The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and foster innovation in support of the agricultural sector. It provides diagnostic, laboratory, analytical, agricultural engineering services, post-harvest technology development, agrochemical evaluation, consultation and advisory services, food processing technology services as well as various surveys and training interventions. Through its wider network of research institutes and experimental farms, the ARC provides a strong scientific base and a broadly distributed technology transfer capacity to the entire agricultural industry in South Africa.

The ARC- Central Office (ARC-CO) seeks to appoint a highly skilled, experienced and dynamic person to the following position at Hatfield, Pretoria:


Key Performance Areas:
 Support management in the participative structures by providing specialist ER advice to the HR forum management caucuses regarding planning for the engagement process and on decision making risk and strategy;
 Monitor employee relations key performance indicators and ensuring compliance by compiling a divisional monthly report with critical data, conduct audits to ensure standardised practices, best practices, legal conformance, identifying deviations and devising corrective measures;
 Advising all parties on the content and application of industrial action policies and stance;
 Conducting regular audits within the division to ensure that the strike management and contingency plans are correctly implemented and up to date. Act as an integral member of the institute’s negotiation team, assist in preparing negotiation strategies and prepare and review drafts of collective agreement language. Ensure that negotiations are properly documented;
 Educate management on negotiated contract changes and assist with implementation where required;
 Coordinate the operations of the Labour-Management Consultative Committee, including preparation of the agenda on behalf of management and documentation of discussions. Actively contribute to the establishment of a positive relationship with organised labour;
 In complex cases, provide expert advice to the ER Manager, wellness and management on the interpretation of the collective agreement and application of relevant jurisprudence;
 Manage, with the support of the ER, termination cases and complex employee relations cases by supporting the HR Business Solutions team and managers in building the case, determining corrective measures, supporting management in delivering the decision to the employee and liaising with union representatives;
 Manage the preparation of cases for negotiation of agreement, mediation or arbitration and ensure settlements or CCMA orders are followed / implemented correctly;
 Travel nationwide to physically attend CCMA matters.

 National Diploma or Degree in Industrial Psychology/ Industrial Relations/ Human Resources Management/ Labour law or equivalent;
 5 Years’ experience which includes full scope of Industrial Relations;
 Advanced Labour Law Diploma would be an added advantage;
 Knowledge of labour legislation and CCMA representation;
 Prior experienced in employee relations or industrial relations;
 Strong experience in dealing with unions;
 Strong knowledge of HR policies & procedures;
 In depth knowledge of employment legislations;
 Strong problem solving, negotiation & influencing skills;
 Advanced computer literacy;
 Conflict resolution skills;
 Negotiation and facilitation skills;
 Keeping abreast with industry latest developments;
 Advanced written and verbal communication skills;
 Report writing and Business Acumen;
 Proficiency in BCEA, LRA and related labour legislation and CCMA process;
 Case investigation and management;
 Building co-operation and developing relationships;
 Influencing skills and negotiation skills;
 Emotional intelligence & Conflict handling skills. Ability to communicate at all levels;
 Excellent planning, implementation, negotiation and control skills;
 Ability to work under pressure and maintain efficiency and confidentiality;
 Strong problem solving skills;
 Be reliable, trustworthy and honest;
 Be able to travel when required to our various offices throughout the country – relations matters.

Enquires: Ms B Muthuri, (012) 427 – 9746


All those who previously applied kindly Re-apply

A competitive remuneration package will be congruent with the scope, responsibilities and the stature of the position. The appointment will be subject to a positive security clearance and preference will be given to South African citizens.

Applications accompanied by covering letter, detailed CV (Including certificates, supporting documents, copy of driver’s license and nationality. NB: Non-RSA Citizens/work permit holders must attach certified copies) as well as the names and particulars of three (3) traceable referees must be e-mail to HRCV@arc.agric.za

SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants who do not receive any response four (4) weeks after the closing date must regard their applications as unsuccessful. The Agricultural Research Council is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principles and processes of Employment Equity. The company has the right not to appoint.

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