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Head of Employment Affairs Unit (Sizewell C)

Leiston, England, United Kingdom (Hybrid)

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About the Role

Are you looking for a career which is rewarding and where you can really make a difference? Join our expanding Sizewell C (SZC) team and work on one of the most exciting projects in the UK, whilst being at the forefront of the UK’s climate change agenda and energy policy. When it comes to saving the planet, everyone’s talking the talk these days. At SZC we’re not just talking about it, we’re doing something about it.

The SZC Project is a ~£20bn nuclear new build project in Suffolk which is currently seeking planning approval and financing from the Government and investors, with a view to start construction in 2023. When completed, SZC will provide dependable electricity to 6 million homes for 60 years. Our people form a strong community, rich in diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We empower our people with the skills they need to build a successful career and to bring our purpose to life in their work.

The Employment Affairs Unit (EAU) is a fundamental part of delivering a successful SZC construction project and is the focal point around which the co-ordination and integration of the delivery of our construction workforce strategy and industrial relations will be implemented and managed. With an expected total contractor population of c.25,000 over the life of the project with up to c.5,600 on site at one time, this will be an exciting, fast-paced and, at times, challenging place to be.

As Head of SZC EAU, you’ll be the HR lead for the design and establishment of the SZC EAU, applying the principles of intelligent replication of the arrangements in place at our sister construction project in Somerset, Hinkley Point C (HPC). Once operational, you’ll lead activity supporting workforce mobilisation, education and skills and operations (compliance and governance, job service, construction workforce development, and assurance) so the underpinning policies and processes run smoothly and seamlessly.

You’ll work closely with the Trade Unions, oversee internal and external communications, deliver training and development programmes, provide robust workforce forecasting, planning and reporting ensuring that Inclusion & Diversity is always at the forefront of SZC’s culture and behaviours.


Location: Leiston, Suffolk with travel to London & Somerset

Employment Type: Permanent

Employment basis: The role is expected to be a full-time position however we are open to discussing a more flexible/part-time approach where possible

Salary: circa £85,000 - £95,000 + car allowance + benefits

Closing date: 9th April 2022

You’ll be a senior professional in the world of HR strategy and leadership, experienced within matrixed organisations and possess the ability to manage and maintain resilience in a changing and ambiguous environment. Any background in energy, construction or nuclear industries would be a plus, as would regulated and unionised environments.

Collaboration and stakeholder management is key to this position as you’ll need to influence and challenge at a senior level as well as provide counsel to ensure successful outcomes, so you’ll be able to demonstrate strong relationship building skills with a reputation for integrity, evoking a trust and openness in senior leadership, colleagues, stakeholders, and team members alike.

You’ll be results orientated, with a focus on continuous improvement in all areas of your work and be able to provide clarity with strong written and verbal communication skills.

If that all sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you! A full job spec is available upon applying.

About the Company

Sizewell C is a great place to work, where everyone is welcome.

To fulfil our commitment of doing the power of good for Britain, our ambition is to have a workforce which reflects and benefits the society we are part of and serve. Every worker on SZC, wherever they are, should help to create and experience the right environment where everyone on the team understands, respects and embraces diversity with a culture where everyone is treated with equal respect and are all given equal access to opportunities. By valuing the different points of view and experiences that having a diverse team brings, and by fostering an inclusive climate, we will create a great place to work and a more successful project. We create the right environment where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work. Whilst working together there is mutual trust and appreciation created through the building of meaningful relationships with one another. Everyone is able to get the most from their work and the workplace, and in return, give their best.

Competitive Salary & Benefits

At SZC we’re dedicated to offering flexible benefits that support our people across all aspects of their lives. We’re delighted to offer a range of benefits to support our employees’ physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a market-leading company pension scheme, paid holidays and a range of flexible benefits, such as: a company incentive bonus plan, health cover, cycle to work scheme, discounts and employee pricing. Please let us know if you’d like to discuss flexible working arrangements by highlighting this on your application.

Join us and together we can help Britain achieve Net Zero.

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