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Head of Employee Relations and Organisational Change

HR Partnering Team
Salary:   £54,949 to £61,823
Closing Date:   Tuesday 23 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  0899-22

Lancaster University is an established thriving UK university with a world-class reputation for excellence in research, teaching and engagement. Lancaster is consistently ranked in the top universities in all three major UK league tables, and continues to build a growing reputation both nationally and internationally.

Our Lancaster University values believe in respecting each other by being open and fair and promoting diversity, we build strong communities by working effectively together in a supportive way and we create positive change by being ambitious in our learning, expertise and action. 

Our People and Operational Effectiveness (POE) team is dynamic, collegiate and looks after all aspects of the employee life cycle. The role of Head of Employee Relations and Organisational Change is a new role and offers an exciting opportunity to develop a specialist team. As a member of the POE leadership team, you will be project lead on the development of the Employee Relations Strategy, and have collective accountability for its delivery across the University as a whole. This role will also lead on Organisational Change projects and work closely with our HR Partnering team with a particular focus on re-structures, redundancy, and consultations across the University. 

The successful candidate will have an excellent track record of being involved in Employee Relations issues including casework and Employment Tribunals and show evidence of Organisational Change experience and working with Trade Unions. The post requires a transformative and sophisticated leader, someone who can create and develop a team that works collaboratively with all of its stakeholders, developing its strengths whilst creating a unified vision for the future of Employee Relations and Organisational Change across Lancaster University. 

Being part of the Lancaster University team means you can participate in our sector-leading suite of flexible benefits; the scheme provides employees with the opportunity to purchase benefits at discounted rates. These include • Pre-School Centre • Cycle to work scheme • Season ticket loan • Low emission cars • Shopping discounts • Dental insurance • Health cash plan • Sports Centre membership • Professional bodies’ membership fees • Car parking • Subsidised annual bus pass • Home technology • Buy additional annual leave.

In addition to our outstanding flexible benefits scheme, we are also offering a highly competitive reward package, the chance to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension and the opportunity to work flexibly, between home and campus, to support our commitment to our family-friendly and flexible working policies. 

This is a great opportunity to be part of a team that will set its own agenda and create a template for Employee Relations and Organisational Change throughout Lancaster University.

Applications should consist of a current CV and a covering letter, which should indicate how you fit the person specification and selection criteria questions.

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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