National Grid Labor & Employee Relations Manager in Albany, New York

_About the Position:_

To lead the labor and employee relations processes acting as the face of the company in negotiations and discussions to ensure that corporate policies relating to employee discipline and other employment actions are handled fairly and consistently. The successful candidate must reside in or around the Albany or Schenectady location.

_Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):_

  • Assist contract negotiations and agreements with the union representatives 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 the line managers to ensure that standards are applied consistently and correctly.

  • Prepare cases for presentation at 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.

  • 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 practice within own area of specialism.

_Knowledge & Experience Required:_

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resource Management, or a business-related area (or equivalent work experience) is required.

  • Advanced degree/credits are preferred.

  • At least 5 years or more of Employee and Labor 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 Company personnel policies and procedures, Union contracts and special agreements, and the ability to interpret and apply the provisions of same.

  • Knowledge of current trends in Human Resource management and applicable Federal and State 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.

*Capability Requirements*:

  • Capable of interfacing and actively building and maintaining relationships with all levels of management, bargaining unit employees and representatives.

  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills including the ability to negotiate effectively.

  • Understands and identifies several likely causes or consequences of a situation from previous experience and applies this in current situations.

  • Is receptive to change and is willing to change ideas or opinions based on new information or contrary evidence.

  • Demonstrates the ability to establish the facts behind employee grievances and complaints by digging deeper, asking probing questions and challenging initial responses from different sources.

  • Adapts the content and style of messages, based on an understanding of a particular group, that will appeal to their interests and produce the best result.


/National Grid is an equal opportunity employer thatvaluesa broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture ofinclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to bean affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team./


Job: *Labor & Empl Relations

Organization: *Labor & Empl Relations

Title: Labor & Employee Relations Manager

Location: NY-Albany

Requisition ID: 20172997

Other Locations: NY-Schenectady