Employment Practice Consultant - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £50,866 per annum
Closing date: 29 Jan 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 10344
Role: Human Resources
About the role

Employment Practice Consultant

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £50,866 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 29th January 2023

The Opportunity

We need our future employment practice to drive our performance standards, reflect the changing landscape of employment law, and empower our managers to easily understand and apply those standards in ways that are accessible to everyone.

This role will lead on delivering innovative employment standards and practice as a subject matter expert to enable leaders and their teams to perform to the best of their ability, and able to adapt to change. As such, this role operates as an agent for change by challenging current strategy and influencing the organisation in offering alternative solutions.

This role needs a balance of pragmatism with an understanding of leading-edge (digital) people management policy approaches and deep professional insight. The role will need to think radically about the expectation standards of behaviours as a condition of employment of Essex County Council as an employer and those of our employees, supporting our diversity and inclusion agenda and aligned to delivery of our People plan and organisational strategy

It will involve working collaboratively with colleagues across People and Transformation, supporting the delivery of projects across the function and can range from the development of policy in response to a legal or business change to leading a specific review or creation of a major process and/or implementation of a changed process.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area, such as CIPD qualified of other post graduate qualification in human resources.
  • Deep understanding of HR functions, practice and procedure in a modern HR environment together with experience in a complex, unionised environments.
  • Sound knowledge of employment law and evidence of being able to develop and interpret Employment Policy and Practice.
  • Ability to gather, analyse and present on ER related communications and feedback.
  • Record of achievement as an HR practitioner in a large organisation delivering subject matter expertise, policy and procedure aligned to corporate goals
  • Evidence of expertise in creating appropriate standards for the business understanding and introducing innovative digital solutions
  • Relationship management, with proven ability to develop strong, mutually beneficial relations with external and internal networks and stakeholders
  • Proven practical experience and working knowledge of project management principles within an HR context
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent by experience.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

  • Contribute to high level research and analysis, to ensure that our employment standards are continuously improved to support Essex County Council in achieving its objectives.
  • Act as the subject matter expert in reviewing the development of employment policy and practice ensuring these translate into coherent and accessible standards for the business.
  • Manage complex issues that meet the needs of customers and deliver the best possible outcomes.
  • Continued professional Development in forward thinking on proposed legislation changes; Identifying the impact to the organisation and mitigating risk though planning ahead.
  • Provide timely and pro-active responses to changes in legislation and business need across Essex County Council.
  • Work collaboratively with other specialists to develop both broad expertise and professional networks.
  • Actively take the lead in the sharing and building of knowledge across the HR community including the provision of workshops and training for relevant employees and the development of tools for further support and guidance.
  • Work collaboratively with People Business Partners and People Consultants to ensure that our Employment Practice is appropriate for our current and future business context and desired culture.
  • Support the Employment Standards and Equalities Lead with any Industrial relations and other People Relations matters as necessary.
  • Communicate at a high level across the whole of Essex County Council, managing stakeholders effectively to implement change.
  • Build strong relationships with key customers, seeking formal and informal feedback on solutions delivered.
  • Maintain a good level of business knowledge, and knowledge of wider HR strategies, policies and procedures outside People relations and Reward.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

To read more about us please visit: People & Transformation

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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