Manager, Employee Relations
Company: Virgin Galactic
Posted on: May 11, 2022
Who We Are
Virgin Galactic, www.VirginGalactic.com (SPCE:NYSE), recognizes
that the answers to many of the challenges we face in sustaining
life on our beautiful but fragile planet, lie in making better use
of space. Sending people to space has not only expanded our
understanding of science, but taught us amazing things about human
ingenuity, physiology and psychology. From space, we are able to
look with a new perspective both outward and back. From space, the
borders that are fought over on Earth are arbitrary lines. From
space, it is clear that there is much more that unites us than
"We are at the vanguard of a new industry determined to pioneer
twenty-first century spacecraft, which will open space to everybody
- and change the world for good." Sir Richard Branson, Founder,
As the Employee Relations (ER) manager, you will be an instrumental
part of the People Team at Virgin Galactic. We need you to
implement and improve frameworks, guidelines, approaches, practices
and operating principles - building and reinforcing Virgin
Galactic's culture. You will establish relationships across the
organization and provide ER subject matter expertise in order to
support the mission, culture and values of Virgin Galactic. You are
responsible for evaluating and enhancing human resource policies,
procedures, and programs, with a focus on prevention, education,
and remediation of issues to further enable a positive, diverse,
safe, and ethical work environment. You will be expected to conduct
internal workplace investigations, create and facilitate employee
training sessions, draft employee discipline, and project work to
support the goals and objectives of the Employee Relations
Specific Responsibilities Include
Strategic Planning & Leadership
Helps implement the Employee Relations (ER) framework, including
strategies and proposals to continuously drive improvements in ER
practices within the organization based on trust, mutual respect,
strong performance management, and accountability in support of the
goals of the organization.
Helps implement a comprehensive communications strategy to promote
ER best practices throughout the organization.
Maintains and revises HR policies, procedures, and practices to
ensure compliance, enhance the workplace and promote the company
Assesses employment risk in coordination with HR leadership and
Legal based on current regulatory landscape and anticipated
Can take the lead in addressing employee issues, complaints, and
investigations working in partnership with other HR, Legal, and
compliance related teams.
Ensures cases are handled fairly, consistently, transparently, in a
timely fashion, and in line with Virgin Galactic's culture,
policies, and applicable laws.
Personally leads employee relations investigations, making
recommendations on appropriate courses of action, matching
investigation strategy to the complexity, risk, sensitivity, and
confidentiality of the investigation.
Counsels HR and business leaders on ER issues, trends and risks to
foster sound business decisions.
Review and refresh training offerings depending on company needs
and external regulations.
Advises leaders on how to handle more serious and complex
Advises HR and business leaders on complex matters that may require
Review, investigate, document, and advise on a caseload of complex
ER investigation matters, such as: retaliation, harassment,
Help develop, socialize and rollout ER processes, approaches,
guidelines, practices and operating procedures.
Ensure that optimal decisions are made by leaders, Talent Partners
and other stakeholders through influencing, coaching, and by
providing technical expertise and sound strategy.
Drive ER efforts that support HR and business initiatives.
Help develop and conduct training to leaders, managers, employees,
Talent Partners and other stakeholders.
Maintain an organized case management system; Ability to run
analytics and metrics and produce dashboards.
Collect, analyze, interpret and make recommendations on ER related
Partner cross-functionally to help advise on leaves, FMLA, EEO, and
Align strategy with HR Business Partners and People Team leaders to
determine and create holistic approach to address business
Set and execute against the ER strategy.
What You Bring
7+ years of Employee Relations/Human Resources managing complex
Superior written oral communication skills
Strong analytical skills
Ability to remain positive, collaborative and objective while under
Proven track record of positively influencing leaders, teams and
Ability to be a coach, mentor, advise and partner with stakeholders
at varying levels of seniority
Expert knowledge of ER, labor relations, training, conflict
resolution and direct experience leading complex global
investigations at all levels including executive level
Deep understanding of FMLA, EEO laws, ADA and other
employment-related state and federal laws & regulations
Must be able to work under pressure and deal with complex issues,
while maintaining composure
Experienced decision maker who uses good reasoning and sound
Ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality is required
Must be self-motivated and have an enhanced ability to
prioritize/plan in a fast-paced, high growth environment
Some travel may be required
D. Degree preferred
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification,
Bilingual a plus (Spanish/English).
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations,
applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the
U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR
120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the
U.S. Department of State.
As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines
are required for current U.S. teammates, as well as all newly hired
As of October 1, 2021, all new hires must be able to provide proof
that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, ( "fully
vaccinated" means at least two weeks have expired since receiving
the vaccination's last dose as recommended by the manufacturer) .
If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your
date of hire.
Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with
Virgin Galactic is governed on the basis of merit, competence and
qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race,
color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status,
disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental
or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
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