Job Title: Senior HR Manager

Location: Basildon, Essex

Salary: £60,000 to £70,000 per annum plus bonus

Job type: Permanent, Full time

SYNLAB Laboratory Services is part of SYNLAB UK & Ireland, who provide laboratory diagnostic and training services to a diverse range of sectors including healthcare and wellness, sport, travel, corporates and insurer, logistics and family law.

The Role:

We have a unique opportunity for a Senior HR Manager to join our state-of-the-art laboratory in Basildon, Essex. Partnering with the General Manager, the successful candidate will help nurture a people-orientated, high-performance culture emphasising engagement, productivity and quality. The Senior HR Manager will also manage and coach the HR Team.

Other Duties Include:

  • To work with business leaders on providing HR advice, coaching and solutions that support the business in identifying and managing workforce issues and delivering major change programmes.
  • Develop workforce plans that support the local and organisational strategy and agenda, ensuring that the business attracts, retains and develops high-quality people.
  • To support, advise and work directly with the operations team to drive business growth and profitability through employee productivity and satisfaction.
  • Direct the local Human Resources team to deliver a broad range of HR services to managers across the business region. Services include resourcing, employment advice/guidance across people-related issues, occupational health, training, pensions and benefits, HR administration and responsibility for outsourced payroll.
  • Desired Skills and Experience:


  • Extensive HR generalist experience with exposure to unionised public (preferably NHS) and private sector environments
  • Experience in leading, developing and delivering a change programme whilst improving employee engagement
  • A track record of operational and strategic HR leadership in a complex organisation
  • Significant capability and evidence to support improvement in recruitment, retention and engagement
  • Technical expertise in employee relations and thorough knowledge of NHS Agenda for Change
  • Proven experience in dealing and negotiating with trades unions
  • Previous experience with TUPE, outsourcing services or mergers and acquisitions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with a professional, positive attitude
  • A collaborative approach with excellent influencing skills
  • Self-motivated, resilient, independent and discrete
  • Desirable:

  • MCIPD qualified or equivalent
  • Mediation and / or coaching qualifications / experience
  • Trained and experienced in job evaluation and matching.
  • Previous knowledge of NHS Pensions administration
  • About Us

    SYNLAB UK & Ireland work closely with clinicians, hospitals, occupational health providers and clinical researchers to provide a complete pathology offering.

    We operate in increasingly diverse environments which is reflected in our workforce, clients, customers, suppliers, communities and partners. We believe an inclusive workplace culture is the best way to source, attract and retain diverse and talented people, and create a sustainable, high-performing workforce.

    We believe our staff is vital to the principle of making a positive difference to healthcare, therefore, we promote a culture of continuous personal development where scientists and staff have the support and resources to acquire new skills and build their careers through learning and development opportunities, coaching and clear career pathways.

    We promote an open and collaborative culture where leaders act as role models and facilitate a two-way communication, engage with staff and stakeholders transparently and actively encourage feedback and suggestions.

    Please note that we reserve the right to close any adverts once we have received a sufficient number of applications. If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within two weeks of your application, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

    SYNLAB UK & Ireland is a committed equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully.