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Senior Labour Relations Manager


Burnaby, British Columbia, CA

Requisition ID: 101568 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Human Resources 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

The Labour Relations Manager is a senior level leader in our Western Canada District. This vital role leads all District labour relations strategy and execution and is the chief labor relations agent for the assigned business(es) across our Western Canada Operations.  Successful LRMs are business minded professionals that drive critical plans and actions with the executive team.  The LRM achieves their business objectives through the effective utilization (brokering) of relationships with various unions, company project leaders, various Joint-Venture partners and subcontractors, and internal legal department. 


This position will report to the District Manager and work closely with the District and Project leadership teams.  Primary responsibilities will be to ensure LR strategy execution and performance for the assigned projects within our Western Canada operations by advising on the labor risks and changing labour laws as well as understanding / analyzing labor supply and market trends.     

District Overview

Kiewit’s Western Canada District is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.  We primarily perform heavy civil projects specializing in earth moving, transportation, roadways, bridges, water resources, and underground utilities. We are looking for hard working individuals with a passion for construction who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! Our current opportunities are spread across the entire west coast of Canada. 


This position will be based out of Burnaby, BC.


•    Drives the development of LR related strategies for the district, in partnership with internal legal department and ensure implementation and execution.
•    Maintains knowledge of progressive LR practices, laws, trends and data points within the Western Canadian region to drive enhancements.
•    Serves as a change agent by influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational effectiveness.
•    Supports the organization in areas of labour relations such as collective agreement bargaining, contract language interpretation and application.
•    Supports the collective bargaining process, including conducting market research data; costing proposals and maintaining bargaining files and notes.
•    Provides labour relations training and consultation to district teams ad site leadership teams.
•    Coordinates all labour related matters for  project sites involving all contractors.
•    Evaluates and communicates risks & opportunities of various labour/employee relations approaches to ensure appropriate and consistent decisions are made.
•    Takes a “hands-on”, supportive role in labour/employee relations issue prevention and/or resolution, and
•    Maintains relationships with key external organizations, institutions, associations and governmental agencies that affect labour/employee relations.
•    Understands the commercial risks and opportunities associated with the collective bargaining agreements. Including the ability to support pricing of work against these agreements.


This position requires an experienced LR expert with ability to develop strong relationships with key constituents quickly, develop compliant policies and practices in a manner resulting in reducing labor risks and maximizing organizational ability to perform work safely and profitably.

•    10-15 years’ experience of progressive LR experience with construction and unions
•    Solid knowledge of Provincial and federal labor relations practices, preferably within Western Canada region.
•    Working knowledge of construction industry and the LR exposure contained in this business segment.
•    Bachelor’s degree preferred
•    Ability to communicate and influence individuals and groups to gain buy-in and acceptance of new ideas and approaches
•    Proven ability to take initiative and build strong and productive personal relationships
•    Sound business acumen and analytical skills
•    Ability to travel up to 50% of the time

We believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination, and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

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