HR Business Partner - Retail (Ottawa/Belleville) 16 month contract

Ottawa (City), Ontario, Kingston, ON, Belleville, ON
$70,000-$80,000 per year
April 29, 2021
June 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Job Description

  • Responsible to advise and support the Director of Operations and Store Managers on matters related to employee/labor relations and the HR functions for our Ottawa / Kingston / Belleville territories
  • Accountable for the consistent deployment of HR tools, systems, processes, policies and procedures and leadership development curriculum
  • Provide professional advice to Operations Management in relation to collective agreement administration, employment law, labor law, human rights matters, and any other issues which require conflict resolution  
  • Provide a strong voice within Retail operations as the advocate for HR requirements and employee considerations
  • Work with Labour Relations in collective agreement negotiations and on the administration of collective agreements (as applicable)
  • Partner with the Store Manager to investigate and address employee issues while ensuring consistency in progressive discipline and investigations
  • Ensure that we have consistently high levels of Management/Employee communications throughout our locations
  • Drive the creation and maintenance of a positive work environment between Operations Leadership, Store Management and all front line employees 
  • Proactively works with operations management to ensure that company policy, procedures and, where they exist, collective agreements are administered appropriately
  • Makes recommendations on unique issues not covered by current policies/ procedure and proposes policy changes
  • Coach managers through the progressive discipline and termination process
  • Liaise with security and legal counsel as required
  • Work with the recruitment team(s) to coordinate external recruitment plans (new stores/job fairs)
  • Coordinate employee position changes and store openings/closings/conversions
  • Lead the development and execution of an integrated workforce plan, succession plan and overall talent development plan to create a talent pipeline which supports operational requirements on an ongoing basis
  • Assists with WCB, STD, LTD, LOA and RTW procedures
  • Coach franchisees to enhance HR capabilities

Job Requirements

  • Ability to travel including overnight will be required within Ottawa / Kingston / Belleville areas
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Effectively create and manage workforce plans
  • Conduct investigations and take corrective action
  • Ability to coach, advise and partner effectively with Operations Leadership
  • Excellent technical HR skills and understanding of employment, Human Rights and Labour laws
  • Understanding of the principles of adult learning, engagement and facilitation of training sessions.
  • 5+ years HR Generalist experience or equivalent
  • Degree, diploma or certification in Human Resources or associated field or equivalent work experience
  • Undergraduate degree preferred
  • Retail experience preferred



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