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Employee Relations Consultant (Maternity Cover)

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,205 - £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
19 May 2024

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About Us

The role of Employee Relations Consultant offers an exciting opportunity to work in the Human Resources (HR) department at King’s College London.  In HR we provide professional support and advice to more than 10,000 colleagues across the university on the full lifecycle of employment – from recruitment and retention to reward, recognition and career development.  We are proud to work with the university community to provide academic and professional excellence and an outstanding educational experience for our students.

Located at Lavington Street, part of the Guy’s campus, but with travel to other university sites required, we work in a hybrid model with a minimum of two days per week on site.

About the Role

As an Employee Relations (ER) Consultant you will play a pivotal role in providing expert advice and support to managers on a wide range of ER case issues. Working closely with an Employee Relations Coordinator you will lead on delivering effective solutions to complex employee relations matters, and ensuring a safe and compliant, but customer-focused, service to the Faculties or Departments you support.

You will work with managers on all employee relations casework activity, including matters related to conduct, performance, absence management and grievances. Additionally, you will act as the lead HR support for internal appeals processes and managing employment tribunal claims, working diligently to mitigate risks on behalf of the university.

You will also play a key role in collaborating closely with key stakeholders, including HR colleagues and senior management, to shape the university’s approach to employee relations including alternative conflict resolution. Integral to the role is using a coaching approach to supporting managers and training them to improve their competence and confidence with difficult people management issues to support the university’s values.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to make a significant difference to employee relations casework at King’s College London and to support managers in resolving people management issues at an early stage and to contribute to the university's Principles in Action.

This is a full-time post (35 hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 24th January 2025 to cover maternity leave.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. Up to date knowledge of employment law and employment practice and sound judgement in HR advice and employee relations. 
  2. Excellent influencing, negotiation and interpersonal skills, coupled with experience of building good relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels.
  3. The ability to act with a substantial degree of autonomy and discretion and being able to represent and promote the HR team.
  4. Experience of the management of multiple types of employee relations case work and advising managers on complex issues through to successful resolution.
  5. Demonstrable ability in coaching, briefing and training to large and small groups and one to one on employee relations and HR issues.
  6. Ability to think on one’s feet and make informed decisions and to think creatively in identifying solutions to employee relations issues and be results orientated.
  7. The ability to communicate concisely, effectively and persuasively in writing as well as verbally, with good attention to detail. 

Desirable criteria

  1. Completed or working towards CIPD qualification or post-graduate professional qualification in a related discipline.
  2. Degree level education or equivalent.
  3. Experience working in employee relations in a large, complex, unionised organisation.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held on week commencing 27 May

We are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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