Employee Relations Policy Advisor

Arla Foods Limited
Leeds / Hybrid Working
Competitive salary, Bonus, Private Health Care, Opportunity to buy additional holidays
Closing date
13 Feb 2022

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Contract Type
HR/ Resourcing
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
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At Arla, we do so much more than make some of the world’s favourite dairy products. We make healthy taste delicious, mornings worth getting up for and family dinners unforgettable. Cravendale®, Anchor®, Lurpak® and Tickler® – names like these make us a vital, natural part of modern life in over 100 countries around the world. We are 4,000 UK and 19,000 global employees at the heart of it.  Every single one of us plays an important role and together we build on our 10bn Euros turnover and establish our position as one of the largest dairy companies in the world.

An opportunity now exists for a talented Employee Relations Policy Advisor to join our HR function based in our UK Head Office in Leeds. 

Reporting directly to the UK Employee Relations Manager  in Leeds you will partner with the UK HR team on all aspects of ER case management and work closely with our Operations Teams across our UK sites to support the Employee Relations Manager with a challenging ER agenda for our 4,000 UK employees.

This role would be perfect for a strong HR Advisor or HR Manager who has a real passion for all things Employee Relations and is keen to carve out a career as a knowledge expert and specialist in a global and fast paced organisation.

If you bring the passion, skills and dedication we will support you in growing in this role with clear career progression and a great team environment!

Areas of responsibility:

  • Be the first point of contact for complex ER case queries in a small but dedicated ER team
  • Responsible for delivering a robust ER case management advice service to various stakeholders on UK employment legislation matters and practice, ensuring consistent and expert advice and guidance is given on a range of complex ER matters.
  • Assessing ER cases in terms of risk and possible solutions with the aim of reducing reoccurring issues through case analysis and proactive interventions where possible
  • Support / lead on ER aspects of HR / Business projects and change activity to ensure compliance with legal and policy requirements.
  • Supporting the ER Lead with all UK Employment Legislation matters at a national, and where required international level.
  • Lead and support on the creation of harmonised HR policies and procedures from engagement with key stakeholder through to final communications and implementation.
  • Support in increasing people management capability by provide coaching, professional support, training and support materials for line managers in order to strengthen their knowledge of  UK Employment matters and collective agreements.
  • Provide coaching and professional support for line managers in order to strengthen their knowledge of  UK Employment matters and collective agreements.
  • Maintain, update and advise on company policy and terms and conditions.  
  • Supporting the UK ER lead in all national and local negotiations required including, change management processes, collective consultations and pay award discussions.
  • Supporting with the resolution of any industrial disputes both locally and nationally.
  • Support with the implementation of Arla Global Employee Relations processes, procedures and tools.
  • Monitor ER procedures, policies and processes to ensure they are effective and applied across the organisation and feedback recommendations for improvements to the ER Manager.
  • Support in coordinating ER issues between Corporate, Global and Local HR Business Partners.
  • Support the ER Manager to provide a proactive ER Service by keeping up to date with upcoming legislative and employment practice developments to anticipate trends and changes that may impact the business                     
  • Support the ER Manager as directed with the business preparations for all collective bargaining processes
  • Participate as required in collective bargaining process to support the ER Manager and UK Management Team.
  • Help to coordinate, plan and execute training sessions on ER topics for various stakeholders including Managers and HR Professionals.
  • Develop and maintain ER specific policies based on national legislation and collective agreements
  • Support in the planning and execution of activities and meetings in National Works Council  

The Person:

  • Ideally CIPD qualified to a minimum of level 5 with a proven record of managing and resolving complex ER cases
  • Experience of working within a unionised environment would be and advantage but is not essential
  • Past experience of working in a in a FMCG and / or Global Matrixed environment would be desirable but not essential
  • Someone who can demonstrate an excellent track record of being customer focused, working at pace and the ability to think pragmatically and deliver commercial advice
  • Comfortable with working in a hybrid work setting with a good working knowledge of MS Office and relevant HR systems
  • Ability to work on your own initiative and with confidence 
  • A strong problem solver with the ability to deliver pragmatic solutions
  • Ability to build working relationships quickly, influence stakeholders and push back when required
  • Ability to work remain clam when working under pressure and demonstrate resilience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders from the Senior Leadership Team to Frontline Colleagues.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit an application. 

Please note that this will be an ongoing search, the advert will close as soon as we find the right candidate so please do not delay in applying!


Chances are if you've added a splash of milk to your cuppa, buttered a slice of toast or added cream to your dessert today, you've already experienced Arla. After all, we're the leading supplier of fresh milk and cream to the top seven retailers and home to well-loved brands Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale milk. We’re also part of Arla Foods amba, a co-operative owned by approximately 9,400 Danish and Swedish milk producers and Europe's largest dairy company.

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