Employee Relations Specialist

Experience level Executive Role
Job details sector Human Resources & Diversity

Job Purpose

To provide Employee Relations services, advice and support to HR colleagues, managers and employees in the region (UK, Asia, US, Italy, Spain, Luxenbourg, Netherlands).  Ensure all ER policies and procedures are up to date in all locations. Participate in HR and ER projects.


Key Accountabilities 

Main topics / aim:

Provide advice and support to HR Business Partners on employee relations issues including grievances, disciplinary matters, dismissals, redundancies, and performance and absence management.  Escalate complex cases to Manager and provide support as required.

Provide input into HR policies and processes to support HR/AXA IM/AXA Group initiatives and objectives, comply with regulatory and employment laws, and reflect best practice. Ensure policies and processes are appropriately implemented and updated across the region.

Participate in corporate change projects, restructurings, acquisitions, divestitures, outsourcings, legal simplifications, etc.

Maintain all ER document templates.

Ensure all internal reporting (e.g. for finance, compliance, UK ExCom) and audit-related queries and tasks are managed in a timely and accurate manner.

Identify trends emanating from grievance procedures, disciplinaries and other employee feedback and propose root cause solutions to relevant stakeholders. 

Monitor changes to employment law and practices across the region and ensure they are communicated to relevant stakeholders and integrated into existing policies and practices.

Manage and/or support policies and processes that are required under AXA Group Standards, Data Protection legislation, Health and Safety legislation, and regulatory and employment laws.

Provide support to the wider ER team as required.

Role Requirements



Educated to degree level is an asset

HR qualification or equivalent experience



Previous experience in the investment management or financial services sector is an asset, although not necessary

Previous experience developing and implementing ER policies and processes in a regional context

Previous experience in managing change projects, acquisitions, divestitures, etc.

Previous experience dealing with sensitive, confidential employee relations issues.


Knowledge and Skills

Good knowledge of UK employment legislation; knowledge of employment legislation principles across rest of region is an asset

Ability to provide advice and/or guidance on ER issues in a clear and concise manner

Microsoft Office skills



Ability to navigate and influence in a commercial context

Influencing and decision-making skills

Change management skills

Ability to effectively communicate with managers, employees and HR colleagues

Would you like to wake up every day driven and inspired by our noble mission and to work together as one global team to empower people to live a better life? Here at AXA we strive to lead the transformation of our industry. We are looking for talented individuals who come from varied backgrounds, think differently and want to be part of this exciting transformation by challenging the status quo so we can push AXA - a leading global brand and one of the most innovative companies in our industry - onto even greater things.

In a fast-evolving world and with a presence in 64 countries, our 166,000 employees and exclusive distributors anticipate change to offer services and solutions tailored to the current and future needs of our 103 million customers.

We are an active, long-term, global, multi-asset investor focused on enabling more people to harness the power of investing to meet their financial goals. By combining investment insight and innovation with robust risk management we have become one of the largest asset managers in Europe, managing €746bn in assets as of the end of 2017. We employ about 2,400 people around the world and operate out of 21 countries.

We are proud to foster a high-performance culture, which means that we seek to recruit and retain people who are not only technically-skilled but also globally-minded, innovative and able to leverage their unique perspectives and life experiences to support our success as a company.

AXA IM is committed to building an inclusive culture, valuing diversity and supporting the career progression of all employees.