Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. We operate about 2,300 stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2017 alone, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation gave nearly $300 million in financial support and resources to worthy causes across the country.
JOB TITLE: VP Labor Relations, Distribution & Supply
The VP Labor Relations, Distribution & Supply 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.
- 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.
Internal: Warehouse, Distribution & Supply Center management and staff, ESC, HR, Labor Relations, Finance, Benefit
External: Union representatives, lawyers, actuaries, vendors
Relevant Experience, Education, Certification, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor's degree
- 12 years or more experience required to perform role successfully
- 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
- Knowledge of pension and benefit programs and how they are administered and what they typically cost Knowledge of jointly managed trusts and how to set them up, administer them and ensure they are performing according to the terms of the agreement
- Knowledge of federal and state requirements and agencies including DOL, EEOC, HIPAA, ADA, etc.
- 80% or more travel required
- Most work is performed in a temperature-controlled office environment while sitting for long periods of time at desk or computer terminal.
- Incumbent may use keyboards, telephone, and other office equipment during normal workday
- Stooping, bending, twisting, and reaching may be required in completion of job duties