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Director Labor & Employee Relations

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Location: Deerfield, IL, United States
Date Posted: Sep 26, 2020

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About Us:

For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets.

With 102,300 employees and 2019 sales and revenues of ~$53 billion, we are the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Our company principally operates through its three primary segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

We are a Fortune 100 corporation with 110 production facilities of which 60 are located outside the US, and we have 165 dealers serving customers in 191 countries. In 2019 we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

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Position Summary:

Create and drive vital employee relations strategies across the Caterpillar businesses to enable successful execution of business strategy. This role leads a team that provides guidance and support for Business Unit HR team across the enterprise. This role reports directly to the CHRO.  

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 

  • Develop proactive and positive employee relations strategy, partner with business leaders and with internal and external stakeholders to deploy employee and labor relations activities to support business strategies

  • Manage employee and labor relation aspects of repositioning and global footprint projects

  • Serve as the subject matter expert, proactively monitoring and leveraging industry leading practices, assess implications for the business and develop strategies to address them. 

  • Collaborate with Legal and stakeholders for guidance to ensure compliance with local laws, regulations and contractual obligations

  • Drive continuous improvement and lead change across represented and non-represented workforces

  • Negotiate labor contracts and conduct information and consultation where required

  • Develop, implement and manage employee relations programs and training in non-represented workplaces

  • Partner with Business HR Leaders to develop HR capabilities in terms of building positive employee relations at all facilities

A minimum of 20% to 30% travel, both domestic and international, is required.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required

  • 10+ years combined Labor & Employee Relations/client support leadership positions, leading teams and having primary functional support responsibility for business client groups

  • Success positively influencing enterprise-wide labor and employee relations outcomes for complex, global organization

  • Global labor leadership experience is required (union and works council)

  • Must have demonstrated experience as a chief spokesperson in labor contract negotiations, preparation and conducting of labor arbitration

  • Experience in building positive employee relations in represented and non-represented workplaces

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Collaborative and has strong influencing skills 

  • Continuous improvement mindset and strong critical thinking skills

  • Ability to use data to drive decisions and achieve business-supportive outcomes

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong leader to set vision and lead change 

The preferred location for this role is Deerfield, IL. Relocation will be provided for those eligible. 

Additional Information:

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

Caterpillar is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals – including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities – are encouraged to apply. 

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. 


Keywords: Vice President Labor and Employee Relations, Global Labor Director, International Employee Relations, Head of Labor Relations

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Sep 26, 2020


United States