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Employee Relations Specialist

Reading, Reading, England, United Kingdom +1

Due to internal promotion, we are looking for a passionate Employee Relations Specialist to join our People Team. This is a full-time role, Monday to Friday, on a 12-month FTC. We’d love it if you could come to our Leamington and Reading sites on a regular basis, but are open to discussions around hybrid working arrangements, so you have flexibility to work in a way that’s best for you – we want to make it work wherever you are based.


Working within our newly designed employee relations function, you’ll join a small team of ER Specialists to further enhance our employee experience and make a difference to supporting individuals with sight loss to live the lives they choose.


As an Employee Relations Specialist, you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Build and maintain influential, collaborative, and trusted relationships internally with management and teams to enable them to achieve organisational objectives through their people. Proactively identifying potential issues to prevent escalation and provide advice, interventions, guidance and coaching to employees and managers.
  • Take ownership for all ER activity within our Skills, Information and Support Services, working with managers to support the resolution of employee relations cases to troubleshoot and minimise the potential outcome risks for the organisation.
  • Drive and support the maintenance of effective employee relations and change frameworks so that employee communication, experience and engagement are properly considered and supported.

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • Proven employee relations and change experience, entailing resolution of complex issues up to and including dismissal and employment tribunals.
  • Proven ability to build highly effective and collaborative working relationships with line managers, employees and peers.
  • Proven ability to coach managers & the wider HR team in order to develop their capability and reach positive outcomes.


What’s in it for you?

No two people with sight loss are the same, and none of our people are either. So, we are proud to offer a range of person-centred provisions that can support each member of staff in ways that really mean something to them – and show them how much they mean to us. View our excellent range of benefits and how we can support via the following link


How to apply

Further details on the full role, our recruitment process, and some top tips to help your application are attached below. When you are ready to apply, submit an online application form via this page by 30th November 2023. 


Don’t leave applying to the last minute as we may close this advert earlier than advertised.


We welcome applications from all sections of the community and all candidates, and employees, receive equal and fair treatment regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality.


We are proud to be a disability confident employer, and we encourage applications from people with disabilities. Find out more about diversity at Guide Dogs via the following link


Questions & accessibility support

If you have any questions about this role or require any accessibility support to apply our friendly recruitment team is ready and waiting to help. Call them on 0118 3540345 or drop an email to [email protected].



Guide Dogs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom we work. We expect all of our employees and volunteers to demonstrate this commitment.

Fixed Term

£42,000 - £45,000 per annum + benefits

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