Employment Relations Programme Manager

You will lead the delivery of specific work programme objectives that support national pay, reward, and terms and conditions of service for NHS staff.
  • Agile working with regular travel to Leeds and London

  • Permanent. Full time, flexible working considered.

  • £36,150 – £42,400

About the Role 

As an Employment Relations Programme Manager, you will manage and lead the delivery of specific work programme objectives that support national pay, reward, and terms and conditions of service for NHS staff. This will include the NHS Job evaluation scheme and equal pay and equality issues.

Reporting to the Head of Employment Relations, the post holder will:

  • establish key relationships with stakeholders, trade union representatives, and NHS managers,
  • undertake specialist research,
  • provide expert advice and directly support the development of national policy, and
  • delivering activities that support key work programme objectives.

The post holder for Job Evaluation and Workforce will proactively represent the interests of employers in the NHS on issues related to the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme programme of work, supporting the implementation of changes in policy where agreed.

The post holder for Employer Engagement and Support will work closely with the other employment relation managers to develop employer resources to support our work programmes areas.

About You


  • Have practical experience in providing expert advice on reward and employment relations issues. (Expert)
  • Have a proven track record of developing, managing, and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. (Leading)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NHS workforce policy issues and the possible employment relations and reward interventions (Bold)
  • Can demonstrate effective verbal, written and presentational skills when conveying complex information to a variety of audiences. (Assured)
  • Have proven experience of working individually, and as part of a team, when delivering competing work priorities under pressure (Leading)


  • Have experience of effective partnership working with Trades Unions in the NHS or other sectors (Respect)
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of job evaluation (Expert)
  • Can demonstrate effective negotiation expertise (Expert)

About Us

The NHS Confederation is 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.

The NHS Confederation is committed to being a flexible employer. We understand the value and benefit to our employees being able to work flexibly and our agile working principles are designed to empower our people to work with optimal flexibility and minimal constraints to 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 (plus bank holidays), pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice schemes and travel season ticket loans.

  • Managing work programmes

    To put in place systems to ensure the effective delivery of agreed employment relations work programme outcomes, to include:

    • Developing and agreeing programme plans with programme commissioners, including an engagement plan, that identify key priorities, feedback on delivery and provision of evaluation evidence of the impact of outcomes.

    • Working with the internal communications team develop and maintain appropriate media and communications plans.

    • Lead on the development and ongoing delivery of the NHS job evaluation scheme, with responsibility for overseeing the provision of the job evaluation training courses for NHS organisations.

    • Support national negotiations with trades unions, attending meetings, drafting amendments and, when appropriate, discussing and agreeing texts with employer and trade union representatives

    Employer and stakeholder engagement

    • In collaboration with the NHS Employers’ National Engagement Service (NES), develop activities to inform employers of national developments on job evaluation, pay and reward, and policy and statutory changes; ensuring that the views and priorities of employers in the NHS are considered in all agreed work programme deliverables.

    • Establish, develop, and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders, working closely with the DHSC, the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, employers in England and other key partners. Resource development

    • Develop and manage resources to support employers to support work programme activities, including developing briefings and other supporting resources, along with frequently asked questions for the NHS Employers website.

    • Develop and manage web content on job evaluation, pay and employment relations issues for the NHS Employers website.

    • Identify opportunities for new income generation within the work area based on information obtained from contacts with the NHS. 

    Provide guidance and advice to employers and national stakeholders on:

    • job evaluation and equal pay

    • reward and terms and conditions of service; and employment relations issues

    • respond to enquiries from NHS organisations, DHSC and other national stakeholders. Team working

    • Work with and deputise for Heads of Service areas, as appropriate, on designated projects.

    • Line management or supervision of team members, contributing to their development, including staff appraisal and development in the team.

    • Work with other programme leads to ensure delivery of the whole of the DHSC main contract work programme

  • • Up to date knowledge and understanding of employment relations and reward issues covering pay, terms and conditions, and job evaluation, with some experience and understanding of these issues in large complex and unionised environments; able to relate this knowledge to the main challenges and issues facing the NHS workforce.

    • Strong programme and project planning skills, with the ability to apply project planning principles to the delivery of project objectives, reporting and governance requirements.

    • Able to demonstrate understanding and sound judgement when dealing with politically sensitive or complex issues, with the authority, intellect, and knowledge, to confidently communicate complex and sometimes difficult messages and recommendations to more senior colleagues and officials (internal and external stakeholders).

    • Well-developed planning, negotiations and relationship building skills, with the ability to present strong recommendations in a timely manner, including outlining options that have been considered alongside costs, benefits, and risks.

    • Commitment to joined up team working within own team and across the wider ERR directorate and NHS Employers organisation, to establish professional relationships with a range of key stakeholders (internal and external) and to collaborate with these stakeholders to share information, resources, and support.

    • Have experience of effective partnership working with Trades Unions in the NHS or other sectors (Respect)
    • Can demonstrate an understanding of job evaluation (Expert)
    • Can demonstrate effective negotiation expertise (Expert)

Apply Now

Please see the Recruitment Pack for more information and complete the application form.

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 Alexander van Rees to arrange a call.

Application deadline: 03 October 2021 (23:55)

Interview date: w/c 18 October 2021

All applications must be received by 11.59pm 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.