Head of Workplace Relations Principal Officer - Osborne
Job Summary
  • Dublin
  • Contract FTC
  • 7th September 2023
  • €94,346
  • Ref ID: #38580

Job Description

  • Location: Dublin, Dublin
  • Type: Contract FTC
  • Job #38580
  • Salary: €94,346

Head of Workplace Relations Principal Officer

Osborne Executive Search is proud to partner with our client, a prestigious University in Dublin City Centre, who is looking for a Head of Workplace Relations (Principal Officer) for a one-year specified purpose contract.
This role plays a key role in facilitating and engaging with social partners and supporting the established IR Frameworks and Industrial Relations Forums in leading negotiations with the various trade unions and in managing industrial relations activities across the University. The Head of Workplace Relations will oversee the People Support portfolio including Employee Relations and People Services.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Reporting to the Head of HR (deputising for the Head as appropriate), and working as part of the senior HR Senior Management team the Head of Workplace relations has the following principal accountabilities in addition to the above:
  • Will contribute to the overall ongoing strategic development of HR in the company, with a particular focus on promoting good human resource management practices and fostering positive and collegial working relationships. The role will have input to HR Policy and Strategy Development.
  • Develop Workplace Relations as an influential, proactive service. This will involve the ongoing transformation of the workplace relations specialist team and the continued management and professional development of staff within the team. The role will include oversight of the transformation of the People Support Portfolio including Employee Relations and People Services.
  • Maintain a stable industrial relations environment by supporting the ongoing development of effective Industrial Relations frameworks for the management of Workplace Relations activities.
  • Represent the University at Workplace Relations Commission and other third-party hearings with responsibility for coordinating, preparing, and representing cases including reports and submissions.
  • Facilitate, develop, promote, and maintain an effective and open internal communication strategy and conflict resolution strategies. Develop effective problem-solving mechanisms as required to facilitate remedies and solutions to work related issues and problems.
  • Interpret and provide best practice advice while ensuring the university complies with current employment legislation, and manage the relationships between the university and external legal service providers and other external providers as appropriate.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills,
talent and abilities as outlined below:

  • A primary degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations or other related discipline.
  • A masters degree in an appropriate discipline (or an approved equivalent qualification).
  • 7 years proven experience in Human Resources, at least 3 years of which is in Industrial Relations.
  • An in-depth and practical knowledge of employment legislation.
  • Detailed working knowledge and understanding of IR best practice and experience of applying it in a public sector and/or third level education environment.
  • Demonstrated experience of providing support and guidance to Managers and other members of staff on complex disciplinary and grievance cases.
  • Experience of leading change or transformation initiatives in large organisations.
  • Demonstrable initiative and capacity to deliver complex competing projects.
  • Experience in the utilization of professional HRIS and other IT systems, embracing advancements in technology to support HR analysis and reporting.

Great remuneration package and benefits included.

For further information please contact and send your updated CV to Stefan Ion in confidence at [email protected] if you are interested in finding out more about the role and would like to be considered.
If you are living in Ireland and hold a VALID WORK PERMIT, we would love to hear from you, if however, you do not hold a valid work permit unfortunately we will not be in a position to assist you with your job search. 
Osborne are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer



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    Job Summary
    • Dublin
    • Permanent
    • Nov 17, 2022
    • Competitive
    • Ref ID: 123456