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California Labor and Contract Manager

Air Products
$150,000- $200,000/ year
Posted Jun 08
Full Time
On Site
Allentown, Pennsylvania

At Air Products, our purpose is to bring people together to reimagine what’s possible, collaborate and innovate solutions to the world’s most significant energy and environmental sustainability challenges. Grow with us as we embark on building tomorrow together by being the safest, most diverse and most profitable industrial gas company in the world.

Reimagine What’s Possible

The California Labor & Contract Manager is a pivotal role within Air Products’ organizations executing maintenance and project related work at our operating facilities. Reporting directly to the NA IG Fleet Asset Director, this role will collaborate closely with the regional Procurement team, the PROS & Project Delivery team executing TAR work as well as the Franchise. The California Labor and Contract Manager plays a vital role in maintaining harmonious labor relations with our external contractors and associated organized labor organizations that provide services on our operating plant sites. This role requires expertise in contractor management, collective bargaining, collective agreements, wage data, California SB740 legislation, industrial craft classifications, facility maintenance requirements, local labor trends, employment laws and TAR execution.



  • Define and lead APCI’s strategy to partner with contractor organized labor (primarily Building Trade Unions) to chart our future interaction and methods to maintain and improve our operating facilities.
  • Develop an APCI structure across the existing organization including roles, accountabilities, and responsibilities to implement APCIs strategy. Then obtain the appropriate and necessary organization buy-in and support.
  • Create the relationships to interface with the key resources inside and outside APCI to execute and communicate the developed APCI strategy.
  • Create, lead, and facilitate a productive interactive relationship with the various organized labor (primarily Building Trade unions) groups within the State of California and other regions. This relationship shall foster a productive and positive relationship with the various building trade unions to ensure APCI and the Building Trades have an economically positive relationship for APCI.
  • Be the point of contact to the Business, Plant Operations, Regional Maintenance, Plant Projects, Turnaround (TAR) Outage Planning and Purchasing organization to resolve questions, field inquiries, provide advice, and guidance on how to comply with the California SB740 law and related regulations.
  • Lead and manage the compliance of SB-740 to ensure, prove and formally measure our compliance to the law.
  • Develop and maintain an Employee Handbook and training plan and training material to bring new members of the Business, Operations, TAR, Maintenance or Project team up to speed with the latest version of SB-740.
  • Own and have a detailed understanding of Air Products approved Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and be able to act as an expert as we interface with internal APCI people, legal counsel, our contractors, our customers, regulatory agencies, and the local and national unions.
  • Determine key performance indicators to measure the success of the relationship between our contractors, subcontractors, the union and our APCI departments.
  • In support of the APCI strategy, develop and lead strategic relationships with outside contractors to execute the APCI strategy.
  • In support of the APCI strategy, foster and maintain relationship with multi-level union leadership. Develop a multi-level relationship plan to affect a successful partnership.
  • Provide regular communication on the state of relationships and drive action across the organization to meet organization expectations.

Required Skills / Abilities


  • This role is intended to be located preferentially within California.
  • A solid background in labor relations between the private and public sectors.
  • Strong negotiating and mediation skills.
  • Exceptional leadership skills.
  • High ethical standards with the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and effective time management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Strong public speaking, presentation, training, and teaching skills.

Education And Licensing Requirements


  • Bachelors in labor relations or engineering with minimum of 10 years of heavy industrial construction/projects experience with construction trade unions and/or contractors.
  • Hold a valid and clean driver's license.

Work Hours & Benefits


  • This is a residence-based position.

Air Products proudly values the skills, dedication, and leadership that veterans bring to the table. As a veteran-friendly organization, we actively encourage and welcome veterans to apply for various roles within our company. We recognize the unique strengths and experiences that veterans contribute, and we foster a workplace that honors your service while providing a platform for professional growth.

Salary range $150,000 - $200,000/year


We are the world’s largest hydrogen producer with over 80 years of industrial gas experience. We are hydrogen and industrial gas experts delivering safe, end-to-end solutions, investing in real, clean energy projects at scale, and driving the industry forward to generate a cleaner future.

At Air Products, we work in an environment where we put safety first, diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit About Air Products.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and also be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.). You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

Air Products is committed to working with and providing a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and you believe you need a reasonable accommodation to search for a job opening or to submit an online application, please e-mail us at General application status inquiries are not answered by this mailbox rather you’ll receive an e-mail directly from our Career Center and/or the Talent Acquisition Specialist.