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Diageo Senior Employee Relations Specialist in Dublin, Ireland

Job Description :

Who are we?

Diageo’s ambition is to create the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products company in the world. We’re recruiting for a Senior Employee Relations Specialist and the purpose of the role is to ensure that we have the right conditions in place to enable us to brilliantly execute the strategy by creating a high performing organisation where people can perform at their best. As a Senior Employee Relations Specialist you’ll ensure that we have a culture and values that foster a positive employee relations environment and ensures fair and respectful treatment of our employees based at St James’s Gate, Nangor Road, Storehouse alongside field based employees.

This role will be responsible for the employees relations agenda within the republic of Ireland which includes Case Management, ER Capability Development, change management and collective consultation with employee representatives.

Purpose of the role

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.

The role…

  • 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.

Who are you?

We’d love to hear from you if you’re passionate about Employee Relations and can bring some of this experience to the role…

  • 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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St James Gate

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As a global leader in beverage alcohol, our 200+ brands are part of everyday celebrations in over 180 countries. Our ambition? We want to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world.

Ever since Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000 year lease on a Dublin brewery, some 250 years ago, we became a business that is defined by the character of the people who work here. It took immense character from Alexander Walker to convince the captains of every ship in the port of Glasgow to take crates of Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world. Today, nothing’s changed.

We’re proud to be more than 30,000 talented people. While they make our iconic brands ever stronger around the world, we help them go further than they thought possible. In fact, we’re helping to define their career growth through stretching roles and exciting development opportunities.

Diageo is where you’ll find a wide variety of personalities, experiences and perspectives, wherever you’re based in the world. It makes for a stimulating and rewarding working environment, where everyone can flourish.