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

156402 Requisition ID:  156402 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  HR Operations Retail ON 

Travel Requirements:  50%+


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario  

City: Ottawa

Location: Tahoe Office 

Postal Code:  


Our family of 127,000 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 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.




Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities and we are always looking for bright new talent to join our team!  We currently have an opportunity for a Human Resources Business Partner Retail to join our Human Resources team to support the Ottawa district retail stores including the Kingston and Belleville areas.   This includes travel including overnight that will be required within these noted areas.

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
Ability to negotiate and resolve conflict
Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
Ability to effectively create and manage workforce plans
Ability to 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 and engagement
Ability to facilitate leadership 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



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



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