Manager, Employee and Workforce Relations

At Bristol Myers Squibb, we are inspired by a single vision - transforming patients’ lives through science.In oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular disease - and one of the most diverse and promising pipelines in the industry - each of our passionate colleagues contribute to innovations that drive meaningful change. We bring a human touch to every treatment we pioneer. Join us and make a difference.

Partner with the BMS Americas Employee Relations Team to build strong relationships between People Leaders, Employees, HR Business Partners at all levels, HR Law, and Compliance and Ethics employees. Identify employee relations trends, recommend solutions and partner with all levels of HR management on execution. Partner with HR leaders to drive employee relations while maintaining a neutral position and consistent approach to BMS’s policies and procedures. Minimize risk, align work to meet business needs and improve employee morale and culture. Build manager skill sets, provide advice and coach employees and managers. Investigate and manage complex ER cases.

Detailed Position Responsibilities:
  • Handle cases of people-related issues such as performance management, behaviors concerns, disciplinary actions for policy violation, and other investigations into discrimination or harassment claims as assigned.
  • Provide counsel and facilitate the prompt and effective resolution of workplace conflict to address issues for employees, managers, and leaders in a manner consistent with BMS policies, practices and legal considerations.
  • Consult and coach managers and people leaders on employee relations issues spanning all levels within the organization. Provide advice and counsel on HR practices and policy.
  • Conduct investigations, research policies/practices, create and gather documentation, make recommendations and implement resolutions when applicable.
  • Ensure compliance and consistency in the execution of Employee Relations cases.
  • Participate in the identification of employee relations trends and partner with ER Leads on identifying solutions.
  • Develop effective relationships with the business to promote good employee relations across the organization.
  • Interact with HR Business Partners, and other HR functions, to ensure a high level of employee satisfaction & engagement.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality throughout conversations and investigations. Manage highly confidential human resources information and exercise sound judgment in handling or working with confidential data and situations.
  • Ensure that the Company operates within current and local employment law to maintain its reputation as a good employer.
  • Maintain strong business acumen while maintaining objectivity in work.
  • Required to work with several different HR Business Partners and several different parts of BMS business units. Must be able to manage multiple projects and cases at any given time.
  • May be required to work some off-shift hours to support cases or investigations at operations with multi-shift environments.
  • Some travel (approximately 10-15%) may be required. Will work with remote locations frequently virtually (Phone and Teams).
  • Must be able to work with all levels of the organization including hourly and salaried workforce.

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of HR or Employee Relations experience or 3+ years of HR or Employee Relations experience with an advanced degree in law, human resources, or employee/labor relations

Ideal Candidates Would Also Have:
  • Experience in employee relations
  • Experience with employment law (US/PR)
  • Experience in ER procedures and processes
  • Experience in project management
  • Digital Savvy/Acumen: Ability to use technology and digital solutions to enhance the employee experience. Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  • Change Agility: Ability to continuously adapt, effectively operate and manage people in a constant VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous).
  • Ability to seek, collect and synthesize information from a variety of sources, to influence and apply sound judgment to enable strategic and leadership decision making.

Around the world, we are passionate about making an impact on the lives of patients with serious diseases. Empowered to apply our individual talents and diverse perspectives in an inclusive culture, our shared values of passion, innovation, urgency, accountability, inclusion and integrity bring out the highest potential of each of our colleagues.

Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes the importance of balance and flexibility in our work environment. We offer a wide variety of competitive benefits, services and programs that provide our employees with the resources to pursue their goals, both at work and in their personal lives.

Physical presence at the BMS worksite or physical presence in the field is an essential job function of this role which the Company deems critical to collaboration, innovation, productivity, employee well-being and engagement, and enhances the Company culture.

To protect the safety of our workforce, customers, patients and communities, the policy of the Company requires all employees and workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they have received an exception based on an approved request for a medical or religious reasonable accommodation. Therefore, all BMS applicants seeking a role located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico must confirm that they have already received or are willing to receive the full COVID-19 vaccination by their start date as a qualification of the role and condition of employment. This requirement is subject to state and local law restrictions and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions such as Montana. This requirement is also subject to discussions with collective bargaining representatives in the U.S.

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