Director of Employee Experience

  • Job Reference: 95/23
  • Date Posted: 18 September 2023
  • Employer: Leeds University Union
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  • Location: Leeds University Union
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £55,000 to £60,000
  • Sector: HR
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full time

Job Description

£55,000 - £60,000 per annum
Permanent, full time - 36.5 hours per week (hybrid working pattern)
Closing Date: 10am Monday 2 October 2023

Job ref: 95/23

About us

Leeds University Union (LUU) exists to make sure students love their time at Leeds. It is a not-for-profit charity run by members (students), for members (students). We are an independent organisation that exists to represent students and their interests to the university, as well as on a local and national scale, giving them a voice on the things that matter to them. LUU operates a wide range of services and opportunities from clubs and societies, to large scale events, spaces to eat, drink and meet, engage, campaign and learn.

We’re led by a group of officers elected by the student body, and our charitable status means that every penny of profit we make goes straight back into improving things for our members. Our trustee board, which includes 6 elected student officers, is supported by over 150 full-time staff members, 500 student members of staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

About the role

We're looking for a bold, innovative HR leader whose priority is the employee experience and challenging the status quo on all things people, culture and HR. If you are motivated by empowering others, bringing fun in all that you do and are deeply committed to building inclusive organisations, we want to hear from you!

LUU’s current priority is to embed its strategy for 2022-2026 and enable staff to truly deliver. After experiencing growth as an organisation, the SU is seeking an ambitious leader who can grow and develop the culture and transform the employee experience.

Transforming the employee experience at LUU is a unique opportunity, as doing so will not only shape current employees, but will shape students’ careers forever. As the standard will be set on what good culture, employee experience and HR will look like for our student staff. There are also exciting opportunities to define what inclusion, the future of work, leadership and high performance mean for LUU, so our new Director will bring a people first mindset, and HR business acumen to the role.

The successful candidate will be an inclusive, collaborative, and empowering leader, with high levels of emotional intelligence and a genuine passion for innovation and inclusion. They will also have experience in building and maintaining strong, influential relationships at all levels of an organisation. This role will require an innovative and bold mindset, helping us to try new and creative ways of engaging with and empowering our people.


  • The benefits you can enjoy include generous holiday allowance (see below) as well as extra Union closed days, extensive opportunities for learning and further development, holiday buy back options, NUS TOTUM Card, onsite venue staff discounts, discounted travel card, and discounted gym membership.
  • Holiday allowance: 26 days holiday as standard. In addition to this you will receive 8 Bank Holidays and 6.5 Union closed days totalling 40.5 days off in a year.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 2 October 2023.

Please reserve the following dates in your diary when you apply:

Interview at LUU: Tuesday 24 October 2023

Your application should include:

  • A personal statement that demonstrates how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification (please use no more than 2 pages).
  • An up-to-date, detailed CV.
  • Please also complete our diversity monitoring questionnaire here.

Please send your application to our recruitment partners, Atkinson HR, via e-mail to:

For an initial, informal discussion about the role, please contact Rita Serghis:

Conversations with the Chief Executive can also be arranged via Atkinson HR Consulting.

LUU highly values inclusivity and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.