VP, Associate General Counsel

Job Description
Position Summary
Primary responsibility for all labor and employment matters across both the Beer and Wine & Spirits divisions. Significant experience with traditional management side labor issues, including but not limited to representing and advising management in connection with union representation campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, strike preparations, labor arbitrations, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. Experience with international labor issues, general employment counseling and employment litigation a plus.
+ Responsibility for advising business units related to collective bargaining negotiations. Providing guidance on strategy to meet business needs related to wage rates and structures; health insurance, retirement plans and other benefits issues; productivity and performance issues; and other management rights. Will also be responsible for supporting any potential strike or work stoppage at facilities.
+ Responsibility for providing legal and strategic guidance to Company in union representation campaigns, including but not limited to union card signing activities and traditional union campaigns involving NLRB elections.
+ Responsibility for managing labor arbitrations involving various issues such discipline and discharge matters, management rights disputes, work relocations, subcontracting, layoffs, and benefits disputes.
+ Manage matters before the NLRB and the Courts of Appeal, including defense of unfair labor practice charges, failure to bargain in good faith, conduct allegedly interfering with employee rights, unit and representation disputes and other alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act.
+ Provide proactive strategic guidance to business and HR to develop strategies and practices that create positive employee relations.
+ Responsible for providing counseling to business units and HR teams related to employee relations issues (i.e. terminations, disciplinary actions), structure reorganizations, HR policies and procedures and RIFs.
+ Manage employment litigation, including managing outside counsel and representing the Company at arbitrations and mediations.
+ Conduct training to business units related to best employment practices.
Recommended Qualifications
+ J.D. from accredited law school and license to practice law required
+ Minimum ten years of experience in management side labor issues and employment law, in-house experience preferred
+ Strong written, analytical, verbal, and presentation skills
+ Demonstrated ability to achieve results and ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
+ People management experience preferred
+ Superior interpersonal, organizational and communication skills; sincere appreciation for working as part of commercial team with wide variety of levels, roles and personalities in in-house environment; excellent professional judgment; confidence to act and provide legal advice independently; personal humility
+ High proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint also required
ADA Physical/Mental/Workplace Requirements
+ Must be at least 21 years of age. Must be able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time and work on a computer for extended periods. Lifting may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Chicago, Illinois
Additional Locations
Victor, New York
Job Type
Full time
Job Area
Legal & Public Affairs
Equal Opportunity
Constellation Brands is committed to a continuing program of equal employment opportunity. All persons have equal employment opportunities with Constellation Brands, regardless of their sex, race, color, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), marital status, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions (or any other group or category within the framework of the applicable discrimination laws and regulations).
C onstellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500? company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Italy.
Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company?s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world?s leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company?s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 8,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

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