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HR Leader, Labor & Employee Relations

Full-Time New Jersey, United States
Health & Biotech
02 August 2023
  • Serves as a strategic partner to HR Leadership and HR COEs to identify organizational needs, workforce trends, opportunities and develops a labor and employee relations strategy aligned to business objectives and overall employee experience.
  • Sets the strategic vision and ensures alignment of contract negotiation objectives resulting in collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) that support operational and HR goals.
  • Work with certain third parties including outside counsel relating to Labor and Employee Relations in the Workplace.
  • Conducts complex and highly sensitive workplace investigations using risk mitigation strategies
  • Provides practical advice on sensitive issues including, but not limited to, leading investigations, performance management consultation, conflict management, interpretation of policies or CBA language, and identifying coaching and development opportunities.
  • Counsel VP, directors, and managers consistent with Avantor policies/practices, legal considerations, and company priorities—advocating both company and employee concerns
  • Forges positive relationships with employees and leaders by ensuring that employee relations issues are addressed in a comprehensive and collaborative manner.
  • Advocates for fair & appropriate workplace practices in accordance with mission and values
  • Drives a culture of risk management, process improvement, innovation, and transformation.
  • Change Management/Organization Leadership:
  • Provide strategic direction to build upon our high-performance culture
  • Design strategic initiatives to ensure organizational effectiveness
  • Partner with management to ensure effective organization structure, design, and staffing models
  • Assess and facilitate organization design and leadership changes
  • Talent Management/Development:
  • Identify and plan for future talent needs while upgrading the talent bench
  • Drive progress toward DEI goals and ensure diversity of talent
  • Lead talent strategies to enable rapid global growth, supporting any potential M&A activities
  • Manage HR projects in partnership with the Senior HR Director, such as strategic workforce planning, functional excellence strategies, and organizational capability assessments
  • Total Rewards Management:
  • Partner with the COE to effectively implement and communicate Avantor compensation and benefits programs to successfully attract, motivate and retain employees
  • Ensure clear differentiation of performance in rewards and recognition


Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master's degree preferred (Business, I/O Psychology or Human Resources)

Experience: 10+ years of progressive experience in HR

5+ years of progressively responsible experience in labor and employee relations principles and practices including collective bargaining within a large, complex, diverse organization with large hourly workforce and 24/7 operations; manufacturing or distribution industry experience helpful.

Strong technical knowledge of U.S. federal, state, and local employment laws.

Successful track record as an HRBP

Previous HR leadership roles in a high-growth, fast-paced business

5+ years’ experience in providing work direction and leadership to people and teams.

Experience in HR strategy development and execution

Experience in a global, matrix management structure

Experience in a biopharmaceutical or related life sciences industry preferred.

Excellent oral and written communication skills

HRIS (Workday, preferred), database, spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing software.



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