RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Human Resources Business Partner

  • Location: North Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: February 1, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Human Resources Business Partner

At Marine Atlantic, we do so much more than get people from point A to point B. Whether it’s reunions, long-awaited trips home, or the start of a new adventure, we bring people together. We couldn’t bring people together every day without our own dedicated employees. Our employees embody our core values; they are diverse, safety oriented team-players who exhibit integrity and commitment, and always strive for excellence. Their understanding and commitment to our values make our employees an invaluable part of our organization.

Marine Atlantic is currently looking for a Human Resources Business Partner to work with our Human Resources department located in North Sydney, NS. This is a full-time permanent position.

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is the primary Human Resources / Labour Relations (HR/LR) contact for managers, supervisors, staff, and union representatives, providing and/or coordinating broad strategic and operational HR/LR services that promote a productive, collaborative work environment aligned with Marine Atlantic’s corporate values.  The HRPB provides information and advice relating to HR policies, collective agreement administration and interpretation, performance management, and collective bargaining.

Additional Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Provides coaching and advisory services to employees and managers/supervisors regarding human resources/labour relations matters.
  • Administers multiple collective agreements.
  • Participates in the hiring process, including interviewing candidates.
  • Provides human resources leadership and support for the administration and delivery of the attendance management program.
  • Supports managers and employees with Performance Management Program.
  • Provides support in conjunction with Occupation Health staff on matters related to disability management, such as workplace accommodations.
  • Serves as an investigator or support for the investigation of complaints.
  • Provides education and information to managers and employees on key human resources programs, policies and initiatives.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with local union representatives and individual employees to avoid potential employee and labour relations concerns.
  • Researches, acquires and provides data, facts and supporting material required by Legal Counsel for grievances, mediations,  arbitrations and hearings.
  • Assists in the planning and development of proposals for exchange at collective bargaining and participates in the negotiation process as required.
  • Participates in business change initiatives and projects to provide support with respect to human resources matters and recommending options.
  • Support various HR/LR initiatives that promote corporate values.
  • Actively engage staff to educate and raise awareness of various HR/LR related policies, practices, and initiatives.
  • Work diligently, to promote a physically and psychologically safe working environment, that is diverse, accessible, inclusive and equitable.
  • Assist in the accomplishment of company objectives by performing other related duties as required.

What qualifications do I need to be considered for this opportunity?

Education and Experience

A Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Labour Relations or Human Resources or an equivalent major from a recognized university.


A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a Human Resources position in a unionized environment.


A combination of equivalent education, training, and work experience in a

relevant position.

Additional Qualifications

  • Experience in the interpretation and application of company policies, collective agreement provisions and relevant legislation.
  • Experience providing coaching and advisory services to managers/supervisors on a wide array of HR/LR matters such as complaints and investigations.
  • Capable of providing education and information to managers and employees on key human resources programs, policies and initiatives.
  • Experience with the hiring process, including interviewing and selecting candidates.
  • Experience working with an attendance management program and providing support in conjunction with Health Safety and Environment on matters related to disability management.
  • Strong interpersonal, impact and influence skills with the ability to engage others effectively through a confident, collaborative and convincing style.
  • Detail oriented, well organized and a demonstrated ability to function effectively with a high degree of interdependence and autonomy.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize and multi-task.
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Strong research and problem solving skills.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Power Point and Word.

Asset Qualifications

  • Chartered Professional in Human Resource (CPHR) designation or progress towards obtaining CPHR designation.
  • Training and/or experience in investigation procedures.
  • Training and/or experience in alternate dispute resolution and interest based negotiations

Why work for the Marine Atlantic team?

As part of the Marine Atlantic team, you will participate in a variety of ongoing training programs and development opportunities to navigate your career and chart your course for success. We provide a positive and inclusive work culture that is dedicated to creating an environment which promotes employee growth, career development, and job satisfaction.  Some benefits of working with Marine Atlantic include competitive salaries, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health benefit packages, and professional development opportunities. Come experience the pride of working with an organization with newly constructed and  revitalized infrastructure that has positioned itself for the future.

How do I become a part of the team?

If you meet the listed qualifications, are interested in this opportunity and exemplify our core values, please apply online before 4 pm (Atlantic Time) on 01 February 2022.

All applicants must apply online:


  • Marine Atlantic recognizes the importance of vaccination to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 while continuing to provide an essential service to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. All employees are required to follow Marine Atlantic Covid-19 protocols. As mandated by the Government of Canada, all employees, including new hires, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and authorized based on one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination as defined by the Canadian Human Rights Act. As part of the recruitment process, proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will be required or the necessary documentation to provide an approved accommodation.

Additional Information

Marine Atlantic is a Federal Crown Corporation that provides a vital ferry service link between Newfoundland and Labrador and mainland Canada.

At Marine Atlantic, we are dedicated to building and fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, where all employees and customers feel welcomed, valued, and respected.

Marine Atlantic invites applications from all qualified candidates and hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principles of equitable employment for all and strongly encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and 2SLGBTQIA+ community members. If you are a member of one or more of these groups, please state to which group(s) you identify in your cover letter, resume or application.

To receive this job poster in an alternative format or to discuss alternate ways of completing the online application, please contact the Marine Atlantic Human Resources Department, in confidence, at

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the recruitment process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, contact the Marine Atlantic Human Resources Department, in confidence, at