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HR Business Partner Retail - Discount

156639 Requisition ID:  156639 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  HR Operations Discount 

Travel Requirements:  50%+


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario  

City: Mississauga

Location: Tahoe Office 

Postal Code: L4W 0C7 


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 our Discount banner retail stores including the downtown Toronto area up to and including Durham to Ottawa.   This includes occasional overnight travel  that will be required within these noted areas.

Job Description

•    Responsible to advise and support the District Operators and Franchisees on matters related to employee/labor relations
•    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 Franchisee to investigate and address employee issues while ensuring consistency in progressive discipline and investigations
•    Ensure that we have consistent 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 Franchisees 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

This role will support our Discount banner retail stores including the downtown Toronto area up to and including Durham to Ottawa.   This includes occasional overnight travel  that will be required within these noted 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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