Director North America Labor and Employee Relations

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Neenah, WI
Director North America Labor and Employee Relations

Job Description

Director North America Labor and Employee Relations

Location: Neenah, Wisconsin or Roswell, Georgia

Position Purpose:

Lead strategist for K-C's US proactive and reactive labor relations initiatives. Responsible for the design, implementation, training, execution and results of programs.

Role Accountabilities:


* Advises regional business leadership on the implications of short and long term decisions, M&A strategies, and large scale change efforts by providing labor/employee relations expertise and guidance.

* Advises on plans and path to achieve standardization required in labor and employment practices as part of the Global HR and Supply Chain transformations, including: wage and benefit strategies and implementation, proactive ER and engagement strategies and implementation, HR best practice audits, organizational health processes and tracking.

* In partnership with key stakeholders, leads development of regional collective bargaining, contract labor and hourly wage and benefit strategies using a consistent approach and methodology across the region.

* Maintains a strong collaborative relationship with the Employment & Labor Law Center of Excellence, Supply Chain, HRBPs and other key stakeholders.

* May serve as primary spokesperson for bargaining as needed.

* Provides strategic guidance on significant grievance and arbitration matters.

* Leads other labor and employee relations initiatives as needed.

Capability Building

* Provides guidance to HR and managers regarding the intent, application, and compliance requirements of labor agreements.

* Provides leadership, guidance and training for collective bargaining.

* Provides guidance and support on the drafting of responses to grievances, memoranda of understanding, side agreements, labor agreement provisions and other related items.

* Provides training to HR and managers on a variety of topics including labor and employee relations best practices, workforce analytics and risk mitigation.

* Leads project as sponsor or subject matter expert to build and implement organizational capability

* Monitors legal developments relating to labor and employee relations.

* Provides regular updates to key stakeholders on emerging labor and employee relations topics.

* Creates and maintains library of best practices and tools in global centralized location.

Risk Assessments

* Leverages internal and external data sources and subject matter experts to conduct risk assessments.

* Leads early issue identification and risk mitigation processes at region manufacturing facilities.

* Conducts fact finding investigation activities related to labor relations concerns and prescribes appropriate actions.

Stakeholder Management

* Requires exceptional stakeholder management skills.

* Networks with other leading CPC companies in region through industry associations to identify emerging trends and best practices.

* Builds and maintains productive and trusting relationships with unions and other labor stakeholders in industry and region.

* Leads a regular cadence of internal key stakeholder connections including: Human Resources, Supply Chain, Legal, Compliance, Global Rewards, Finance

Policies & Practice Ownership: North America Drug & Alcohol Guidelines; NA Non-solicitation Policies


* Knowledge and skill level is typically developed through bachelors or advanced degree.

* 10+ years of successful experience leading the practice of Labor and Employee Relations in a manufacturing environment, across multiples unions/agreements and sites, building trust and cooperative relationships.

* Experience in crafting long term labor strategies, driving progress against objectives over multiple contracts.

* Experience in leading negotiations for positive results, dispute resolution, preparing and testifying in labor and employment law matters, crisis management and investigation experience.

* Experience in development of high performance work systems to include change strategies and high employee engagement processes.

* Project and program management – proven ability to strategically prioritize, self-manage projects to success and mobilize resources.

* Exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills

* Demonstrated ability to influence and lead at all level of the organization, with business acumen, smart risk taking, emotional intelligence, above average tactical skills and stress tolerance.

* Preferred experience in building organizational capability

* Role Requirements: Must be able to travel up to 50% of time

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work. If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark.

Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

This position may require a post-offer/pre-hire Physical Abilities Test (PAT) to confirm that individuals are able to perform the essential functions of the job.

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship. This position is subject to drug and alcohol testing, including pre-employment testing.



Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:K-C will support global relocation for the chosen candidate for the role, including assistance to obtain proper work authorization. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K-C's applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will decided in K-C's sole discretion.

Primary LocationUSA-WI-Neenah

Additional LocationsUSA-GA-Atlanta-Roswell

Worker TypeEmployee

Worker Sub-TypeRegular

Time TypeFull time

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