Labor Relations Manager Position

Compass Group, the world’s leading contract foodservice company, has a Great Opportunity for career development and growth as a Labor Relations Manager. This position requires you to be based in/near New York City.

This is a newly created role to support our Labor Relations team. We prefer a candidate with strong experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements. However, we will consider applicants with experience handling grievances, preparing for negotiations and arbitrations and discipline hearings who is interested in learning to negotiate and grow into a manager level role.

Position is accountable for assisting operating management in achieving labor relations environments which are cost effective, cost competitive, consistent with Company policies, procedures and work rules, and free of unnecessary litigation.  Position is also accountable for assisting operating management in achieving employee relations environments which foster union-free operations.  Position negotiates and administers collective bargaining agreements and provides internal consultation and training to District Managers.



Assist the Labor Relations Director in identifying strategic labor objectives.

At the direction of the Labor Relations Director, partners with HR and Operations in educating employees on all organized labor issues; review, interpret and make recommendations on company policies and procedures with respect to labor issues; serve as  an organizational resource in raising issues that may result in a gap between stated organizational goals and actual practice.

Aid in the adherence of Labor Relations Policy.

Analyze nationwide bid opportunities and attend proposal meetings with potential clients as assigned by the Labor Relations Director.

Work closely with the Labor Relations Director and provide support, advice & counsel as necessary


Labor Negotiations

Acts as chief spokesperson for multiple labor agreements.

Plans, sets objectives, and develops appropriate strategies and tactics.

To achieve cost effective, cost competitive labor agreements.


Labor Agreement Administration

Administers multiple labor agreements.

Oversees fact-finding process and provide input when necessary to investigations for site grievances and employee disciplinary issues.

Advises operating management on disciplinary and contract interpretation issues.

To comply with labor agreements and company rules; to avoid unnecessary litigation.


Employee Relations

Promotes/champions union free environments.

Provides employee relations training for supervision/management; provides employee and supervisor counseling.

To maintain operating flexibility and control costs.



Acts as company advocate in mediation, arbitration and other government proceedings.

Prepares and presents Company’s position; prepares briefs and other documents for proceedings.

To uphold the integrity of Company’s labor agreements and management actions.



A Bachelor’s degree is required; Business or Communications focus preferred; advanced degree a plus (i.e. JD or MBA)

3+ years Labor Relations experience in a multi location environment where at least 25% of the locations are unionized

Experience conducting investigations and recommending discipline

Experience in grievance handling and arbitration preparation

For consideration at the manager level, you must have extensive experience in negotiations with excellent communications skills including being Chief Spokesperson

Grievance management to arbitration step

Experienced with Union organizing campaigns and awareness training with operators

Willing and able to travel 60%+ by air and automobile; driver’s license required

Experience can be either from a management or labor perspective.

Experience in food, vending services and support services a plus.

Bilingual (Spanish) strongly preferred
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Compass Group North America is a diversity growth-oriented organization. Our goal is to improve the quality of work life by using fair and consistent treatment and providing equal growth opportunities for ALL associates. EOE & AA Employer M/F/D/V