Principal, Employee Relations

Description

Principal, Employee Relations

This position requires an individual who has significant employee and labor relations experience, deep subject matter knowledge, and strong communication and interpersonal skills that enables the individual to work successfully on a broad spectrum of employee and labor relations issues and projects. The position supports Amazon.com's U.S. fulfillment center (FC) locations.

The central objective of Amazon's employee relations team is to ensure our organization's treatment of employees is fair, respectful, and consistent with our framework of our core business values and objectives. To support that objective, this position's responsibilities fall into proactive and reactive categories. The individual will work as a project manager on proactive programs that improve local and network employee relations. The individual, for example, will work proactively to:

  • Partner with senior managers and HR teams to create and sustain positive employee relations programs and best practices
  • Design and conduct multiple positive labor relations trainings and communications
  • Design, collect, and analyze multiple levels of employee feedback
  • Conduct and oversee employee relations and vulnerability assessment programs
  • Partner to engage in continuous improvement in communication vehicles and practices
  • Analyze, diagnose, design, and revise people programs, policies, and practices to sustain positive employee relations

The individual also will work reactively on critical employee relations issues that are crisis-oriented and typically can only be successfully completed with limited time. Balancing time between projects and crisis-response is a critical component for success in the position.

The position reports to the Director of Employee Relations within the Operations Human Resources group at Amazon.com. The resident location of the individual is limited to specific locations in the United States, typically near clusters of FC and/or CS locations. This is a full-time position that will require significant travel, up to 35-50% of the time over the course of the year, with very heavy travel occurring between October and December.

Basic Qualifications

  • At least seven years direct experience in employee relations, labor relations, or labor/employment law with an emphasis on labor and employee relations work
  • Experience in manufacturing/distribution/call center locations nearly essential; some experience working in unionized settings a significant plus
  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree, JD, or other specialized training in labor/employee relations a significant plus
  • Solid understanding of federal and state employment & labor laws
  • Experience in designing and delivering successful training programs
  • Technically proficient in MS Word, Excel, Access, & PowerPoint, with ability to become proficient with HTML a plus
  • Able to pass a comprehensive background and reference check

Preferred Qualifications

  • Team player with strong written and oral communication skills; excellent public speaker
  • Strong interpersonal and persuasion skills, enabling individual to establish partnerships working with senior leaders and across organizational lines
  • Able to handle confidential information in a mature and professional manner
  • Highly analytical thinker and problem solver
  • Proven attention to detail; extremely organized
  • Acts with sense of urgency, bias for action, fast pace, and desire to thrive in a dynamically growing environment
  • High-quality judgment and sound decision-making
  • Strong project and time management skills with ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects to closure
  • Confident and innovative thinker; isn't satisfied with "checking the box" or just pulling out "what we did at my last job"

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