Senior Manager - Employee Relations

Department:  Human Resources
City:  Leeds
Location:  GB

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.

  • Lead the provision of Employee Relations support across the EMEIA region
  • Ensure practical, expert and business focused advice is provided, while championing positive employee experience
  • Line manage the EMEIA ER team
  • Develop and implement effective policies, manager guides and training programmes for the region, to support self-service.


  • Deliver high quality employee relations advice and support across EMEIA, ensuring a consistent approach to ER practices. Balance practical, solution-oriented advice with ensuring fair treatment of employees, in line with local legislation and Company values.
  • Champion Employee Experience by ensuring equitable resolutions to employee and labour relations disputes.
  • Leverage ER as a catalyst for growth by supporting business reorganisations in full compliance with local laws and regulations, ensuring alignment to critical strategic and commercial objectives. 
  • Design and implement core employee policies and manager guides, supporting focus on building and retaining the best talent world-wide, ensuring polices are in line with organizational values and embedding positive culture.
  • Ensure effective ER training is provided for business leaders and HR colleagues on appropriate labour and leadership practices, in collaboration with the leadership development team,  to maintain a productive and effective workforce.
  • Collaborate with the Employment Legal team to ensure ER team maintains up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislative changes. 
  • Leverage data and analysis to identify emerging internal and external trends regarding organizational culture and employee issues. Work closely with the wider HR community to develop comprehensive, proactive plans and strategies to ensure a positive employee experience and mitigate the risk to the business. 
  • Build and maintain progressive working relationships with relevant Government bodies, employer federations and benchmarking groups. 
  • Develop effective partnerships and consult with business partners through the org including HRBPS, HR COEs, Asset & Profit Protection, Health & Safety. 
  • Significant experience of providing ER advice within the UK and across Europe
  • Comprehensive knowledge of employment law within UK, with experience in France and Italy a strong advantage
  • Proven track record of managing teams, preferably across multiple locations
  • Experience of managing ER advice through business change programmes
  • Ability to work effectively multiple stakeholders within a matrixed organisation 
  • Retail experience an advantage

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