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Labor Relations Business Partner

American Water Works Service Company Inc
Camden, NJ 08102
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Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S.publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.comand follow American Water on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.

Primary Role

To optimize business performance by focusing on labor relations in the designated area, ensuring compliance to State and Federal laws, regulatory agencies, company policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Serve as facilitator of labor relations activities including the role of the chief spokesperson (first chair) in labor contract negotiations as part of the management negotiations team. Responsible for all labor relations functions including collective bargaining agreement administration, interpretation of labor contracts, application of contractual rights and responsibilities, research, analysis, strategy development, metrics, relationship-building and negotiation in designated areas of responsibility. The ideal candidate may work from any of our AW footprint locations.

Key Accountabilities

  • As part of the labor relations team, provides consultation and support to the business as the primary contact for all labor relations matters in designated areas of responsibility focusing on Collective Bargaining Agreement administration, interpretation, application, and negotiation.

  • Support internal organizational stakeholders in labor relations matters including prepare for labor negotiations, contract administration, contract language interpretation, application, and grievance procedures as well as participate in arbitrations, litigations, grievance meetings and hearings. Serve as the chief spokesperson (first chair) in labor contract negotiations as part of the management negotiations team.

  • Ensure compliance with various state and federal laws and/or agencies throughout diverse regions; guiding business managers to proactively identify and navigate risks.

  • Manage the collective bargaining process; develop contract language that meets organizational objectives, and assess the impact of scenarios for designated areas of responsibility.

  • Participate in and facilitate all processes of contract and mid-contract negotiations for all contracts in designated areas of responsibility.

Key Accountabilities Continued

  • Provide consistent labor relations information and advice to local management and other HR professionals as required.

  • Develop and support the development of positive, constructive Union/Management relationships.

  • Assist with Corporate Governance activities as directed. Provide expert advice and guidance in support of business development projects (due diligence; labor/employee relations; inputs on bids; integration, data collection, document archiving, metrics development etc.) including Union Awareness requirements (if needed).

  • Work within AW Labor Relations Strategies to implement practices, policies and programs that cultivate positive relationships in the Union/Non-Union and Management Workforce. Support and develop training programs and other development initiatives which drive and facilitate our success. Contribute to effective communication by listening and providing constructive feedback; supporting the creation of an open and honest work environment; cascading and sharing knowledge and information relevant to other members of the team and colleagues across the business


  • Ability to effectively provide expertise with Labor Relations and HR issues at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong management skills which include planning, organization, team building, strategic focus, influencing, and people development.

  • Proven track record of supporting change programs and partnering with business managers.

  • Ability to communicate effectively and with all levels within and outside the organization.

  • Extensive knowledge of all Human Resources areas including employment law, labor laws, EEO, ERISA, and other compliance mandates


  • Bachelors Degree in Human Resources or related field preferred; Masters Degree Desirable

  • Minimumof eight years Labor and Employment relations experience with a union workforce and labor contract negotiations or four years Labor and Employment relations experience with a union workforce and labor contract negotiations that includes at least 1 year experience at American Water in a union workforce environment. The following demonstration of experience is preferred:
    • Experience with arbitrations and mediations.

    • Demonstrated experience as the chief spokesperson (first chair) in labor contract negotiations.

    • Demonstrated record of building and fostering positive labor-management relationships

    • Experience with all varieties of HR issues with a tactical, hands-on approach.

Travel Requirements

  • >50%

Certifications & Licenses

  • HR Certification preferred

Work Environment

  • Modern day professional office environment


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Join American Water...We Keep Life Flowing

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Posted: 2021-11-11 Expires: 2021-12-10
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