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Manager, Employee Relations
Job#: Req #11978
Positions: 1
Posted: 02/15/2018
Job Type: Full Time
Location: US-AL-Bessemer (AL Works)
Department: Human Resources
Category: Human Resources
Salary: Salary
Benefits: Full Benefits
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Job Description

U.S. Pipe continues to lead the industry through the principles the company was established on over 100 years ago: Innovation, Service and Quality.

But what really sets U.S. Pipe apart isn't just our pipe. It's all the other superior products we manufacture. From restrained joints to welded outlets and fittings, we've been producing dependable and economical solutions for our customers for over 100 years.

AL Works

Two Facilities: Bessemer and Mini – Mill

Three (3) Unions – (IBEW, USW, IAM)

Six (6) Collective Bargaining Agreements

Approximately 715 employees, with approximately 550 of those being represented

Position reports to the HR Manager

Position has no Direct Reports

Key Responsibilities

The employee relations manager is responsible for managing a range of activities related to employee/labor relations functions at our Alabama Works Campus located in Bessemer, Alabama. The primary function of this position is managing Labor and Employee Relations activities. Key responsibilities include the following:

  • Implements and maintains the Company’s labor relations programs, policies and procedures.
  • Builds effective and sustainable union and/or employee relationships.
  • Responsible for timely answers to all grievances, request for information and contractual procedures relative to the grievance process.
  • Gathers investigatory materials  as required to properly defend the Company during arbitration hearings.
  • Works with legal team in preparing documents relative to the defense of the Company in issues pertaining to NLRB charges, EEOC complaints etc.
  • Administers and interprets various labor agreements, administers grievance procedures; provides labor relations support during contract negotiations.
  • Acts as a liaison between department managers and union representatives.
  • Provides advice and counsel to managers and supervisors regarding personnel practices, policy and employment laws.
  • Ensures compliance with all state and federal discrimination and employment regulations.
  • Analyze compliance requirements, trends and key metrics and partner with the broader HR organization to develop and implement solutions, programs and policies.
  • Conduct effective and objective investigations.
  • Create and implement communication plans that support key business and HR-related initiatives.
  • Provides up to date metrics and tracking to document the labor relations activities of the site.

Required Skills, Experience and Education

  • Minimum of five to seven (5-7) years of progressive Employee/Labor Relations experience.
  • Strong labor relations experience.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to positively influence at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven track record in developing and aligning HR strategy with business initiatives.
  • Independent thinker with strong decision making skills.
  • Highly results oriented with the ability to organize, prioritize and implement multiple projects within targeted deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate and communicate business strategies into measurable and operational people strategies, plans and actions.
  • Broad business knowledge and demonstrated ability to stay abreast of business and functional trends.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with confidential and sensitive matters in a professional and discretionary manner. 
  • Experience in all areas of employee relations (investigations, arbitrations, grievance analysis, employee engagement, workforce planning, etc.)
  • Bachelor's Degree in HR, Business, and/or Industrial Relations or equivalent is required. Master’s degree is a plus. SPHR/PHR certification is a plus.
  • Experience in a fast paced union or manufacturing environment is desired.
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