Labor Relations Manager
Job Posted: 3 November, 2020
Company: Consolidated Nuclear Security, Pantex Plant
Closing Date: 12 December, 2020 
Location: Amarillo, TX


Number of Openings: 1
Career Level: Senior Manager
Job Specialty: Labor Relations

What You'll Do 

Serve as Lead representative for the Company at contract negotiations. Interpret contractual language. Meet and confer with labor organizations. Build effective and sustainable union relationships. Research and interpret current labor contracts, keep abreast of current labor rulings and trends, and provide sound recommendations to management. Assigns work and tasks to subordinates by specifying task parameters, i.e. quality, quantity, resources and expected completion time. Liaise and coordinate with representatives of design agencies, DOE, vendors, and contractors as required to ensure effective and necessary cooperation at all levels, which will result in combined professional effort in fulfilling the Plant's assigned mission. Responsible for maintaining a thorough knowledge of applicable Federal, State, DOE, Corporate and Plant rules, regulations and Plant-wide operating policies and procedures. Responsible for application of established personnel and operating policies and programs, including Union Agreements, employee concerns, discipline processes, and safety, health and security standards. Attends and/or conduct required safety meetings and training. Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential human resources issues. Build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Interface with federal and state government agencies, local community organizations, and others in support of labor-management activities.

Ensure compliance with government regulations and corporate and contract requirements while meeting organizational goals and objectives. Oversee multiple collective bargaining unit agreements. Oversee the development of new policies in area of responsibility. Performs duties with opportunity for exercise of initiative, independent judgment and discretion under minimal supervision. Is accountable for the results of the actions taken by subordinates. This role will participate in the process to hire or fire other employees by making suggestions and recommendations thereto, which are given particular weight, meaning they must be made with reasonable degree of frequency, and then relied upon in the decision-making process.

Provide strategic direction and leadership to direct reports that:

  • Conduct fact finding investigations and make recommendations for disciplinary actions
  • Handle for cause termination situations
  • Investigate alleged violations of the bargaining unit contract (grievances)
  • Administer employee/union initiated grievances and draft written responses supporting, modifying or denying said grievances
  • Prepare for arbitration proceedings, including researching and organizing evidentiary documents
  • Interpret policies and procedures and monitor the implementation and application of collective bargaining agreements

What You Can Expect 

  • Meaningful work and unique opportunities to support missions vital to national and global security
  • Top-notch, dedicated colleagues
  • Generous pay and benefits with a stable organization
  • Career advancement and professional development programs
  • Work-life balance fostered through flexible work options and wellness initiatives

Minimum Job Requirements 

Bachelor's degree: Minimum 10 years of relevant experience. Minimum 3 years of management experience.
Eighteen or more years of relevant education, training, and/or progressive experience may be considered to satisfy educational and years-of-experience requirements for this posting.

To apply, please visit our website at Select “Search All Jobs” and reference Requisition ID “1954”.

Preferred Job Requirements

Demonstrated experience working with labor unions and collective bargaining agreements

  • Experience negotiating labor agreements, settlement agreements and grievances
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing complex situations and recommending meaningful and relevant solutions to diverse stakeholders; and must possess excellent oral and written communication skills to articulate complex strategies and defend or present the company’s position
  • Strong desire to make positive contributions to enhance HR service delivery and achieve meaningful outcomes
  • Able to devise creative and strategic business solutions while ensuring sound employment and labor decisions
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A solid understanding of labor laws with requirements and work experience managing complex employment matters in labor relations and investigations
  • Experience in active CBA negotiations
  • Government contracting work experience


The minimum education and experience for the lowest career level in the job posting range are listed under Minimum Job Requirements.
Successful candidates hired into a higher career level than the minimum in the range must meet the requirements listed in the job leveling charts for the career level into which they are being hired.
If a range of Career Levels is posted, i.e., Senior Associate to Senior Specialist, internal applicants already in one of the Career Levels would come across at their current Career Level. Internal applicants currently in a lower level Career Level would move to the lowest posted Career Level, and internal applicants in higher Career Levels may be considered, on an exception basis, to come across laterally based on the applicant's education and experience, and the scope of work being performed in the role.

Requires a Q clearance; however all qualified candidates will be considered regardless of their current clearance status. The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy Q clearance is required.

Position may require entry into Materials Access Areas (MAA) and participation in the Human Reliability Program (HRP). If HRP is required, candidate must complete a counterintelligence-scope polygraph, pursuant to 10CFR 709. Medical requirements may apply.

CNS is a drug-free workplace. Candidates accepting a job offer will be required to pass a pre-placement physical, drug screening and background investigation. As an employee, you may be required to receive and maintain a security clearance from the United States Department of Energy in order to meet eligibility requirements for access to sensitive information or matter. U.S. citizenship is a requirement for security clearance applicants. All employees are subject to being randomly selected for drug testing without advance notification.

CNS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, disability or veteran status.