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Labor Relations Manager in Chicago, IL at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 9/14/2020

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Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 33 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.

 BBU seeks a Labor Relations Manager to support sales, manufacturing and distribution operations by leading contract negotiations, providing day-to-day counseling and participating in special project work.  The successful candidate will operate within a matrix organization with primary reporting responsibility to the Director of Labor Relations. 

Key Job Responsibilities:

The Labor Relations Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Represent BBU as the chief spokesperson in collective bargaining with unions for multiple functions.

  • Provide strategic advice and counsel, as well as tactical guidance, to internal stakeholders in support of business priorities.

  • Effectively model and understand the cost impact related to bargaining proposals/contract settlements.

  • Collect and analyze internal and external data for use in developing labor strategy and formulating bargaining proposals.

  • Provide coaching, guidance and training to build and promote best practices in the area of contract administration and labor-management relations.

  • Work closely with business leaders to proactively respond to shifting business needs and associated labor implications. 

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with union counterparts to support mutually beneficial initiatives and resolve disputes and grievances. 

  • Direct multi-functional teams in preparation of negotiations.

  • Draft precise and effective internal and external communications.

  • Assist in preparing for arbitrations and other legal or administrative agency hearings.

  • Serve as Company trustee on multi-employer health and welfare and pension funds. 

  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% with extended overnight travel required.

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate posseses the following education and experience:

  • 2-6 years of experience in the labor relations field.

  • Bargaining experience preferably in a manufacting or sales enviorment. First chair preferred.

  • BA in Labor Relations, Human Relations or related field.  MA or JD preferred.

  • A combination of education, training and experience that results in demonstrated competency to perform the work may be substituted. 

Key Behavioral Competencies:

To perform this role successfully, the following list represents the knowledge, skills and abilities the Labor Relations Manager must possess to carry out each duty satisfactorily:

  • Highly motivated and competitive self-starter with strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Abilitiy to lead through persuasion and influence in stressful situations and to earn the respect of business partners. 

  • Critical thinker who can quickly indentify issues and develop creative and strategic solutions.

  • Ability to manage in a complex matrix environment and build consensus with internal and external partners.

  • Willingness and ability to drive change that enables maximum operational efficiency and productivity in a competitive marketplace. 

  • Ability to compile and analyze business data for purpose of formulating labor strategies and managing cost impact of proposals/settlement to business. 

  • Ability to organize and prioritize competing business demands and capacity to delegate appropriately. 


Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.