Employee Relations Specialist

June 2 2019
Industries Retail
Categories HR, Training, Labor Relations - Legal
Burnaby, BC

Employee Relations Specialist
Regular, Full-Time – Burnaby
Management Band 3

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Posting Closing Date: Applications will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis until a closing date is determined. The closing date will be published with 5 days’ notice.

The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) is one of the largest distributors and retailers of beverage alcohol in Canada, generating a net income of approximately $1.08 billion on annual sales of approximately $3.3 billion in fiscal 2016/17.

The LDB is also confirmed as the sole wholesaler of Cannabis products in British Columbia, and will be opening Cannabis retail operations and e-commerce operations beginning in 2018. The LDB has a workforce of over 4,000 full and part-time employees, operates 198 retail stores across the province, oversees the operations of approximately 220 Rural Agency Stores and has the role of wholesaler to approximately 700 private liquor retail outlets and 10,000 licensed establishments.

The LDB is a unique government entity that operates with similar independence to a Crown Corporation under the direction of a General Manager and CEO.

The Employee Relations Specialist reports to the Director, Employee Relations and Occupational Health & Safety. The individual in this position provides expertise, leadership and direction to, and on behalf of, the Liquor Distribution Branch, with respect to the interpretation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, compliance with labour, employment and human rights laws, policies and procedures, workplace accommodation matters, and managing in a unionized environment.

The Employee Relations Specialist is responsible for the conduct of major workplace investigations, completing related documentation and reports pertaining to these matters, and making recommendations regarding outcomes. Options are developed to resolve employee relations issues for costly and/or precedent-setting contentious matters and significant policy proposals.

This position is also responsible for providing supervision and direction to Labour Relations Advisors, and for the development and for the implementation of workplace initiatives designed to support the management team at the LDB with a goal of continuously enhancing the services provided by the department. The Employee Relations Specialist may also represent the Branch with respect to arbitration cases, Labour Relations Board inquiries, Human Rights matters and union-management committees.

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications, and competencies.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position. This information will be used as part of the selection process.

An eligibility list for permanent or temporary future opportunities may be established. This position is excluded from union membership.

Only applications submitted using the BC Public Service Recruitment System on this website will be accepted. For more information about how to create or update your profile, please refer to the How to Apply section below.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact Ray Sandhu by phone at 1-604-252-8569. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

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Education and Experience:

Post-secondary degree or diploma, with a minimum of 5 years’ recent and progressive related experience in a related discipline such as labour relations, employee relations, human resources, administrative law, in investigations. An equivalent combination of education and recent experience may be considered. Related and relevant experience includes:

Recent, Related Experience must include:

Minimum of two years (within the last five years) related experience:

• Demonstrated leadership and management of staff ,within a labour relations environment, inclusive of the senior advisory level

• Leading and directing complex labour relations and employee relations investigations

• Advising stakeholders across the organization on labour and employee relations cases and issues

• Strong evidence gathering to support recommendations and decisions

• Comprehensive report writing that includes providing supporting legislation, legal and arbitral jurisprudence

• Experience applying due diligence regarding legal implications and applying various Acts and policies to a variety of labour relations situations

• Strong aptitude towards positive client/service and internal/external stakeholder relationship building

• Experience in a unionized working environment addressing conflict situations with the intent to develop mutually acceptable outcomes for all parties

• Direct experience and knowledge relating to labour relations best practices and providing leadership in effective management in a unionized work environment

• Experience applying legislation and/or policy to all applicable aspects of labour relations including employment case law

• Developing and delivering presentations and training to support organizational labour and employee relations initiatives

• Experience in business transformation and change leadership initiatives

• Third party interventions – conducting reviews and/or appeals on behalf of the employer when required

• Representing cases at quasi-judicial hearings


• Significant knowledge of employment, labour and human rights related legislation and experience interpreting and applying collective agreements.

• Significant knowledge of labour relations best practices, including grievance management and resolution.

Skills & Abilities:

• Demonstrated ability to proactively build and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

• Demonstrated experience in providing labour relation services to a client group, including grievance/arbitration procedures, and best practices pertaining to workplace reviews and investigations.

• Demonstrated experience as a progressive manager providing leadership and development opportunities for staff in a fast-paced, changing work environment.

• Demonstrated ability to exercise a high level of independence in critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving, and judgement in directing and managing labour relations files and workplace accommodation files, as well as labour and employee relations programs and services.

• Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with all levels within an organization.

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