    • Experience of leading and managing people/teams. • Senior experience in HR/workforce policy and practice.

    • Experience of building effective relationships and working in partnership.

    • Experience of turning intelligence into insight to underpin member offer.

    • Governance and budget management experience.

    Knowledge

    • Broad understanding of how to deliver policy change in a complex political environment.

    Skills

    • Highly developed communication skills, including written and oral, with the ability to generate confidence with a wide range of stakeholders.

    • Influencing and negotiating skills.

    • Listening, engagement and facilitation skills.

    • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

    • Ability to prioritise and manage conflicting priorities.

    • Leadership skills to manage people and teams effectively.

  • • Experience of working in the health and care sector.

    • Experience of working with the press and media.

    • Experience of growing a funded service or member offer.

Apply Now

Complete the application form (see the Application Guide). You can find out more about this role in the Recruitment Pack.

Please note we do not accept CVs. If you require the application form in another format please contact us.

Completed application forms should be emailed to job applications.

For an informal discussion about the post and the NHS Confederation before applying please contact Andrea Hester at andrea.hester@nhsemployers.org

Application deadline: 11:55pm on Sunday 12th September

Interview date: w/c 27th September 2021

All applications must be received by 11.55pm on the day of the closing date unless specified. If your application is late, for whatever reason, there is no guarantee that we will be able to consider it.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to each applicant in person. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three week of the closing date, your application has not been successful.