Labour Relations Business Partner

Munich, Bavaria-Bayern, Germany
Corporate Functions


Posted: 23. Sep 2019
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200072420
Apple is a place where extraordinary people gather to do their best work. Together we create products and experiences people once couldn’t have envisioned - and now can’t imagine living without. If you’re excited by the idea of making a real impact, and joining a team where we pride ourselves in being one of the most diverse and expansive companies in the world a career with Apple might be your dream job… Just be prepared to dream big. Labour Relations is a global team that assists managers and Business HR in dealing with employee issues and concerns including policy interpretation, investigations and compliance. Labour Relations also provides guidance to leaders in countries where social representation is mandated by law. The Labour Relations Business Partner designs and administers proactive programs, procedures and plans related to employee relations activities. In this role, you will provide guidance and training to managers and employees on employee relations issues and investigate formal employee complaints. You will also manage meetings, negotiations and complaints involving social partners (Works Council, Trade unions, Health & Safety committees, etc.). This role helps to improve LR efficiencies with metric-driven continuous improvement, and ensures that legal requirements are met in terms of employee relations to minimise exposure to liability.

Key Qualifications

  • You are collaborative professional with a full understanding of employee relations and social representation in Germany
  • Ability to resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt flexibly to different situations
  • Significant related experience or HR manager experience with demonstrated employee relations, reorganisation and investigation experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, including the ability to organise, plan, and prioritise tasks
  • Confirmed ability to effectively organise, prioritise, and handle multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to focus and simplify and an ability to influence others
  • Are you passionate about building positive relationships and work reciprocally with line managers and HR colleagues
  • Superb communication skills including effective listening, writing and presentation
  • Ability to express thoughts in a clear and concise manner
  • Experienced in delivering training to both HR and Management audiences
  • Experience of working in other jurisdictions is helpful
  • Fluent German and English is required


Provide coaching on a myriad of issues including: - Misconduct and discipline issues - Performance management - Reorganisations and redundancies including collective processes - Absence management - Reasonable accommodations OTHER ASPECTS OF THE ROLE INCLUDE: - Partner with Works Councils and other social partners - Manage the social representation agenda - Support electoral processes when required (logistics/relationships with legal support and vendors, etc.) - Analyse and provide guidance regarding the implementation of key company initiatives (information, consultation, codetermination) - Prepare information/consultation documentation to support discussion with social partners - Provide focused training/on-the-job skill building to increase LR expertise - Keep LR metrics monthly and review on a quarterly basis to assess where action can be taken to simplify a process, train managers, etc. in order to support a growing client base - Conduct investigations and decision reviews - Support LR projects/initiatives as needed - Draft and develop policies where legally required

Education & Experience

Degree in Human Resources, Employment Law or Business Management desirable or significant Human Resources or Employee Relations experience

Additional Requirements