Corporate Labor Relations Lead - Madison, MS

Vertex-Crestview Aerospace

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Madison, MS

Job Description

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Job Overview:

The Vertex Company is a services solutions provider that operates as a federal government prime contractor.  With over 7,000 employees in 200 locations worldwide, the Mississippi-based company offers vertically integrated solutions for defense and commercial customers.

Delivering integrated turnkey lifecycle support from concept definition, to engineering and manufacturing, through the end of life support of complex systems and platforms, Vertex offerings include all levels of aviation maintenance, worldwide contractor logistics support, systems engineering and integration, specialized onsite mission execution, high consequence training programs for defense and commercial customers, and integrated supply-chain solutions.  Over our 50 year history, we have perfected the balance of cost, schedule, and performance to offer high-quality solutions that consistently exceed customer requirements.

Vertex has proudly been headquartered in Madison, Mississippi since 1974. Madison is a rapidly growing community just north of the Capitol.  In 2019, Madison, MS ranked #31 out of 18,446 Best Places to live in America.  In Mississippi, Madison ranked #1 in Best Places to Live, Best Place to raise a family, Best Public Schools, and safest city to live in. Vertex Aerospace strives to make a meaningful community and economic impact and was recognized as an MS 100 leading private company.  Most recently Vertex was awarded the 2022 Military Friendly® Employer designation and ranked number six in the nation on the Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Program list.

The Vertex Company is a portfolio company of American Industrial Partner (AIP), an operationally orientated private investment firm with a 30-year track record of working with management teams to build scaled world-class businesses (

The Corporate Labor Relations Lead develops and implements labor relations strategies in alignment with the Sr. Manager, Corporate People Operations, EVP and Chief People Officer (CPO), and the applicable Vertex Leadership Team. The primary interface for division leaders, company legal counsel, company union representatives, regional and national union leadership, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They also serve as consultants to management and HR Business Partners (HRBPs) at the unionized company operating locations.

Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities: 

  • Provide expertise in strategy development, planning, and execution of positive Employee and Labor Relations initiatives
  • In-depth understanding and the ability to apply technical principles, theories, and concepts of the Labor Relations field
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of applicable employment and labor laws, reducing risk and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Ability to proactively analyze and interpret complex employee data to provide solutions to employee labor relations matters that have an impact to operations
  • Provide labor relations subject matter expertise to the HR Business Partners at all unionized operating locations
  • Acts as the Corporate liaison between the Union and the Company
  • Responsible for setting goals around strategic labor relations initiatives, continuous improvement, profitability, and the professional development of others and self
  • Fosters a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture.
  • Work closely with Corporate People Operations, division, and cross-functional organizations to continuously improve service delivery
  • May serve as a lead or team member on special project teams
  • Conduct thorough and compliant labor relations investigations
  • Pro-Actively identify and implement leadership development training focused on labor relations competencies
  • Ensures cultural alignment to Vertex core values of professionalism, integrity, and respect
  • Develop the negotiation strategy that includes economic and non-economic impacts of the CBA
  • Prepare the negotiation strategy package to submit for corporate leadership approval
  • Advanced ability to utilize the entire suite of HCMS solutions to optimize labor relations service delivery
  • Maintains a comprehensive library of all CBAs, MOUs/MOAs, negotiation schedules, strategy briefs, grievance & arbitration logs, etc.
  • Acts as the company representative on Step 3 grievances, arbitrations, and NLRB charges
  • Recommends solutions to management to resolve grievances
  • Maintains the highest ethical standards.
  • May lead the negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements in accordance with the corporate labor relations strategy
  • Will require advanced experience in the Microsoft Office Suite of Solutions, primarily Excel, Powerpoint, and Word
  • Demonstrates effective verbal and written communicates skills
  • Ability to use project management skills to effectively complete all assigned strategic and tactical deliverables  
  • Ability to proactively respond and engage in all labor relations matters
  • Ability to moderate, mediate, and mitigate conflict situations in a professional manner
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and differences to mutually agreeable terms and conditions
  • Ability to use project management skills to effectively complete all assigned strategic and tactical deliverables  
  • Identify and develop meaningful labor relations metrics that set benchmarks for service delivery

 Professional Requirements, Qualifications & Desired Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Business Management and at least 6+years of experience in Labor Relations OR Associate’s degree in Human Resources or Business Management and at least 10 years of experience in Labor Relations OR High School Diploma and 14 years of experience in Labor Relations.
  • Negotiation experience required
  • At least two (2) years’ government contracting experience working in the Aviation/Aerospace industry required
  • At least two (2) years’ HCMS or Labor Relations’ solutions’ experience required
  • HR experience preferred
  • Thorough understanding of all applicable federal, state, and local government agency employment laws and regulations (i.e. DoL, EEOC, the White House, DCAA, DCMA, NLRB, OSHA, etc)
  • At least two (2) years’ in-depth experience identifying, investigating, and resolving complex labor relations matters as a primary responsibility of the position
  • The ability to develop solutions based on root-cause analysis
  • Must be able to meet pre-employment contingencies, which include a background investigation, substance abuse screening, and vaccination requirements, as applicable
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance, as applicable
  • This position requires the ability to work discretionary hours outside of the scheduled workweek to meet position requirements
  • The essential physical requirements of the position will be reviewed with the applicant during the interview. 
  • At least 20% travel will be required.
  • Must adhere to Company policies, procedures, and management instruction.
  • The position requires the incumbent to strictly maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and Company Proprietary data