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Employee Relations Specialist


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:              Employee Relations Specialist 
Location:              Plymouth, Devon + Hybrid Working Arrangements (if applicable)
Compensation:    £36,620.00 + Benefits
Role Type:           Full time / 52 week Fixed Term Contract 
Role ID:               SF58457


At Babcock we’re working to create a safe and secure world, together, and if you join us, you can play your part as an Employee Relations Specialist at our Devonport Royal Dockyard site.


The role
As an Employee Relations Specialist, you’ll have a role that’s out of the ordinary. You will be tasked with giving advice across varying disciplines, such as: absence management, flexible working, disciplinaries, grievances, performance management, employee welfare and much more in a highly unionised environment.

Day-to-day, you’ll provide advice and guidance to line management regarding general HR issues and policy such that all queries are resolved and line management are informed of the appropriate company policy, procedure and/or course of action 


  • Interpret and/or develop HR policies and procedures in the light of changing company requirements and in line with evolving HR best practise, ensure employees and line management are kept fully aware and appraised of their legal obligation and the approach of the business to HR matters 
  • Provide operational advice on a range of employment and performance issues. Including investigation and resolution of all stage disciplinary and grievances, and all other case work in line with company policy 
  • Ensure the company sickness and performance management policies are implemented through supporting employees and line management, monitor/report on long term sickness and administer the long-term disability scheme, facilitating coaching and mentoring and performance improvement plans and providing advice where appropriate such that an efficient and timely service is provided 
  • Provide support to the HR department, as required, such that departmental obligations and objectives are achieved 


This role is full time, 35 hours per week and provides hybrid working arrangements with 3 days in the office/onsite and 2 days working from home.


Essential experience of the Employee Relations Specialist:

  • Have prior experience of working autonomously as the Employee Relations expert within a complex global organisation. 
  • Be self-confident, approachable, and proactive in the way you carry out your work. 
  • Have an excellent understanding and knowledge of ER, employment law and relevant legislation, with an awareness of the importance of keeping up to date. 
  • Have current working experience of operating in a Unionised environment. 
  • Be commercially and data driven, with a pragmatic and innovative approach to ER whilst delivering proactive direction and solutions, independently and collectively.


Qualifications for the Employee Relations Specialist:

  • Membership to the CIPD and would benefit from holding or working towards a Level 5 CIPD qualification or equivalent experience. 


Security Clearance
The successful candidate must be able to achieve and maintain Standard (BPSS) security clearance for this role.


Many of the positions within our company are subject to national security clearance and Trade Control restrictions. This means that your eligibility for certain roles may be affected by your place of birth, nationality, current or former citizenship, and any residency you hold or have held. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels - GOV.UK (


What we offer 

  • Generous holiday allowance 
  • Contributory Pension scheme, with life assurance
  • Employee share scheme 
  • Employee shopping savings portal
  • Payment of Professional Fees
  • Reservists in the armed forces receive 10-days special paid leave 
  • Holiday Trading is a benefit that allows the majority of employees to buy additional leave or to sell up to one working week of annual leave from their annual entitlement
  • ‘Be Kind Day’ enables employees to take one working day's paid leave a year (or equivalent hours) to undertake volunteering work with their chosen organisation or registered charity
  • Flexible working – we give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met. 
  • Potential to develop skills.


Babcock International 
For over a century Babcock  has helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. 


We are a disability confident committed employer. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please email with the subject header ‘Reasonable adjustments requirement’. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working – please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.


Closing date: 22/07/2024


Job Segment: CSR, Management

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