Policy and Employee Relations Manager

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

As a  Policy and Employee Relations Manager you will have responsibility for the UKAEA Employment Policy Framework, and all People related policy matters.  You will also lead on engagement with the recognised Trades Union at both a local and national level and, as such, will need to build and maintain constructive working relationships.

This role will allow you to provide subject matter expertise to the People Strategy Team and wider People Department on all People policy and employee relations matters. You will ensure that all People policies are effectively communicated and embedded, and are inclusive and accessible to all employees.

If you are a confident negotiator, influential when engaging and communicating with others and process driven and you have knowledge of employee relations and trade union experience, then we would like to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Undertake a review of current policies, and define, implement and manage a plan to update them, create new ones and archive obsolete ones, which will then form the UKAEA People Policy Framework to be maintained and updated moving forward. 
  • Ensure policy changes take place in the context of the wider employment framework.
  • Establish and follow a rolling timetable for the review and refresh of all People policies so that they meet legislative requirements, they reflect HR best practice, they are streamlined and user-friendly, and they underpin the strategic needs of the organisation.
  • Lead and support the ongoing engagement with Trades Union colleagues, including all negotiations and consultations, developing excellent relationships at a local and national level, and working to achieve consensus at all times to the benefit of the organisation and its people.
  • Where possible and practical, ensure all new People policies are non-contractual, and lead on an exercise to remove, where appropriate, all existing policies from the Conditions of Employment Manual, which forms part of contractual terms and conditions of employment.
  • At all times work in a highly collaborative fashion with colleagues in the People Department, including policy owners and stakeholders, and more broadly, in the work to review, refresh and produce new policies, so the approach is an holistic one, incorporating input from all People specialisms and a wide range of views.
  • Ensure that the Strategic People Business Partners and People Advisors are appropriately equipped with guidance material to effectively support employees and line managers with the interpretation and application of policies.


£43,396 to £46,293 excellent benefits including outstanding pension
People (HR)
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 02/07/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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