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Employee Relations and Policy Specialist - Leeds

At Arla, we do so much more than make some of the world’s favourite dairy products. We make healthy taste delicious, mornings worth getting up for and family dinners unforgettable. Cravendale®, Anchor®, Lurpak® and Tickler® – names like these make us a vital, natural part of modern life in over 100 countries around the world. We are 4,000 UK and 19,000 global employees at the heart of it.  Every single one of us plays an important role and together we build on our 10bn Euros turnover and establish our position as one of the largest dairy companies in the world.


An opportunity now exists for a talented Employee Relations Policy Specialist to join our HR function based in our UK Head Office in Leeds. 

Reporting directly to our Head of HR Operations in Leeds you will partner with the UK HR Leadership team and lead the agenda for our 4,000 UK employees.


Areas of Responsibility:


  • Responsible for handling all labour legislation related issues at national level

                 such as organisational changes, implementation of new policies

  • Supporting negotiations such as industrial disputes both locally and nationally
  • Drive the implementation of Arla Global Employee Relations processes, procedures and tools
  • Participate in the development and implementation of ER procedures, policies and processes
  • Monitor ER procedures, policies and processes to ensure they are effective and applied across the organisation
  • Coordinate ER issues between Corporate, Global and Local HR Business Partners
  • Inform national payroll on changes in agreements and legislation
  • Drive company preparation prior to collective bargaining together with local management
  • Participate in collective bargaining process
  • Provide professional support for managers and strengthen their knowledge re. labour legislation and collective agreement
  • Plan and execute training sessions for managers in Arla Foods
  • Develop and maintain personnel policies based on national legislation and collective agreements
  • Responsible for planning and execution of activities and meetings in National Works Council  
  • Participate in the development of GEC’s global strategies and processes


 Functional competencies:


  • Extensive experience in applying labour legislation within a matrix organisation
  • Experience in handling both management and blue colour workforces and their representatives internally and externally
  • Strong negotiation, influencing and presentation skills


General competencies:


  • Degree educated or qualified in a relevant HR field
  • Specific experience within the Employee Relations practice
  • Specific training within labour legislation


To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit an application. For more information please contact Melanie Williams – Talent Partner at


COVID-19 Notice:

We are busy producing dairy products so we can continue #fillingtheshelves and #feedingthenation. Recruiting talent to Arla thus stays one of our top priorities also during these difficult times. Necessity is the mother of invention, so we have moved to virtual hiring and onboarding processes for most of our recruitments to enable candidates and our recruitment teams to get close while respecting social distancing. If at the final stages of a recruitment, a candidate would prefer to meet in person, we take all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone's safety.



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