People and Culture Manager, Tyndall National Institute, UCC

Tyndall National Institute
May 21, 2024
Offerd Salary:€91,715 – €110,250
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Contract Type:Fixed Term
Working Time:Full time
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CH-11 People and Culture Manager, Tyndall National Institute, UCC

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Reporting to: Tyndall Chief Operations Officer and with a dotted line into the UCC Chief People and Culture Officer

Location: You will primarily be based at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, however there will be flexibility to work a mix of onsite and remotely

About Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall is a critical national research resource and key national research infrastructure at University College Cork (UCC), and was established in 2004 as a strategic partnership between Government and UCC.

The Institute is a powerhouse of research activity and a leading European research centre providing a national focal point for excellence in deep-tech research, development and graduate training at the convergence of micro & nano-electronics, photonics, materials and software. It is recognised as an international research leader in semiconductors, particularly as applied to the fields of Agritech & Food Security, Health & Life Sciences, Information & Communications, and Energy and Climate Mitigation. The Institute's key objective is to have a significant impact on economic development and societal challenges in Ireland.

Central to Tyndall's mission is delivering economic impact through research excellence. It works with industry and academia to transform research into products in its core application areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-food and the environment. With an annual turnover of €50m, the Institute has a community of over 600 researchers, engineers, support staff, postgraduate students, interns and industry researchers-in-residence.

We are currently in expansion mode and expect to double both our physical footprint and headcount within the next 5 years. As a result, Tyndall now has a requirement for an experienced People and Culture Manager to take the lead role in the proactive management of a busy end-to-end People and Culture function , and in attracting, motivating, and retaining the best international talent at Tyndall, while also fostering a positive and inclusive workplace.

About the role

The People and Culture Manager is a strategic leadership role both within the wider Tyndall Operations function and the UCC People and Culture function. Working within the wider Operations function, the People and Culture Manager (PCM) will support the development of a high-performance organisation, assisting in developing a culture of enterprise and managing the implementation of People and Culture strategies for Tyndall.

As a key member of the extended senior leadership team at Tyndall the PCM will direct the provision of a full range of excellent professional People and Culture services to management and staff at Tyndall.

In this senior role the PCM will be highly collaborative and results focused, with excellent interpersonal skills that enable the development of strong relationships with staff at all levels in Tyndall. A particular passion for continuous improvement across all aspects of the People and culture function will be important. The PCM will lead a motivated team of People professionals that support the complete employee journey from recruitment and onboarding to development, retention, performance management and employee relations.

This is a highly collaborative and relationship-based role working closely with all key stakeholders to ensure a first-class People and Culture experience for both managers and staff.

Reporting to the Tyndall Chief Operations Officer (and to the CEO for strategic organisational development matters) the responsibilities of the PCM will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leadership & management

  • Working closely with the Tyndall Leadership Team you will proactively help deliver and drive the overarching People and Culture Plan and related initiatives in support of the Tyndall strategic plan.
  • Managing and developing the delivery of Tyndall's People and Culture function including organisation and personnel development, leadership development, performance management, training, and talent acquisition.
  • Providing organisational guidance to the Tyndall Leadership Team with the objective of maximising growth and sustainability as well as enhancing day-to-day leadership and management in all Tyndall functions. You will provide direction, enable action and
  • Managing and developing a team of people professionals able to balance both the strategic and operational elements of the role to provide high- quality people and culture services and comprehensive support and service aligned to the delivery of Tyndall strategic goals and objectives.
  • In conjunction with UCC People and Culture to ensure the integrity, consistency of practice and effective implementation of policies and programs.
  • As a strategic thinker, the PCM will a very effective communicator, and possess a deep understanding of People and Culture best practices.
  • As Change Agent

  • Influence and drive organisational change objectives in support of Tyndall business strategy.
  • Help drive improvement in key talent acquisition and focused retention policies (in accordance with approved policies).
  • Keep up to date with People and Culture practices, changing environmental context, current research, and use the expertise of other professions within Tyndall and UCC to create co-solutions to business issues. Using data to identify workplace practice trends to inform and develop preventable solutions.
  • Build and maintain professional external networks to keep up to date with trend changes in the People and Culture agenda.
  • Act as a diversity and inclusion champion by living the Tyndall/UCC values and behaviours, and ensuring our processes and approaches are consistent with our values and best practice.
  • As Strategic Partner

