Head of Associate Relations

Date: 31 Jan 2024

Location: Bracknell, GB

Company: Honda Motor Europe Ltd

At Honda we embrace inclusion in our various policies, so whilst our contracts state that the hours are as required to fulfil the role with a minimum of 35 hours per week, we offer flexibility for when you work.  The regular office hours are 08:00 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday with a half hour lunch break & 08:00 – 13:00 on a Friday.  However, we offer flexibility of when you work with our daily flex-time start of between 07:00 and 11:00 providing that there is no business requirement.

Whilst there is no contractual right to work from home, the flexibility we offer is that you can request to work from home for a maximum of 50% of the working days in any one month, again providing there is no business requirement to attend the office.



Reporting to the HME HR General Manager, the role works together with senior management and members of the HR team to plan, deliver and enhance Human Resources Associate Relations.  The role also provides a mixture of operational and strategic focus across all areas of the business and the Continental European organisation, in line with business objectives and the Honda Philosophy.


The successful candidate will have strong knowledge in employee relations and contribute to the HR strategy to enhance associates climate in the Region. Provide strategic leadership and expert professional HR advice to the business on delivery and development of HR activity to meet business needs. 

Main Responsibilities:
Labour relations management

  • Ensure full compliance with employee relations in HME in the UK and across continental Europe including managing complex cases.
  • Lead Pan European Labour relations issues, including Co-ordinator of Honda’s European Works Council (called HECCG).
  • Monitor labour relation situation in Europe (environment & internal), assessing potential risks and devising appropriate responses.
  • Support Continental Branches with Works Council activity.  
  • Key contributor for developing overall European approach to support positive culture and achieve business objectives.
  • Act as a trusted advisor to senior stakeholders, coaching and enabling them to consistently demonstrate and embody Honda Philosophy and values.
  • Assure the governance of Labour relations across Europe including key policy / compliance implementation.

Organizational climate analysis

  • Responsible for monitoring internal climate and supporting the analysis of the situation to identify focus areas and drive / support implementation of Countermeasures.  

Key Project Delivery

  • As required lead and drive the successful implementation of key HR projects (e.g. organisational change initiatives, significant policy enhancement etc).

HR Strategic Direction

  • Support the HME HR General Manager in devising and developing the HR strategic roadmap.  Identifying opportunities for HR to be an enabler of business success.

Regional HR network

  • Contribute to the regional HR manager meetings.
  • Assure a regular communication process with the HR managers across the Region.


Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Proven track record in senior HR roles, with strong knowledge of HR practices in Europe, including employee relations preferred.  
  • Professional HR qualification / accreditation preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to manage and build on HR delivery in a complex business environment.
  • Strong alignment with Honda Philosophy and values, someone who quickly establishes credibility and respect and builds strong working relationships.
  • Experience in driving change and transformation.
  • Is comfortable providing advice across multiple areas of expertise with the necessary credibility to influence at all levels, problem solving through a pragmatic and commercially sound approach.
  • A compelling communicator able to assess, interpret and present findings and insights to recommend HR actions and interventions. 
  • Ability to undertake regular European travel (at least once per month).


  • Working knowledge of other European language(s) would be advantageous.

Honda is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in the workplace for all employees, temporary workers, contractors, applicants and visitors. Honda also encourages respect for the individual differences and talents of others while making full use of one's own abilities, based on Honda's philosophy of respect for the individual.

At Honda, we value and celebrate diversity and are committed to being a fair, non-discriminatory company that promotes and welcomes the uniqueness and differences of people around the world. We recognise that a diverse workforce allows for different ideas and perspectives, and we encourage everyone to share them. We strive to foster a culture of belonging that is consistent with Honda's core values and lived out in the way we work and respect each other. For us at Honda, diversifying our workforce means increasing its overall strength by providing people with equal opportunities - regardless of personal characteristics or previous careers.

This commitment flows directly from the Honda philosophy and the belief that we are all working towards a common goal. Honda recruits, hires, trains and promotes the most qualified/experienced individuals at all levels without regard to race, origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other protected characteristic.

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