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Whirlpool Corporation Labor Relations Manager in Amana, Iowa

Labor Relations Manager

Date: Apr 7, 2021

Location: Amana, IA, US, 52204

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 41954

Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Respect, integrity, diversity and inclusion, teamwork, and the spirit of winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of the world's leading major home appliance company.

Labor Relations Manager

Functional Overview:

Working from our premier refrigeration manufacturing facility in Amana, Iowa, - the second-largest plant in Iowa and located about 25 miles west from both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, the Labor Relations Manager is responsible for managing the Labor Relations functions for our unionized manufacturing plant of 3,000 represented employees.

We are seeking qualified candidates to join our Business Human Resources (HR) team where you will be expected to work creatively and collaboratively with all levels and functions. In our fast-paced and diverse plant, you are the strategic business partner contributing to a positive labor and employee relations environment. Reporting to the HR Director, you will own the Labor Relations strategy and manage day-to-day operational labor relations activity. You will have the political and organizational savvy to visualize, propose, adapt and successfully implement suitable Labor Relations solutions to support the needs of the organization.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson and company point of contact with the labor union, including responsibility for all activity including grievance administration, arbitration preparation, union meetings, contract administration, and contract negotiation preparation.

  • Promote collaborative labor relations with local union consistent with the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and business objectives. Develop and maintain progressive relationships with local union leadership and union committees (Machinists Union).

  • Coach and train business leaders, people leaders and employees, through both one-on-one interactions and presentations to management and senior leadership teams.

  • Apply data analytics and judgment to draw insights that inform business decision making, with specific emphasis on hourly employee attraction, retention, and engagement.

  • Actively champion World Class Manufacturing (WCM) deployment and core member of the People Development (PD) Pillar.

  • Partner with HR Operations, Payroll, and HR Centers of Excellence (CoEs) to analyze trends and metrics identify business needs, and develop integrated solutions, programs, and policies in support of the business strategy.

  • Provide positive employee relations support in support of other Whirlpool facilities in the United States.

  • Partner with Production Operations, HR Operations, Finance, and Industrial Engineering for hourly workforce planning, resource forecasting, and labor management.

  • In-depth decision-making and negotiation skills; demonstrated an ability to recognize alternatives, evaluate relevant information, and make decisions and recommendations with a high sense of urgency.

  • Ability to learn and use Google business suite applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides).

Minimum Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 5+ years of experience in Business Administration, Finance, Operations, or in a Human Resources Generalist role

  • 5+ years of experience as a Labor Relations practitioner with Labor Relations Grievance, Contract Administration, Negotiations, Strategy Accountabilities, National Labor Relations (NLRA), and Employment Law

Preferred Qualifications

  • First chair/primary negotiating experience for union contract negotiations including overall strategy, proposal generation, and bargaining table experience

  • Strong analytical skills including demonstrated proficiency analyzing data using Excel or Google Sheets with relation to labor relations, staffing, engagement, etc

  • Knowledge and experience using Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) systems (e.g. SAP, Success Factors, Kronos)

  • Labor Relations or HR experience in a large manufacturing environment

  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing or Continuous Improvement environments


Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 77,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2019. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit, and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at .

At Whirlpool Corporation, we believe that all people matter. Celebrating diversity and including thousands of perspectives empower us to create products that blend into every concept of home. Whirlpool Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Cedar Rapids

Nearest Secondary Market: Iowa City

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