Senior Employee Relations Specialist

Diageo - Dublin, Ireland

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Job Description

The purpose of the role is to create a rewarding workplace culture in Republic of Ireland that attracts first-class talent, promotes a high performance culture and provides leadership and direction to delivery of the employee relations agenda within the Republic of Ireland. The role holder will work in partnership with Line Managers and HR Business Partners to deliver the business ambition within each of the business areas by effectively leading the employee relations dimensions associated with achieving that. This includes Individual Case Management (disciplinary investigations, Grievances, etc), Collective consultation (with employee representatives), Absence

Management (working closely with Occupational Health), Performance Management, Change Management and related capability building. The role also provides a policy leadership to ensure these meet business requirements, is relevant in today context, are market competitive and are in compliance with internal standards and employment legislation. This will require the individual to be close to the dynamics in organisation and emerging themes to ensure plans are in proactively shaped to address this.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement local employee relations and collective consultation strategies with union groups on critical employee relations matters and manage resolution with minimum business impact (continuity, cost, reputation).
  • This will require the individual to be close to the dynamics in organisation and emerging themes to ensure plans are in proactively shaped to address this.
  • Ensure all employment policies and employment contracts within the Republic of Ireland are legally compliant, are relevant and competitive in today’s context, whilst driving the culture and values of our business.
  • The role will lead on standardization and simplification of our HR policies and processes, leveraging both internal and external best practices.
  • Equally the role holder will provide SME advise on complex policy matters and provide coaching on its application with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Lead different change initiatives in support of our business ambition in partnership within business leaders, HRDs and HR business partners by effectively leading the employee relations dimensions associated with the change. Some project or initiatives will operate at a pan Europe level to drive a one Europe approach to drive more consistency in our ways of working.
  • Provide leadership in all aspects of case management whereby we minimize the exposure of employment related litigation, by working with Line management, HRD’s, Legal and other related departments.
  • This would also include management of related legal proceedings and /or representation in 3rd party forums (like labour court or work place relations commission).
  • Drive a High-Performance culture: Ensure adherence to performance management standards and tools and drives initiatives to deliver sustained performance.  Build ER capability and leadership across the organizations (HR Function and Line managers) alongside knowledge sharing via the structured cascade of employment law changes, case law etc.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Degree and/or CIPD qualified or equivalent in-depth experience.
  • Previous experience of ER case management.
  • Conflict resolution, policy development, negotiation planning and implementation.
  • Experience and knowledge in leading resolution on 3rd party disputes.
  • In depth knowledge and application of Policies and Irish Employment Law.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship management and communication skills and ability to apply at different levels in and outside the organisation (eg Leadership team, employees, employee representatives, 3rd party forums, etc).
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment and manage a variety of priorities and stakeholder groups.
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