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Head of Industrial Relations (Trade Union)

Job Overview

Please, note that this role is known internally as Head of Member Relations.

About the BMA

The BMA is the  recognised trade union and professional association for doctors and medical students in Northern Ireland.

BMA Northern Ireland supports our members in a fight for fair terms and conditions including pay, provides collective bargaining in workplaces and individual representation.

About the role:

We're looking for a Head of Industrial Relations to join us in Belfast. Our Member Relations team supports  members across Northern Ireland and the successful candidate will be accountable for leading a team to deliver services and functions relating to employment and workplace representation. The Head of will also be part of the senior management team within Northern Ireland, contributing to the strategic direction.

 We are looking for someone who is up for the challenge of helping the BMA to become a more effective and powerful trade union advocate for its members. 

This role is based in our office in Belfast.

To be successful as a Head of Industrial Relations you'll have:

  • Considerable experience working at a strategic / leadership level within a Trade Union or similar environment
  • Expertise in industrial relations, employment law, bargaining & HR
  • Knowledge of medical political issues and healthcare landscapes in Northern Ireland
  • Experience of managing and developing a small team
  • Strong stakeholder management and relationship building skills
  • Negotiation skills and problem solving ability
  • Excellent communication skills

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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