Position Summary

Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: EE
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the context of the changing social, political and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

To direct and manage Employment Relations (ER) for the University of Johannesburg in partnership with 'relevant stakeholders. To provide strategic and expert advice and opinions on all related Human Resources matters which may influence the employment relationship with all stakeholders.


Strategic Employment Relations:

• Develop ER strategy and ensure implementation thereof.
• Lead dispute resolution and collective bargaining processes.
• Develop, update, and maintain the relevant ER Policies and Procedures including Employee Conditions of Services.
• Assist management and employees with matters related to discipline, grievances, and incapacity management.
• Conduct ER audits and provide proactive interventions.
• As head of ER, lead the Executive-Management in formal labour structures and negotiation processes.

ER Advisory Service:

• Ensure compliance and alignment of ER processes within the South African labour legislation framework.
• Identify and analyse ER training needs and provide relevant training intervention and guidance.
• Support, advise and guide managers and other stakeholders on staff management matters.
• Educate line managers on conditions of services.
• Specialist ER opinions and advise considering the legislative and operational requirements

Stakeholder Management:

• Manage all stakeholder relationships within the context of the South African labour framework.
• Develop and manage employment relations service level agreements (SLA's).
• Liaise with external legal advisors for use on specific assignments.
• Consult with the Executive Director: Human Resources and the Chief Operating Officer on relevant ER matters.


• Oversee the effective implementation of Wellness programs and interventions targeted interventions.
• Manage the link between Wellness and ER, that Wellness related matters are dealt with effectively.


• Manage all employment risks on behalf of the Institution.
• Ensure effective governance when dealing with ER and Wellness matters.
• Analyse trends relating to changes or amendments in labour legislations and ensure a link to UJ processes and update relevant persons where appropriate.
• Line Management of ER and Wellness Teams
• Perform ad hoc duties as directed by the Executive.
• Report writing.

Minimum requirements

  • Postgraduate qualification (NQF 8) with specialisation in Labour Law and / or Employment Relations
  • 10 – 12 years HR/ER experience broken down as follows:
  • At least 8 years solid ER management experience
  • At least 3 years’ experience in managing an ER function
  • At least 3 years’ experience with Labour union or other Labour structures is essential or
  • At least 2 years Human Resources general experience

Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

• Excellent communication and conflict management skills.
• Professional integrity.
• High attention to detail.
• South African legal framework.
• Knowledge of negotiation and dispute resolution processes e.g., mediation, arbitration.
• Knowledge of collective bargaining processes and leading bargaining teams.
• Knowledge of ER processes.
• Understanding shared services.
• Trade union structures.
• Outstanding negotiation skills and ability to influence.
• Problem solving and analytical skills.
• Ability to engage stakeholders from different backgrounds and levels.


• Experience within the Higher Education environment.


Enquiries regarding job content: Mr Hoffman Geyer at (011) 559
Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Ms Busisiwe Dumezweni at (011) 559 3012 HR Business Partner (Acting)


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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Candidates may be subjected to appropriate psychometric testing and other selection instruments.

In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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