American Water Employee Relations Business Partner in Naperville, Illinois
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.
Responsible for providing guidance, support, and recommendations on various levels of employee relations issues. Will build strong partnerships and work closely with all levels of leadership, HR Business Partners, Legal and other internal teams with a goal of driving a consistent, equitable, and positive experience for our employees in line with our company values. Responsible for providing thought leadership, coaching, guidance and support on varying levels of employee relations issues. Responsible for effective service delivery, process improvements and system utilization. Demonstrates AWK’s values by collaborating with key stakeholders and building strong partnerships across all levels of leadership, HRBP’s, Labor, HR COE’s, Legal, etc. to drive a consistent, fair, compliant and stellar employee experience and corporate culture This position is part of the HR Operations COE. The position will support numerous locations in multiple states or businesses across American Water. Must possess the ability to form fast, effective relationships, both with leadership, and with union-represented employees.
The Employee Relations Business Partner will be responsible for investigations, employee questions, issues tracking, employee discipline.
Builds effective business relationships through exceptional service delivery and communication.
Ensures a stellar employee experience that aligns with AWK’s values.
Serve as an ER expert, providing guidance on employee concerns and conducting investigations, demonstrating effective listening, probing, and investigatory skills with the ability to clearly and objectively synthetize information in a timely manner
Partner directly with, HR Business Partners Labor, and Legal on recommendations to resolve inquiries, concerns, and investigations in line with our company values
Act as a champion for compliance, helping to interpret company policies and processes, ensure consistent application, alignment with company priorities, and educate team members and other stakeholders as needed
Own assigned ER cases, documenting investigation findings according to best practices
Analyze and track employee relations trends to proactively identify and address areas of opportunity and improve employee engagement
Ensures a stellar employee experience that aligns with AWK’s values. Responsible for employee and manager communications and education.
Contributes to the development of the ER strategy
Serves as subject matter expert on complex issues and appropriately escalates.
Leads projects effectively, including initiating, planning, analyzing, Executing, measuring and communicating progress as assigned.
Manages assigned caseload
Partner with HR business partners to champion and promote a positive and open culture.
Supports a culture of passionate, values-driven, customer-obsessed people
Delivers fluid and timely people processes that allow for quick action and flexibility
Uses technologies to operate at the pace of the customer.
Offers foundational practices that can be personalized with focus on business need and impact
Provides proactive solutions through synergies and collaboration across the business
Customize business specific solutions
Direct experience handling all aspects of ER issues, including intake, review, and resolution
Advanced knowledge and practical application of best practices as it relates to workplace investigations
Understanding of the employment law and the ability to apply this knowledge to any challenging or sensitive situations.
Exceptional coaching, facilitation, and conflict resolution skills Strong influencing skills with the ability to advise HR Business
Partners and all levels of management around recommendations to resolve employee concerns and issues
Able to work independently and with a sense of urgency Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Capable of applying sound judgement and discretion when handling sensitive confidential information
Knowledgeable in equal opportunity and affirmative action requirements Confidentiality and sensitivity, particularly when making judgments on specific issues
Ability to navigate existing AW technologies. Ability to quickly learn emerging technologies.
Ability to proactively engage with the team and business on necessary data and business critical deadlines.
Whatever it takes" approach; sense of urgency, professional maturity & positive attitude.
Openness to change and risk-taking (outside of compliance/safety); enthusiastic learners.
Agility; Participation in continued/expanded use of pop-up teams.
True collaboration within the function and across the business.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with excellent usage of grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Must have the ability to deal with highly confidential information.
Detail oriented to conduct through analysis and evaluations.
Good skills for planning, organizing and communicating.
7+ years of experience as an HR professional. Experience in labor relations.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business Management, or related field preferred.
Up to 30% travel may be required.
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