Employee Relations Investigator

Ann Arbor
May 13, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
Trademark Agent
Contract Type

Company Overview

KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop, smartphone, wearable device, voice–controlled gadget, flexible screen, VR device or smart car would have made it into your hands without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. The innovative ideas and devices that are advancing humanity all begin with inspiration, research and development. KLA focuses more than average on innovation and we invest 15% of sales back into R&D. Our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem–solvers work together with the world's leading technology providers to accelerate the delivery of tomorrow's electronic devices. Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.


The Legal Compliance Organization (LCO) team headquartered in Milpitas, CA and second headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI provides legal guidance to further KLA's strategic objectives and protect and preserve the legal, ethical and financial integrity and reputation of the Company. With specific expertise in the areas of corporate law, commercial law, employment law, and intellectual property; the LCO offers strategic legal counsel that is informed by a clear understanding of the company's business objectives and expertise in the laws and regulations relevant to the business worldwide.

Job Description/Preferred Qualifications

Based out of KLA's headquarters, the Employee Relations Investigator will be a member of KLA's Legal & Compliance Organization reporting to the global Head of Investigations and partnering closely with the Global Employment Law Team. The Employee Relations Investigator will be an advocate of KLA's culture and values and will be responsible for investigating potential workplace concerns including violations of KLA's global policies, values and/or applicable laws or regulations. This role will include investigating matters related to workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, privacy, intellectual property theft, conflicts of interest, and other policy breaches.

The Employee Relations Investigator's responsibilities will include conducting investigations in a fair, impartial, and detailed manner including conducting employee and third–party interviews; detailing investigation efforts, analysis, review, or impressions; leading and working with third party resources; drafting investigation reports; preparing recommendations; and reporting out investigation findings at all levels within KLA. The Employee Relations Investigator must have principled integrity; the ability to balance multiple sophisticated investigations concurrently; emotional intelligence for those involved in the investigation process; and the ability to confront those involved in the investigation process about difficult information and findings.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct fair, detailed, and timely investigations into allegations of violations of KLA's policies or local law and policies to ensure fair treatment of all employees.
  • Initiate and complete all investigation steps, including document review, interviews, investigation reports, recommend remedial actions, and reporting out on investigation findings, trends, and related metrics.
  • Lead and work with third party resources, such as digital forensics, investigation, and document review firms.
  • Run document reviews, including the collection, review, and analysis of relevant documents.
  • Conduct employee training on KLA's investigation process, including reporting channels and the importance of raising issues.
  • Support the Global Employment Law Team on other projects, initiatives, and strategic opportunities as may arise from time–to–time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Qualified Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification or equivalent.
  • Wicklander–Zulawski, or similar certifications.
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written).
  • Solid understanding in mandarin (verbal and written).
  • Experience in conducting corporate investigative fieldwork, including complainant, witness, and subject employee interviews, investigative data analysis, and production of investigative documentation.
  • Knowledge and application of U.S., EU and APAC employment laws and regulations.
  • Experience with a variety of Human Resources subject areas, such as harassment, discrimination, fraud FCPA/anti–corruption and bribery, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 4–year undergraduate degree in Employee Relations, Human Resources or related fields.
  • At least 4+ years professional experience conducting internal workplace investigations in–house or law firm.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams, multiple regions and time zones, including international travel.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, influencing and writing skills.
  • Self–motivated and persistent; strong ability and comfort in exercising independent judgment for acquiring results while containing legal risk.

The company offers a total rewards package that is competitive and comprehensive including but not limited to the following: medical, dental, vision, life, and other voluntary benefits, 401(K) including company matching, employee stock purchase program (ESPP), student debt assistance, tuition reimbursement program, development and career growth opportunities and programs, financial planning benefits, wellness benefits including an employee assistance program (EAP), paid time off and paid company holidays, and family care and bonding leave.

KLA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by applicable law. We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.