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Spire Energy Director, Collective Bargaining in United States

Director, Collective Bargaining

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Date: Nov 3, 2020


Saint Louis, MO, US, 63101

Company: Spire Inc.

Company Overview

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:

Living Spire Behaviors

We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.

We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.

We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.

We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.


Spire is seeking a Director, Collective Bargaining preferred to be based in its St. Louis, Missouri location, however, open to Kansas City or Birmingham locations. This position will be responsible for developing and executing a long-term employee relations strategy and implementation plan to successfully negotiate the corporate and departmental business objectives with all labor unions across Spire.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and negotiate labor agreements, including preparation of background information, development of Company proposals, leading bargaining sessions, review of union proposals and development of counterproposals within approved total economic and operational budget

  • Assist in the development of the HR strategy to harmonize the total rewards package with the alignment of compensation, benefits and HR policies across the organization

  • Partner on communication campaigns to build credibility with employees, increase morale amongst employees, gain trust of managers and engage all employees around our corporate mission

  • Serve as a reliable and trusted consultant on a wide range of labor relations matters such as the interpretation and application of collective bargaining agreements; the processing of formal grievances and the arbitration of such grievances; communications with union leadership relating to other disputes and questions; responses to union information requests; discipline of bargaining unit members; and compliance with applicable labor laws

  • Interpret labor agreements, including providing advice to department supervision regarding contract provisions, holding informal discussions with union officers concerning potential issues and differences in the interpretation of specific provisions of the labor agreements, etc.

  • Advise about and manage the response to union organizing and manage the preparation for, and the response to, strikes, picketing and other job actions by unions

  • Prepare and present appropriate training for managers and supervisors on a variety of labor relations topics

  • All other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics and Competencies

  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

  • Ability to adapt in a fast-moving and changing culture

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build and establish rapport with a diverse array of people

  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively in order to meet individual goals and deadlines

  • Ability to work as part of a team and display a positive attitude for this dynamic environment

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Collective Bargaining Team

Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business discipline required

Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • A minimum of 8 of years of collective bargaining experience

  • 2 years’ experience in people or project team leadership

  • Experience with labor strategy formulation and lead contract negotiation

  • Extensive experience in all areas of labor relations (i.e. contract negotiations and management, lead negotiator, NLRB activities, case evaluation, preparation for arbitrations, etc.)

  • Well-versed in dispute resolution and contract analysis with strong negotiation skills required

  • Knowledgeable of the theories, principles, practices of progressive labor relations, and all local, state and federal regulations as relates to labor relations including working knowledge and interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with both internal peers, staff of acquired entities and third party service providers

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Normal Work Environment - Work is normally performed in a shared office environment

  • Hours 8am – 5pm Monday - Friday

  • Up to 50% travel required


We Advance

We Care

We Collaborate

We Have Perspective

Posting Requirements

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.

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