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Senior Labor Relations Advisor

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Date: Jan 6, 2022

Location: Superior, Wisconsin, United States

Company: Husky Energy

Posting End Date:  January 17, 2022

Posting will expire at 11:59 pm local time.


On January 1, 2021, Husky and Cenovus combined to form a resilient integrated energy leader. Husky is now part of the Cenovus group of companies.


One of Husky’s advantages is that we are an integrated oil and gas company. From exploration to development, production, refining and marketing, we’ve got it all! Combine this with a range of learning and development tools and an inclusive work environment, and you are well-positioned for a successful career at Husky.


We have training, mentoring and career development programs and resources to help you develop both personally and professionally – as an employee or a leader. We offer many internal leadership and business skills courses along with tuition reimbursement programs for qualified employees. Every year, a significant number of our employees are able to take on new roles within the company thanks to our strong focus on hands-on learning and development.


About this opportunity:

The Senior Labor Relations Advisor provides Leadership and advice relative to the interpretation and implementation of the collective bargaining agreement to the Superior management team, HR staff, SRC employees and Cenovus leadership. This position is responsible for implementing local labor policies and deliverables in collaboration and aligned with broader corporate Labor Relations' priorities and strategy. 


The Senior Labor Relations Advisor  is accountable to manage and implement labor relations programs for the site; supporting the negotiating of the area collective bargaining agreement;  managing the contractual grievance procedures; and providing advice to Management staff to ensure compliance with the contract  The Senior Labor Relations Advisor  is also responsible to identify solutions and build local strategies to proactively manage and enhance the broader relationship with the local union executive and resolve barriers that are preventing continued enhancement of union/management relations.   


This position is located at our Superior, WI Refinery


About Cenovus:

Cenovus Energy Inc. is a Canadian integrated oil and natural gas company. It is committed to maximizing value by sustainably developing its assets in a safe, innovative, and cost-efficient manner, integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into its business plans. Operations include oil sands projects in northern Alberta, which use specialized methods to drill and pump the oil to the surface and established natural gas and oil production in Alberta and British Columbia. The company also has 50% ownership in two U.S. refineries. Cenovus shares trade under the symbol CVE and are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.


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Why we work at Cenovus:

  • Safety as a core value
  • Competitive compensation
  • Flex time
  • Employer paid benefits: health, dental, vision & more
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Community Investment activities
  • Inclusive work environment
  • Career progression/internal mobility opportunities
  • Company/team building events



  • Serve as a link between management and represented employees and the local union executive
  • Responsible for handling questions, interpreting, and administering the collective bargaining agreement and policies to assist in the resolution of Union/Management work-related problems
  • Provides consultation, subject matter expertise and guidance specific to employee and labor relations issues or situations and matters related to the administration of the contract, employee performance and grievance procedures
  • Ensure workplace policies and programs regarding represented workers are consistent across the organization as required and are fair, equitable and are aligned to the collective bargaining agreement. Provides clarification to labor issues that arise and serves to identify and resolve underlying concerns that are hampering the progression of the union/management relationship
  • Provide collective agreement governance and oversight to support the adherence to the labor agreement
  • Actively participated and supports the development of the collective bargaining mandate by leading the research and development
  • Participate through negotiation periods and support the development of contract proposals and counterproposals
  • Intervenes to resolve contractual disputes between represented and salary personnel
  • Proactively manages both individual and group disputes prior to, or through, the grievance procedure and including arbitration proceedings, as required
  • Partner with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure Cenovus is best positioned to successfully defend grievance and arbitration proceedings
  • Utilize strong professional written and oral communication skills in addressing the collective bargaining agreements and employee relations issues



  • BS or BA degree in business, management, psychology, or related discipline required
  • Master's degree in Business, Industrial Relations, or related discipline an asset
  • PHR or SPHR certification an asset
  • Minimum of 8 years of related experience in Labor Relations with experience as a HR generalist required
  • Broad knowledge of HR theory, principles, practices, and policies
  • Supervisory experience an asset
  • Ability to take complex HR issues and problems, develop an action plan for working problems, and issues to a conclusion and providing recommendation for moving forward required
  • Experience with SAP, Workday (or similar HRIS) an asset
  • Experience in Petrochemical Industry an asset



  • Safely Drives Results – Prioritize safety as part of planning and organizing work while ensuring teams are working optimally and are enabled through clear decision rights, tools and sufficient authority.
  • Enables Agility – Understand how changes in one area affect business in another. Develop simple and sustainable solutions while making decisions which drive the most effective use of budgets and resources.
  • Develops Talent – Optimize learning and development resources to provide staff with opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Communicates with Impact – Increase the value of information by providing sound interpretations, insights and business context to effectively communicate between functions/business area and levels.
  • Fosters Collaboration – Understand the needs of different teams and apply diverse tactics to help advance the broader Cenovus agenda.
  • Enhances Technical/Professional Expertise – Weigh the implications and risk(s) when solving complex problems, demonstrating a strong awareness of the industry and market.


Please note that pre-employment background checks are pre-conditions to Husky employment offers and must be completed successfully before you are confirmed to start with Husky.


Husky Energy is an affirmative action employer and we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, veteran status, or other personal or physical characteristics protected by law.


Husky Energy is an integrated Canadian energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.  The Company operates Upstream and Downstream business segments, with operations in Canada, the United States, China and Indonesia. 


Husky's balanced growth strategy focuses on consistent execution, disciplined financial management and safe and reliable operations.