Senior Advisor Labour Relations (contract)

Requisition ID:  183178 
Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 
Job Category:  HR Labour Relations 
Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%
Job Type:  Full-Time
Country: Canada (CA) 
Province: British Columbia  
City: Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary
Embark on a rewarding career with Sobeys Inc., celebrated among Canada’s Top 100 employers, where your talents contribute to our commitment to excellence and community impact.

Our family of 131,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  
A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1,600 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 

Ready to Make an impact?

Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities, and we are always looking for bright new talent to join our team! We currently have a 12 months opportunity as Senior Advisor Labour relations.

Here’s where you’ll be focusing:

Responsible for the negotiation and administration of smaller Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) within his/her area of responsibility and supports the Director’s assistant during larger sets of negotiations:

  • Lead the negotiations team and act as principal negotiator during certain sets of negotiations under his/her responsibility
  • Determine negotiations approach to align with the Company’s strategic direction
  • Fully understand the competitive landscape and uses the data to prepare for and negotiate CBAs 
  • Understand and work toward maximum bargaining mandate on all major terms for each set of negotiations prior to entering into negotiations with a union
  • Maintain negotiating notes and file as required
  • Update the Director of Labour Relations on progress and take direction as required

Administration of CBAs, grievances and arbitrations:  

  • Ensure proper administration of CBAs
  • Follow processes on maintaining files on all original labour contracts and notes taken during negotiations, grievances and Arbitration hearings
  • Provide prompt, firm and accurate counsel to other Leaders who contact the LR department for guidance or assistance
  • Ensure that grievances are promptly and properly processed to avoid or minimize liability to the Company
  • Prepare for and represent the Company at Arbitration hearings
  • Work with HR and Operations on the resolution of grievances as requested

Incident Management:

  • Review all incident reports and provides recommendations on discipline to operators ensuring that discipline is correctly and consistently administered

Strikes and lock-outs:

  • Work with the Director of Labour Relations, HR, Operations to execute strike and lock-out plans as required


Labour Data Base

  • Maintain wage and other comparisons for all direct competitors for each collective agreement
  • Maintain detailed clause by clause comparison of collective agreements


What you have to offer:


  • Undergraduate degree in business, HR or Labour Relations
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience 
  • Minimum 3 years experience of leading negotiations teams
  • Experience resolving labour grievances and representing the organization during arbitration hearings
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Excellent knowledge of applicable legislation
  • Ability to negotiate, draft, and administer labour contracts
  • Ability to work with a variety of personnel including; union leadership, outside attorneys, and government agencies
  • Ability to understand, work with and analyze financial data, empirical data and various reports
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task to achieve results while meeting stated deadlines
  • Ability to work closely with leadership to execute negotiations strategies
  • Ability to train/counsel local leadership in prevention and resolution of labour relations issues
  • Must be highly detail oriented with an ability to lead a negotiating team
  • Ability to work as a team member during work stoppages including strikes and lock-outs
  • Excellent computer and Internet skills

Why work at Sobeys ?

  • Flexible working hours policy and telecommuting
  • Welcoming and friendly environment
  • Company involved in its community
  • Employee discount at participating stores



At Sobeys we require our teammates to have the ability to adhere to a hybrid work model that requires your presence at one of our office locations at least three days per week. This requirement is integral to our commitment to team collaboration and the overall success of our office culture.


We offer a competitive compensation package, which varies by role. Some websites share our job opportunities and may provide salary estimates without our knowledge. These estimates are based on similar jobs and postings for general comparison, but these numbers are not provided by our organization nor monitored for accuracy. 


We will consider factors such as your working location, work experience and skills as well as internal equity, and market conditions to ensure the selected candidate is paid fairly and competitively. We look forward to discussing the specific compensation details relevant to this role with candidates who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process. 


We are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.