EMEA Employee Relations Specialist
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Chester,United Kingdom
1d ago

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global Biopharma company committed to a single mission : to discover, develop, and deliver innovative medicines focused on helping millions of patients around the world in disease areas such as oncology, cardiovascular, immunoscience and fibrosis.

Join us and make a difference.We hire the best people and provide them with a work environment that places a premium on diversity, integrity, collaboration and personal development.

Through a culture of inclusion, we create a better, more productive work environment. We believe that the diverse experiences and perspectives of all our employees help to drive innovation and transformative business results.

Reports to : EMEA Regional Employee Relations Lead

Location : Chester UK

This position provides overall employee relations support for the company’s workforce in the EMEA Region.

This position will build strong relationships between Business Leaders, HR Business Partners at all levels, HR Law partners, and the Office of Compliance and Ethics teams.

Identify employee relations trends, recommend solutions and partner with all levels of HR management on execution. Partner with HR leaders to drive employee relations while maintaining a neutral position and consistent approach to BMS’s policies and procedures.

Minimize risk, align work to meet business needs and improve employee morale and culture. Build manager skill sets, provide advice, coach employees and managers.

Conduct, document and manage employee relations matters and workplace investigations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct investigations and cases of employee relations issues such as : disciplinary actions, legal issues (harassment, discrimination, leave, accommodations, etc.
  • performance management and conduct management.

  • Consult and / or inform Works Council, Trade Union, or Employee Representative Organizations regarding Employee Relations matters as appropriate.
  • Represent BMS and support BMS manager in pre-dismissal meetings, dismissal meetings, and misconduct meetings.
  • Develop strong partnership with HR Business Partner with respect to decision making and accountability.
  • Provide counsel and facilitate prompt and effective resolution of workplace conflict to address issues for employees, managers, and leaders in a manner consistent with BMS policies, practices and legal considerations.
  • Utilize various conflict management techniques, including training, mediation, conflict coaching.

  • Consult and coach People Leaders on employee relations, performance management, reorganization, and organizational effectiveness issues spanning all levels within the organization.
  • Provide advice and counsel on HR practices, policy, and employment laws, striving to avoid / minimize labor risks and / or future lawsuits.

  • Partner with HR Law department in conducting investigations, research policies / practices, create and gather documentation, make recommendations and implement resolutions when applicable.
  • Conduct negotiations of separations for individual involuntary separations / mutual agreements and for individual or small impact involuntary terminations due to redundancy.
  • Identify best practices and design innovative solutions to influence continuous improvement in the organization.
  • Conduct employee relations risk assessments and provide actionable feedback.
  • Develop effective relationships with the business to promote good employee relations across the organization.
  • Interact with HR Business Partners, and other HR functions, to ensure a high level of employee satisfaction & engagement and appropriately plan, facilitate and monitor employee programs.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality throughout conversations and investigations. Manage highly confidential human resources information and exercise sound judgment in handling or working with confidential data and situations.
  • Ensure that the Company operates within current and local employment law to maintain reputation as a good employer.
  • Maintain strong business acumen while maintaining objectivity in work.
  • Required to work with several different People Leaders, HR Business Partners and several different parts of BMS business units.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and cases at any given time.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 8+ years of HR or Employee Relations experience
  • 5+ years of HR or Employee Relations experience with advanced degree in Law, Human Resources or Employee Relations
  • Ideal Candidates Would Also Have :

  • Experience with EMEA labor laws
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)
  • Experience in case management systems
  • Experience with locally relevant employee representative bodies, works councils and / or trade unions preferred.
  • Fluency in a European language : German, French, Spanish, Italian or another language
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

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