Director, Labor Relations

Northlake, IL

Keurig Dr Pepper is seeking to hire a Director of Labor Relations who will be part of the Labor Relations team.

Location: The ideal candidate will be based in the Chicago, IL area. Remote candidates will also be considered.

What you will do:

  • Serves as first-chair spokesperson for operating units in contract negotiations and other dealings with unions, primarily the Teamsters.
  • Coordinates with local management and HR, corporate pension and benefits specialists, and senior leadership in preparing negotiation strategy and proposals to determine feasibility, cost, effects on operations and relationship to prevailing trends in the industry and the geographic area.
  • In consultation with the VP of Labor Relations and others, as appropriate, drafts contract language and proposals with an eye towards achieving consistency and uniformity with corporate policies and practices.
  • Advises local HR managers and management personnel in administering contracts and labor relations policies/practices that are in compliance with federal/state laws, organization policies/practices, and applicable collective bargaining agreements while maximizing operational flexibility to the greatest possible extent.
  • Independently manages and directs responses to union organizing activity and coordinates union election campaigns, including training of management personnel to ensure compliance with the NLRA, interfacing with unions and the NLRB, and litigating objections and ULP charges before the NLRB.
  • Actively participates in the development and implementation of a broad, well-balanced and effective positive employee relations strategy. 
  • First chair responsibility for late-step grievances and labor arbitrations, responding to NLRB charges, and/or oversight of outside counsel, as appropriate, in such matters.
  • Coordinates with in-house legal counsel, payroll, EHS, and benefits specialists on implementation of policies and procedures in union locations.
  • Must be fully prepared to independently research and respond to sophisticated and complex labor relations and employment law issues in a time sensitive and client service oriented environment.
  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of applicable labor and employment laws and regulations at the state and federal level, including the NLRA, FLSA, Title VII, ADA and FMLA.
  • Travel is approximately 50%, primarily in the MidWest and East Coast
  • Follow all Keurig Dr Pepper policies and procedures.

Total Rewards

  • Salary range: 146,700 - 284,970
  • Actual placement within the compensation range may vary depending on experience, skills, and other factors
  • Benefits, subject to elections and eligibility: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Paid Time Off, 401k with company match, Tuition Reimbursement, and Mileage Reimbursement
  • Annual bonus based on performance and eligibility
  • Long-term incentive equity based on eligibility


  • Minimum of six (6) years’ experience negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, including first chair experience in negotiations, labor arbitrations and grievance proceedings, preferably in a manufacturing or distribution environment.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience practicing before the NLRB, including participation in unfair labor practice hearings and Board-conducted elections.
  • Law degree preferred but not required.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.


Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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