Employee Relations Partner

Date: Jan 2, 2022

Location: Sparrows Point, MD, US, 21219

Company: Under Armour

Under Armour has one mission: to make you better. We have a commitment to innovation that lies at the heart of everything we do, not just for our athletes but also for our teammates. As a global organization, our teams around the world push boundaries and think beyond what is expected. Together our teammates are unified by our values and are grounded in our vision to inspire you with performance solutions you never knew you needed but can’t imagine living without.

Position Summary

The Employee Relations Partner is a critical member of Under Amour’s Teammate Relations team. This team is responsible for developing and implementing an employee relations program to effectively and consistently deal with complaints, investigations, and performance issues to promote positive employee relations. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of team dynamics and provide solutions to improve team functioning. We proactively address systemic root cause issues that prevent us from meeting our organizational goals. We do that by leading focus groups, providing performance coaching, and looking into teammate complaints and concerns. We deal with complex, high-risk, and/or sensitive individual and team-related issues and make recommendations for solutions to address workplace issues with the goal of promoting an inclusive workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment. This position is located in our Baltimore Omni-Distribution House.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Directly leads investigations, teammate complaints, and organizational concerns with minimal oversight, except those involving executive leaders
  • Prepares investigative summaries and reports and makes recommendations on next steps to the business
  • Provides expert advice, counsel, and direction to leaders (Sr. Director and below), and HR Business Partners regarding best practices, policies, and employment laws (in partnership with the Company’s In-house Employment Counsel)
  • Identifies and supports in strategically managing systemic root cause issues through the alignment of the team and individual goals, leadership capabilities, change management efforts, and/or change in strategic direction objectives
  • Recommends internal and external services and resources that resolve gaps that prevent us from meeting our organizational objectives
  • Supports and coaches Managers in developing, delivering, and monitoring Performance Improvement Plans and reviews complaints or concerns from teammates regarding the process
  • Provides consultation to managers during mid and end-of-year performance review process 
  • May serve as a mediator in managing conflict resolution and addressing challenging team dynamics; conducts conflict resolution sessions, and addresses challenged team dynamics 
  • Creates and delivers team intervention work including New Leader Assimilations, Focus Groups, and Listening Sessions as needed  
  • Conducts exit interviews, and reviews exit survey data to identify trends, and offers recommendations for improvement to culture
  • Support and coach managers in delivering and executing the corrective action process
  • Drives consistency in policy and its application based on intelligence gathered from facts and trends

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • Communicate Effectively:
    • Consistently shares information with others balancing transparency with the highest level of confidentiality
    • Delivers feedback and difficult messages in an unbiased, direct, constructive, and sincere manner
    • Listens attentively, encourages others to speak openly and honestly, and responds with diplomacy and tact
    • Influences others by tailoring messaging to the audience balancing transparency with confidentiality
    • Maintains composure and acts appropriately when faced with challenging conversations
  • Collaborate Inclusively: 
    • Identifies and partners with the right teammates at the right time to ensure diversity of thought and successful outcomes while ensuring confidentiality
    • Communicates clearly and transparently within and across teams to break down barriers and identify team goals
    • Works with teammates and leaders to identify and integrate different perspectives and build consensus; able to negotiate and influence
    • Recognizes team and individual biases, and addresses barriers to inclusion; ability to remain open-minded and neutral
  • Make Data-Driven Decisions:
    • Uses logic and reasoning to synthesize data to solve complex problems, form conclusions and make recommendations
    • Evaluates the pros and cons of alternative approaches with objectivity, and their impact to the individual and business, before determining and presenting recommendations
    • Uses data from a variety of sources to support conclusions and proactively inform recommendations; ability to base decisions on facts
    • Recognizes attributes, traits, and characteristics in teammates, and determines the potential and quality of interpersonal relationships
  • Drive Continuous Improvement:
    • Proactively identifies ways of working that will enhance processes and improve interpersonal and team functioning
    • Proactively identifies connections between work activities across teams and makes recommendations for improved functioning
    • Leads or supports teams/projects to test and implement process and policy improvements
    • Able to objectively assess, understand, and problem solve moderately complex issues involving human interactions

Education And / Or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B.S.) from four-year college or university
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a human resource function, preferably one (1) year in an HRBP or Employee Relations role
  • Direct employee-facing experience 

Other Requirements

  • Location: This individual must reside within commuting distance from our Baltimore Omni-Distribution House as this role is currently in-person Monday through Friday


  • No relocation provided



At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.


Learn more about Under Armour’s COVID-19 response and Teammate vaccination policies here.

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore