Full Job Description
Albertsons Companies is at the forefront of the revolution in retail. With a fixation on innovation and building culture, our team is rallying our company around a unique vision: forging a retail winner that is admired for national strength, deep roots in the communities we serve, and a team that has passion for food and delivering great service.
Albertsons is one of the largest retail employers, providing approximately 300,000 jobs across 2,200 stores, 22 distribution centers, 20 food and beverage plants and various support offices. We operate in 34 states and the District of Columbia under the Albertsons banner, as well as Safeway, Tom Thumb, Jewel Osco, Shaw's and many more recognizable names.
What you will be doing
The Director Labor Relations is responsible for managing, negotiating, and implementing contracts and collective bargaining agreements for all unionized warehouse and supply plants in the U.S. divisions. This role also handles any exceptions in contracts, interpretation of complex terms or rules if escalated as well as jointly managing healthcare trust funds with union representatives.
The Director will report to the SVP of Labor Relations. This position will be based out of our divisional offices in Itasca, IL, but may work remotely until our offices reopen.
Work with union representatives to ensure contracts are in place in warehouse, supply and distribution centers.
Work with management to determine the needs of the business (quality, safety, performance, etc.) and work with union representatives to work towards an agreement. This includes drafting initial proposals and reviewing union requests and feedback. Must negotiate terms that best satisfy the needs of our warehouses, supply centers, employees and overall business. Once terms have been agreed upon work on putting together the final contract and communicating the terms to all management and employees as applicable.
Act as the subject matter expert on contracts and manage and handle all escalated employee issues or problems related to the interpretation of the contracts. Negotiate and resolve difficult problems including discharge and termination of employees. Partner closely with Labor Directors for particular divisions as needed to manage and administer any resolutions. Provide strategic direction and manage precedent setting issues or cases that come up that could have a significant impact to the business and operations.
Jointly manage trusts between labor, management and third-party service providers. Work with actuaries to determine projected costs and associated expenses to administer and fund different health and disability plan options. Identify and select a contract with third party negotiators (benefit providers, clinics) that will handle the payment and administration of the benefits. Review the benefit financial statements on a quarterly basis and audit/ monitor these accounts to ensure expenses are in line with expectations and that the trusts are properly funded.
Collaborate closely with distribution and supply management and ensure that contract terms and rules are being properly adhered to. Work with the ESC staff and make sure that all scheduled updates to employee records, payroll, pension departments, benefits, etc. are properly administered and done according to the contract terms.
Partner with unions daily to manage day to day issues and ongoing contract negotiations. Work with federal and state regulators on compliance and employer requirement standards and laws. Federal and local agencies include DOL, FLSA, ERISA, ADA HIPAA and the EEOC, etc.
Works closely with payroll and other administrative departments to ensure proper interpretation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements.
What we are searching for
Excellent contract negotiation skills
Ability to work in cross functional teams and to work towards a consensus
Knowledge of business operations with the ability to see the long-term objectives and goals Superior writing and contract development skills required
Legal knowledge as it relates to writing and interpreting contracts
Ability to diplomatically deal with difficult external groups and unions that have completely different objectives
Ability to partner with Distribution, Warehouse and Supply Center management to determine the business needs and ensure that these areas are captured in the contracts
We believe the successful candidate has these qualifications and experience:
12 years or more experience required to perform role successfully
Experience with pension and benefit programs and how they are administered and what they typically cost
Experience with jointly managed trusts and how to set them up, administer them and ensure they are performing according to the terms of the agreement
Experience with federal and state requirements and agencies including DOL, EEOC, HIPAA, ADA, etc.
What it is like at Albertsons?
Albertsons Culture Principles
Compassion: We always treat each other with kindness and respect
Team: We always support and recognize each other
Inclusive: We always value everyone's perspective
Learning: We always strive to grow and develop ourselves and others
Competitive: We always act with integrity to win over the customer
Ownership: We always take actions to drive our success