Director, Labor Relations
Job Posted: 14 November 2022
Company: Sodexo
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Virtual in CA


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Unit Description

Join a great team where people are at the heart of everything we do!

Sodexo is seeking a Labor Relations Director to manage labor relations activity across an assigned territory including leading labor negotiations, interpreting and administering of collective bargaining agreements and grievance procedures and building constructive union relationships. This position will work remotely from a home office. All highly qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be located in CA, NV, AZ or TX.  

The successful candidate will:

  • Prepare collective bargaining agreement negotiation strategies, lead and conduct negotiations, and perform tasks necessary to finalize signed agreements.
  • Engage with legal, operations, and others as necessary to monitor and ensure appropriate conduct of elections or other recognition processes.
  • Assist and support labor contract administration to include grievance resolution and arbitration advocacy, among other related tasks.
  • Administer the Company's labor relations policy subject to management guidance and approval.
  • Utilize costing model and other department tools effectively and provide timely, accurate reports as requested.
  • Review and evaluate collective bargaining agreements, provide accurate costing analysis, identify risks, and develop solutions to mitigate risk and support operations and sales objectives.
  • Manage portfolio of assigned contracts and accounts to ensure outcomes consistent with objectives.
  • Develop and maintain constructive union relationships.
  • Partner with sales, retention, operations, HR, legal and others to promote profitable growth of Sodexo, engagement of employees, and compliance with Sodexo policies and applicable laws.
  • Provide training to management and employees, and direct and oversee training programs.
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant political, economic, legal, and market developments and trends.
  • Keep supervisor and leadership informed of material issues.
  • Conduct business in accordance with Sodexo policies and applicable laws.

Is this opportunity right for you? We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Strong experience with all aspects of labor relations, including knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act, Taft-Hartley Act, Canadian Labor laws, global labor standards, and other labor regulations, acts, or laws and Sodexo policies; union organizing campaigns and recognition processes; the collective bargaining process, multi-employer bargaining, and contract negotiation; labor contract interpretation and administration, handling of grievances, mediation and arbitration; business acquisition and divestiture; NLRB proceedings; and constructive engagement with labor organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience with human resources matters, including EEO, diversity & inclusion, employee relations and engagement, safety & health, compensation & benefits, training & talent development, and talent management.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work with all levels of management, front-line employees, and labor unions.
  • Ability to leverage a collaborative and supportive approach to lead and motivate teams and end-to-end management of negotiations.
  • Experience in the service industry, particularly where services are provided on client premises, is strongly preferred.
  • Spanish-English fluency is strongly preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
  • A Master's Degree in a related field or J.D. is a plus.
  • At least 3 - 10 years of labor negotiations experience as the chief spokesperson.
  • At least 5 years of traditional labor relations experience required.
  • years prior Human Resources Generalist experience is a plus.
  • years prior labor & employment law practice experience is a plus, but not required.
  • This job is 100% remote.
  • Ability to travel as needed, up to 50%-70%. 

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Position Summary

Under general direction, manages labor and employee relations matters involving considerable responsibility, complexity, and variety in their designated area. Leads and coordinates company responses to organizing activity. Trains and guides operations managers on employee relations and NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) compliance. Serves as the chief spokesperson in labor negotiations and primary counsel on labor
contract administration. Advises operations managers on issues arising under
the NLRA and their impact on operations, implementation of the company’s labor
relations policies, and general methods of positive employee relations.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
Basic Management Experience – 7 years   
Basic Functional Experience - 7 years labor relations experience in lead negotiating role.
Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.