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Employment Advisor

Job Overview

About the BMA

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the Trade Union and professional body for doctors in the UK.  We represent, support, and negotiate on behalf of all UK doctors and medical students. 

It is an exciting time to join the BMA, we’re in a period of change as we build and grow our local organising and campaigning capacity, at what is undoubtedly a crucial time for doctors and the NHS as we fight for pay restoration. You can be part of that change and part of a Trade Union campaigning for better pay and conditions for hard working doctors across the capital.

About the role

We're looking for an Employment Adviser to join BMA London, our regional team representing doctors across the capital.

This is a Trade Union case officer role and the successful candidate will be responsible for representing and advising our members on matters arising from their employment, including face to face representation when required.

The successful candidate will be motivated and driven in their delivery of maximising outcomes for, and defending the interests of doctors at work.

This role is home-based, permanent and for 40 hours per week.

If you have previous demonstrable experience within a Trade Union or equivalent expertise gained elsewhere (i.e. an employment law role) and would like the opportunity to represent our members then we’d love to hear from you.

To be successful as an Employment Adviser you'll have:

  • Good knowledge and understanding of employment legislation and how it is applied in the workplace, a sound knowledge of HR practises, and experience of working with the NHS would be an advantage.
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of NHS employment structures and major NHS issues, together with an understanding of the role and function of the BMA.
  • Good analytical skills
  • Sensitivity and skills in facilitation to enable members to find their own solutions to workplace issues with your guidance.   
  • An ability to deal with members problems sensitively and difficult situations both tactfully and confidentially.
  • Proven experience of case management and managing a high volume of cases
  • Experience of recruiting new members to an organisation and or a willingness to do so. 
  • Strong relationship building skills and a commitment to supporting your wider Team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, confident presentation skills
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Previous experience and knowledge of working within a Trade Union would be an advantage, either as an employed official or an elected representative
  • A commitment to the Trade Union movement.

As the role is covering the London as part of a team, it is a requirement for the successful applicant to be based in or near London in order to attend meetings when required. All our Employment Advisers are home-based and all IT equipment will be provided.

Why work for us?

We offer a wide range of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays and a BMA company day
  • Double matching pension contributions up to 12% of salary
  • Additional leave entitlement for volunteering or moving house (after completion of probationary period)
  • Onsite gym and subsidised café at BMA House
  • BMA Law - discounted rates for employees requiring legal services such as will writing/conveyancing
  • Multiple flexible benefits and discounts through our employee benefits platform
  • Lots of Learning and Development/training opportunities via our internal learning hub
  • Season ticket loan (up to £10,000) after completion of probationary period

Anonymous recruitment

The BMA endeavours to be an inclusive employer, ensuring fairness and consistency to select the best candidate for roles. To support our aims, we use specific software to remove all personal identifying information from CVs and applications.  Personal information such as name, date of birth, age and gender are anonymised and will only become visible to hiring managers if you are selected for interview.

Whether the role needs you to work at home, in an office or in a hybrid way, we`ll provide all the support you need.  

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply through our website. However,  if you require any reasonable adjustments or additional support at any point during the application process, please email


Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring:

Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts everybody with the right skills and experience and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

BMA is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge as we recognise that diversity makes us stronger.

Please note, we are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK points-based immigration system, as we do not hold a sponsorship licence.

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