Employee Relations Manager

Date: Jun 12, 2021

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35203

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 (Essential 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 Manager, Employee Relations is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the Alabama HR Employee Relations team while partnering with the Corporate business leaders on objectives under a shared service model.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Managing a team of HR Business Partners, align and execute the business and people strategies to drive business growth and performance; formulate and implement HR initiatives which support business growth
  • Improve employee engagement using every touch point, ensuring that culture and behavior encourage all employees to give fully of their capabilities and be appropriately rewarded and recognized in return
  • Partner with Talent Acquisition on the selection and onboarding of new employees. Collaborate with leaders to grow diverse leadership, talent, and technical capability pipeline.  Lead workforce planning for the region and ensure integration in budgets and HR resource planning
  • Manage and advise on HR processes such as performance management, training, compensation philosophy and ensure administrative actions are executed on time. Where processes, programs or policies are inhibiting business performance, identify alternatives and advocate for business needs
  • Coach management on change leadership behaviors and opportunities and implement effective strategies to enable the organization to thrive through periods of change, e.g. acquisition, internal growth, restructurings, leadership acceleration
  • Diagnose problems, find solutions and implement actions to improve individual and organizational performance.
  • Coach leaders and emerging talent to develop and enhance their personal leadership style and management effectiveness. Ensure training needs are captured, built into budget cycles and monitor the return on investment as training programs are delivered
  • Assist with labor relations initiatives, assuring compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and NLRB legislation, including contract preparation, negotiations, and interpretation
  • Support the EEO and Affirmative Action initiatives, assuring that training, communications, and policies are in place and functioning that address areas of under utilization, prevent harassment, and assure compliance with corporate objectives
  • All other duties as assigned

Essential Characteristics and Competencies

  • Recognize problems and respond, systematically gather information, sort through complex issues, understand consequences of decisions, seeks input from others
  • Ability to make difficult decisions and communicate those decisions to others
  • Sets challenging and productive goals for the team and holds others accountable for actions
  • Ability to provide resources and support
  • Ability to use checkpoints and processes to measure results
  • Ability to provide and communicate clear performance objectives
  • Ability to set challenging and productive goals and delegate effectively
  • Ability to lead by example, define roles/responsibilities, motivate and set strategy

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Yes

Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • Bachelor's degree

Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • 7 years of relevant experience
  • 2 years’ experience leading employees
  • Experience working across multiple regions or business units
  • PHR or SPHR preferred

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Normal office conditions with up to 30% 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.

Job Location: Birmingham

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