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    IR / ER Manager

    IR/ER Manager - Tea Division

    Work Location
    : Netherlands

    Job Type: Fulltime

    Travel required: 20% travel

    About the Tea Business

    Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.

    The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.

    The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers.

    As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company.


    • You’re a culture & change champion: You are passionate about building employee culture in manufacturing environments and you have the energy and structure to tackle big projects

    • You’re a born leader: You are the go-to person for factory HR teams on employee and labor relations escalations and complex challenges

    • You’re a dot connector: You’re insightful and can make headway fast by asking the right questions and using data to influence strategy.

    • You love to win, and have fun doing it: You thrive on creating a winning strategy and are able to execute against it

    • You’re data driven: You love turning information to strategy, using data to proactively identify trends and opportunities and can turn that information into action

    • You’re a pioneer: You have a growth mindset and think innovatively. You are able to challenge the status quo, manage conflict, and push those at all levels to think differently

    In this role you will lead the employee relations and people strategy for the Tea Company, in both factories and office environments.

    Key Tasks:

    • Utilize knowledge of employee and labor relations trends, and legal decisions, and statutory changes to stay ahead of employee relations trend and develop people-focused policies and practices.

    • Serve as the chief strategist and first chair in contract negotiations with recognized employee organizations, unions and works councils, working closely with local site and business partners to create and execute strategy.

    • Mentor, coach and guide site HR regarding employee relations and engagement issues and best practices

    • Act as subject matter expert and escalation point on investigations and employee relations matters

    • Develop long term labor plan based on internal and external factors

    • Develop and present labor and bargaining strategies to senior stakeholders and recommend actions, facilitate IR/ER trainings and lead steering committees

    • Partner with HR Leadership team to connect broader HR agenda to factory agenda driving alignment and prioritization across multiple stakeholders

    • Apply project management leadership to drive action, deliver results, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

    • Work with cross functional stakeholders to gather information, build business cases, and create employee relations strategy

    • Deploy to factories to deliver strategic HR projects including engagement programs, organizational design, cultural transformation and development with proven success in both union and non-union environments, engaging with works councils and other stakeholders where needed

    Stakeholder Management
    and key interfaces:

    • You are member of the Global HR team.

    • You report directly to the SC HR Director

    • You work with regional HR leadership on IR/ER strategy and priorities.

    • Interact with local HR managers on IR/ER matters

    • Interface directly with recognized employee organizations

    • Connect with an external network of employment lawyers

    and Experience

    • University Degree in Labor Relations, Human Resources, Labour Law or related field

    • 8+ years of HR experience in a fast-paced manufacturing setting

    • Experience in developing and implementing labor and employee relations strategy in union environment

    • Experience in the following areas

    • Employee Relations

    • Labor Negotiations

    • Employee Engagement

    • Strategy development and deployment across multi-site organizations

    • Demonstrated knowledge of employment law & compliance best practice

    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities efficiently and effectively

    • Excellent communication skills with audiences of all levels

    • Curious and innovative mindset to continually adapt to everchanging business needs.

    about the Role?

    Please apply online. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

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