  • Understand the strategies and goals of Tyndall/UCC and translate those goals into practical People and Culture deliverables.
  • Become a valued partner to the Tyndall management team through high quality advice, coaching/development, problem solving and communication.
  • Drive staff engagement, greater participation, and involvement for key contributors and those with future high potential.
  • Provide up to date assessments of Tyndall's People and Culture requirements and articulate how People and Culture is adapting strategies and tactics to meet those needs.
  • Devise and implement organisational development strategy and initiatives in collaboration with relevant members of the People and Culture Team.
  • Implement a proactive communications policy that will assist in strategy delivery and staff performance.
  • Play an active role as a member of the UCC People and Culture Leadership team, in support of Tyndall interests.
  • As Employee Champion

  • Understand the multicultural and diverse Tyndall population and anticipate and address concerns, needs, and issues on a timely basis.
  • Drive the further advancement of the ‘People & Culture' action plans to make Tyndall a better place to work and study.
  • Direct a proactive training and development programme to help produce the next generation of Tyndall leaders.
  • Coach, guide, and advise managers and employees in relation to complex and contentious casework matters, including appropriate interventions in conflict management and resolution.
  • Engage proactively with employee representatives as required.
  • As Operational Expert

  • Maintain and evolve meaningful People and Culture KPIs and metrics for the function.
  • Implement service standards that will contribute to continuous improvement in People and Culture programs and customer services.
  • Manage the ongoing development and implementation of policies, systems, and procedures for People and Culture within Tyndall.
  • Work in partnership with post-holders in the wider UCC People and Culture team in relation to those activities and initiatives which require specialist knowledge and expertise.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Perform any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.
  • Selection Criteria

    Decisions made at shortlisting and interview will be made based on the following:


  • A qualified senior People Professional with demonstrable history of success in appropriate People and Culture leadership and management roles and with a track record of success in driving change and improved outcomes to achieve organisational strategic objectives.
  • A degree (preferably Masters) in a HR or related discipline.
  • CIPD membership at Chartered/Fellow.
  • Significant proven experience at a senior level with demonstrable successful experience influencing senior leaders and a significant background of working in a complex organisation.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of People and Culture practices: resourcing, compensation, learning and development, change management, organisational development, employee relations and career development.
  • Strong experience in proactive influencing, change management, coaching and negotiating skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of engagement in and successful resolution of complex Employee Relations and Industrial Relations matters and working with Trade Unions.
  • Exceptional relationship building and stakeholder management skills and experience of delivery of significant change projects and related activities.
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate and manage People and Culture team members.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and delivery of a quality and efficient service.
  • Professional credibility with proven ability to deliver results in a complex environment.
  • Comfortable with data and curious about people analytics. Ability to communicate insight to business area colleagues and influence evidenced- based people practices.
  • Ability to meet challenging goals in a matrix environment (i.e. high utilization of non-direct reports).
  • Excellent communication, interaction, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail with extensive experience in reporting People and Culture related matters to senior leaders and at Board level
  • Desirable

  • Experience of the third level sector and an understanding of the related wider issues and challenges.
  • Knowledge/experience of the ICT industry and related R&D environment.
  • An additional relevant postgraduate or professional qualification.
  • Financial and budgetary management skills.
  • Conditions of employment

    Salary scale (new entrants): Senior Admin IV Salary €91,715 – €110,250 (Scale B) / €87,131 – €104,738 (Scale A) per annum. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

    Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Cormac Harrington at [email protected]

    Closing Date for Applications is 21st May, 2024.

    Application Instructions

    Please make sure to attach an up to date CV/Resume AND a brief motivation letter outlining how you meet the ‘Essential Criteria' for this role.

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    A full candidate information pack is available to download by clicking here.

    Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

    At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

    Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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