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Human Resources Specialist - Northern Alberta & Saskatchewan

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Date: Sep 7, 2014

Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Canada

Job Ref: 53-BA-0814-797
Job Title: Human Resources Specialist - Northern Alberta & Saskatchewan
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Canada
Salary: Not disclosed


Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With over 1,000 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and three territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada.

At Shoppers Drug Mart, we have always remained true to our belief that the root of our success lies with our people. We pride ourselves on the quality and commitment of our employees who thrive on exciting challenges.

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST (based in Northern Alberta or Saskatchewan)


Reporting to the Director, Human Resources - Retail for Western Canada, the Human Resources Specialist (HRS) is an Internal Consultant/Advisor to regional resources and our store owners (Associate Owners) for all Human Resources Management disciplines. The HRS will be fully conversant with corporate policies, national standards, Associate-Owner guidelines and related legislation. The HRS is accountable for all employee relations/labour relations activities and for the implementation of all human resource initiatives in the region.


* Coach Associates, management team members, and business unit teams on employee relations issues and HR matters in order to increase their level of knowledge and application.
* Manage Store Employee Survey process. Advise and guide Associates and District Managers in the interpretation and follow-up of store staff surveys, including action plan development, as required.
* Audit employee relations practices at all stores. Identify and monitor high risk stores and manage the risk with the Associate and business unit teams.
* Ensure National HR Standards are in place for all stores, i.e. maintain and revise human resources policies and procedures to reflect corporate policies.
* Recommend and implement wage and benefit programs and rate adjustments for store staff. Complete compensation surveys on competitor data as required. Monitor and identify changes in union and non-union market situations.
* Liaise and advise Associates and Management Teams on personnel problems, employee relations issues and the interpretation of store personnel procedures to ensure they are consistent with provincial legislation and common law decisions i.e. Terminations; human rights; etc.
* Advise and implement store operating initiatives, particularly as they relate to front store and cosmetics, in making proactive strategic decisions to ensure the right person is at the right place, at the right time to meet customer demands.
* Provide hands-on human resource leadership and Business Team support in any acquisition activity, new store openings, relocations, store closures and required downsizing.
* Liaise and advise with Peers Executive and Peers members to assist their understanding of and commitment to new processes and initiatives implemented by the company.
* Conduct, coach and follow up on new Associate Orientation as required.


* Degree in Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations and professional designation.
* A minimum of 5 years of progressive human resource experience.
* Detailed knowledge of provincial Human Resources legislation and regulations.
* Strong Project Management skills i.e. ability to implement programs.
* Proficient with Windows XP, including MS Word and Excel.
* Self-managed – must have exhibited independent judgment by making sound justifiable decisions, and by taking appropriate action in solving problems.
* Ability to establish strong relationships, build trust, confidence, and influence the client group.
* Ability to travel to store locations, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Northern Alberta (most travel will be in Edmonton).
* Ability to work remotely.
* Ability to drive and has the use of an automobile.

Why Shoppers?

At Shoppers Drug Mart, we have always remained true to our belief that the root of our success lies with our people. We pride ourselves on providing more ways to care about our patients, customers and community.

We offer unique work, and the benefits you would expect from a large corporation, all with a smaller company feel, as well as:

* A high energy and varied workplace that strives for and rewards excellence.
* Competitive pay structures, rewarding strong and consistent performance
* A highly customizable benefits plan, including a vacation purchase option
* Peer recognition programs
* Employee discounts on in-store purchases
* Opportunities for skill development and advancement in your work
* Learning and development through our SDM University
* Strong culture of charitable and community involvement
* Unique chance to work with an organization that is committed to improving the health and well being of Canadians



For internal applicants:

Please note, staff cannot be approached directly for the purpose of recruitment/interviews without prior knowledge of the Associate or Department Head. A minimum of four (4) weeks notice must be provided unless otherwise agreed upon by the Associate or Department Head.

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