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Senior Advisor Labour Relations

Requisition ID:  67673 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  HR Labour Relations and IHM 

Travel Requirements:  30 - 40%


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: British Columbia (CA-BC) 

City: Vancouver

Location: Vancouver Office - Fraser Street 

Postal Code:  


A proudly Canadian retail company, Sobeys began in 1907 as a small meat delivery business in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. Today, Sobeys Inc. serves the food shopping needs of Canadians with approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as in-store pharmacies, liquor and more than 350 retail fuel locations.


Together with our 123,000 employees and franchise affiliates and a collective passion for delivering exceptional food and shopping experiences, Sobeys’ purpose is to improve the lives of Canadians by helping them Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better.



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! Our Labour Relations team is growing and we currently have a full-time opportunity for a Senior Advisor, Labour Relations based out of our office in Vancouver, BC, Calgary, AB, or Winnipeg, MB, depending on the successful candidate's location.  Up to 50% travel throughout Western Canada will be a crucial requirement for this position.  

Job Description

Responsible for the negotiation of smaller Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) within his/her area of responsibility and supports the Director 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 develop 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 and interpretation 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 on the resolution of grievances, consulting with HR and Operations as needed.

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




Job Requirements
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Undergraduate degree in business, HR or Labour Relations
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience preffered
  • Experience of leading negotiations teams is considered an asset 
  • Experience resolving labour grievances and representing the organization during arbitration hearing
  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • Excellent knowledge of applicable legislation


This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Canadian company with a clear vision and focus.  If you feel that this describes the kind of work you want to do, and you are excited about what Sobeys has to offer, then we look forward to reviewing your application.  Please ensure that you take the time to ensure your profile shows us why you’re the most qualified applicant for the role.

Sobeys offers our employees many valuable benefits such as:

  • Growing organization
  • Competitive salary
  • Pension plan
  • Flexible health and dental benefits plan (eligible employees)
  • Ongoing Training & Development
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Opportunity for internal mobility to other departments and/or promotions (for employees who are strong performers)

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.



While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.


We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.