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Labor & Employee Relations Manager

Brooklyn, New York

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At National Grid we are committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to the customers and communities we serve. We are one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We are proud of the contributions our work and our people make to the prosperity and wellbeing of our customers, communities and investors.

We are currently looking for highly motivated individuals who want to join a dynamic and fast paced organization going through a major transformation. If you are someone who’s looking to bring innovation, contribute ideas and play a part in renewing the global procurement organization we want to hear from you! 

Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Director of Labor & Employee Relations, this position is responsible for the day-to-day administration, interpretation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements; handling and investigation of union grievances, discipline and special assignments; dispute resolution; training; and similar employee relations issues and initiatives for assigned DNY business areas. The position serves as the primary point of contact for union leadership and its representatives in defined business areas.

The successful candidate must reside in Downstate NY (in or around NYC/LI) and be able to readily access the Company’s service territory in the Metro-NY region (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island). 

Key Accountabilities
  • Assist contract negotiations and agreements with union representatives and counterparts, including standards of work and contract content to ensure best value for National Grid.
  • Manage employee complaints and grievances through the relevant procedures to secure the most beneficial outcome for both the employee and National Grid.
  • Provide advice and technical expertise on labor relations matters to line managers and supervisors to ensure that relevant labor contract terms, company policies, procedures and standards are applied consistently and correctly.
  • Prepare cases for presentation at internal and external hearings and proceedings to support the achievement of successful outcomes for National Grid.
  • Monitor and control allocated human and material resources, maintaining financial and progress forecasting in order to ensure special labor relations projects are delivered according to schedule and within budget.
  • Knowledge of Company personnel policies and procedures, labor contracts and special agreements, and the ability to interpret and apply the provisions of same.
  • Work with business units to translate labor relations objectives into well-defined requirements with clearly defined business cases in order to support change and innovation within National Grid.
  • Develop and utilize peer group network in order to absorb and apply best practices within own business client areas.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources Management, or a business-related area (or equivalent work experience) is required.
  • Advanced degree/credits are preferred.
  • At least 5 years of Labor & Employee Relations experience.
  • Prior supervisory experience of bargaining unit employees is strongly preferred.
  • Valid driver's license with a safe driving history.
  • Thorough knowledge of practices, principles and applications pertaining to the labor relations profession.
  • Knowledge of current trends in Human Resource management and applicable Federal, State and Local statutes and regulations. In-depth knowledge of labor law, equal employment and affirmative action programs, ADA, FMLA, FSLA, etc.
  • Knowledge of Department of Transportation and Corporate drug testing programs and regulations, wage administration and job evaluations systems.
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National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise.  We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve.  National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.

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