- Time Management
- Benefits Administration
- Communication Skills
Kraft Heinz, The Company
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As part of the Kraft Heinz family you’re supported to grow and achieve. You’re recognized and rewarded for outstanding performance at every level. You’re given the opportunity to leave your mark and build legacies. But you won’t do it alone. This is where our values and teamwork thrives and collaborative spirit fuels every day.
Role / Title
Kraft Heinz’s Labor & Employment Counsel will provide practical L&E legal advice and strategic litigation management across Kraft Heinz’s U.S. Operations function and manufacturing facilities.
The position, located in downtown Chicago, will work closely with Kraft Heinz’s Human Resources partners to accomplish the Company’s workforce objectives while minimizing risk across various personnel matters, including performance management; reductions in force; talent acquisition; union relations; leaves of absence and accommodations; EEO/affirmative action; employee benefits, compensation and rewards; and learning and development, among other area. The Labor & Employment Counsel will also be responsible for managing outside counsel retained to represent Kraft Heinz in L&E litigation and providing L&E support on key business initiatives and human resource projects.
This position requires in-depth knowledge of anti-discrimination/harassment/retaliation laws, leave of absence and accommodation obligations, federal and state wage and hour requirements and traditional labor laws (NLRB). This position also requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to impact and influence Kraft Heinz’s workforce development and labor relations strategies.
Key Components of the Role
Human Resources Support: Counsel Human Resources on compliance with state and federal employment laws including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and FMLA; review and update employment policies and plan, including employee handbooks, bonus plans, compensation guidelines, summary plan descriptions and severance programs; train and advise HR on recent developments in employment law; support Labor Relations and factory HR partners in responding to union grievances, ULPs and arbitrations and implementing the Company’s union avoidance strategy; conduct legal review (including adverse impact analyses and WARN assessments) of workforce reductions, consolidations and restructurings; ensure wage and hour compliance through overtime, meal & rest break and employee classification audits.
Internal Dispute Resolution: Draft and submit position statements, responses to information requests and other responsive submissions in state and federal administrative agencies matters; represent Kraft Heinz in mediations and negotiate and draft settlement and separation agreements; respond to and resolve pre-litigation demands.
Outside Counsel Management: Oversee outside counsel in L&E matters, including establishing case strategy, reviewing and approving pleadings, discovery responses and dispositive motions and briefs, among other dispute management tasks; manage outside counsel spend to budget.
Minimum 5 years of labor & employment practice; law firm experience required.
Traditional labor experience required; employee benefits experience or interest preferred.
Excellent business judgment with the ability to provide sound legal advice which reflects an understanding of Kraft Heinz’s overall business objectives.
Ability to effectively manage outside counsel.
Exceptional organizational and time management skills with the ability to prioritize, coordinate and satisfy numerous competing demands.
Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to professionalism and integrity.
Self-motivated and ability to complete matters without supervision; must be able to work independently and be execution-oriented.
Superior written and verbal communication skills.
JD degree from an accredited law school; member of the Illinois State Bar in good standing.
Some travel required.
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity