Senior Manager, Labor Relations in Oak Brook, IL at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 7/8/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IL Oak Brook

Job Type:

Human Resources General

Job Posting Title:

Senior Manager, Labor Relations

Job Description:

Establishes and maintains productive and positive relationships with key business leaders and union representatives.  Participates in the organization’s collective bargaining process and works to ensure that labor agreements are implemented and administered appropriately.  Supports the Field HR organization in administering the grievances and arbitration process, and seeks to resolve disputes between workers and management.  Participates in the development of labor strategies and execution of  labor contract negotiations.  Represents the Company during Labor Contract Negotiations.  Contributes to other functional areas (such as compensation and benefits, recruitment, training, and development) as they pertain to the organizations unionized workforce.  

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Serves as first or second-chair spokesperson in contract negotiations and other dealings with local unions.
  • Coordinates with local management, corporate pension and benefits specialists, and senior leadership in preparing negotiation strategy and proposals to determine feasibility, cost, effects on operations and relationship to prevailing trends in the industry and the geographic area.
  • In consultation with others, drafts contract language and proposals.
  • Advises local HR managers and management personnel in administering contracts and labor relation policies / practices that are in compliance with federal / state laws, organization policies / practices, and applicable collective bargaining agreements.
  • Manages company responses to union organizing activity and coordinates union election campaigns, including training of management personnel, interfacing with unions and NLRB.
  • Actively participates in the development and implementation of a broad, well-balanced and effective labor relations strategy, including developing and implementing union-free training and proactive strategies to respond to union organizing.
  • Coordinates with in-house legal counsel, payroll, EHS, and benefits specialists on implementation of policies and procedures in union locations.
  • Must be able to independently research and respond to sophisticated and complex labor relations and employment law issues in a time sensitive and client service oriented environment.
  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of applicable labor and employment laws and regulations at the state and federal level, WARN, FLSA, FMLA and NLRA.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities (List all required):

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the field's policies, procedures and practices; Performs complex tasks; directs the work of other employees.
  • May have some impact on departmental budgeting, strategic planning and procedural change.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding collaboration, facilitation and influence management skills; Ability to work well across multiple functions.

Education:   Bachelor’s Degree Required – Type: Human Resources or related field


Minimum Experience Preferred (Number of years and type):

  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in human resources with experience in negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, including negotiations, labor arbitrations and grievance proceedings, preferably in a manufacturing or distribution environment.
  • Master’s in Labor Relations preferred but not required

Travel Requirements: up to 50%  

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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