Senior Associate - HR Policy Specialist

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Location M4 3AQ​, CF14 3UZ, G2 7JD
Salary £40,160.36
Team People Team
  • Closing: 3:12pm, 1st Aug 2023 BST

Job Description

About us

We are Britain’s national equality regulator and a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ national human rights institution.

We uphold people’s rights without fear or favour. We use the full force of our legal powers to defend people from unfair or unequal treatment and to challenge breaches of the law. We advise on developing laws and provide guidance, training and support to enable compliance.

We bring people together to create change. We work with employers, governments and a wide range of organisations, to promote understanding of equality and human rights and we support them to make improvements in practice.

Our new strategy for 2022-25 gives us a strong platform to show that we will use our powers to protect and promote equality and human rights, and that we have identified the main challenges in society where we can make a difference in our role as a regulator.

Important information about this campaign

We will be continuously reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate. While there is no official closing date, we encourage interested individuals to apply at their earliest convenience to ensure consideration.

About the role

Are you ready for a career advancement opportunity that allows you to develop your expertise and passion about developing policies that empower managers and enhance employee experiences? If so, we have an exciting 12 month opportunity for an HR Policy Specialist to join our team at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

As an integral part of our People Team you will play a pivotal role in shaping and modernising our HR policies and procedures, work collaboratively with stakeholders and contribute to the full policy cycle.

This role is an ideal career opportunity for an HR Advisor, Business Partner or manager who possesses in-depth knowledge of HR policies and procedures to take a significant step forward in their professional journey.

As our HR Policy Specialist, reporting to the Head of People and collaborating closely with our HR Business Partners, you will have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution and play a crucial role in creating a supportive and inclusive work environment where our employees can thrive.

 You will

  • HR Policy Lead: As our HR Policy Specialist, you will play a pivotal role in a key project focused on reviewing and developing a suite of cutting-edge HR policies, processes, and toolkits. Your contributions will directly contribute to improving our managers' capabilities and elevating our overall employee experience over the next 12 months.

  • Full Policy Cycle Ownership: You will have end-to-end responsibility for the policy cycle, including evidence collection, design, consultation, and implementation. In addition, you will conduct thorough equality considerations when necessary. This comprehensive ownership will allow you to showcase your expertise and contribute to building a positive employee experience.

  • Collaboration and Relationship Building: Your success in this role will rely on building and nurturing relationships with various stakeholders, including trade unions, employee forums, and networks. By establishing trust and confidence, you will provide insightful solutions and address challenges, ensuring that our people policies align with our organization's needs and create a supportive employee experience.

  • Engage in Employee Relations: In addition to the policy project, you will collaborate with our team to drive effective employee relations. This will involve regular engagement with trade unions and staff forums, providing support for associated activities and work plans, and fostering strong partnerships to promote harmonious working relationships.

  • Continuous Growth and Development: We value staying ahead of the curve in HR best practices and employment legislation. By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to remain up to date with the latest industry developments, apply best practices, and contribute to a culture of continuous improvement.


In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a range of benefits including flexible working patterns, 30 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (full time FTE), access to the Civil Service Pension Scheme and partnership pension schemes, and enhanced parental leave benefits. More information can be found in the candidate pack.

How to apply

For this role, please submit your information and detailed CV outlining your suitability for the position. You can do this by clicking 'Start your application'. We will use your CV to assess your knowledge, skills and experience against the criteria and core skills in the Candidate Pack which will help us decide whether to invite you to the next stage of the recruitment process.

We will be continuously reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate. While there is no official closing date, we encourage interested individuals to apply at their earliest convenience to ensure consideration.

If you encounter any problems with Applied or have a question about the recruitment process, please contact Becky Roberts, HR & Recruitment Officer,

Disability Confident Leader

As a Disability Confident Leader, the Equality and Human Rights Commission offers an interview for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004) and who meet the minimum criteria for this appointment.

Where high numbers of applications are received, the candidates that best meet the minimum criteria for the role may only be invited to interview. If you wish to apply for consideration under this scheme, please complete the appropriate section on the online application form. This will enable us to make the appropriate arrangements, if necessary.

If you require an alternative accessible version of the application form or wish to discuss your application or reasonable adjustment – please contact us by email at or by telephone on 0161 829 8100

Diversity in our workforce

At the Commission, we are proud of our respectful workplace that values the contribution of all our staff, whatever their background.  We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. We welcome applications from everyone to ensure we achieve a balanced representation in our workforce in all grades.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Tue 1st Aug 2023


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 1st Aug 2023