Employee and Labor Relations Business Partner, Germany and Austria

Munich, Bavaria-Bayern, Germany
Corporate Functions


Weekly Hours: 38.5
Role Number:200187302
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. Employee Relations is a global team that assists managers and Business HR in dealing with employee issues and concerns including policy interpretation, investigations and compliance. Employee Relations also provides guidance to leaders in countries where social representation is mandated by law. The Employee 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 ER efficiencies with metric-driven continuous improvement, and ensures that legal requirements are met in terms of employee relations to minimise exposure to liability. This work is accomplished through deep understanding and tight-knit collaboration with partners and functions across Apple.

Key Qualifications

  • Significant related Employee Relations experience as well as industrial relations experience
  • Experienced in balancing multiple priorities, partners and work streams across markets
  • Demonstrable ability to effectively organize, prioritize, and handle multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Shown command skills and an ability to influence others
  • You will be passionate about building positive relationships and work reciprocally with managers and People Team colleagues
  • You will have superb communication skills including effective listening, writing and presentation
  • You can demonstrate knowledge of local employment laws and regulations
  • Large corporation Employee Relations experience preferred.
  • You will showcase your high levels of discretion, integrity and confidentiality


You will provide support and direction to all levels of Leadership, Employees, People and Corporate Partners with understanding Apple Policies and Local Legislation where relevant. You will; Support the timely lifecycle of ER Cases. Identify, analyse and implement resolutions to complex and sensitive issues. Lead and conduct investigations regarding potential misconduct and policy violations. Support the outcome of cases throughout partnership on correct articulation and documentation. Support the Organisation with legislatively compliant implementation of initiatives. Develop, communicate and implement company-wide programs, policies, and procedures. Guide and influence all levels of management regarding critical and complex decisions. Evaluate and review employee related decisions in response to employee concerns. Support workplace violence assessments and implement response plans as needed. Support all levels of Leadership, Employees, People and Corporate Partners in navigating Short & Longterm Sick cases, and identifying suitable accommodations including Job Searches. Oversee and lead responses to government labour or employment related audits, information requests and inspections. Social Representation Responsibilities Lead the social representation agenda in partnership with the ER Leader (mandatory meetings, negotiations, elections, etc.) Support electoral processes when required with logistics, partnership with legal team and external vendors. Analyse and provide direction regarding the implementation of key company initiatives through information sharing, consultation, and codetermination activities. Prepare information/consultation documentation to support discussion with social partners. Connect with key partners before, during, and after social partner negotiations, to ensure smooth implementation of changes. Prepare the relevant guidance for Leadership and other key partners in case of serious LR situations.

Education & Experience

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

Additional Requirements

  • Fluency in German