Job Description

Human Resources Manager

Location: Chicago, IL area

About the job: Our client is an international leader in the manufacture of leading-edge coatings and/or pigments for automotive and other, high value coating applications.  Due to an impending retirement in their HR group, they are seeking a dynamic Human Resource Manager to be responsible for the professional management of the client’s personnel function, providing support to its business operations through effective management of employee development.  The ideal Human Resource Manager candidate will be a strong HR Generalist, as this position is very hands-on and demands a wide array of generalist skills/responsibilities for the entire HR function and support within the Chicago-area plant, working w/ the executive leadership team as a business partner. The Human Resource Manager will also lead the recruitment and selection process, labor relations, benefit programs, as well as other company policies and directives.  The Human Resource Manager that fills this position will provide program and policies recommendations for continuous improvements for the company and for all Human Resource functions. With the stability that comes from being an industry leader, opportunities to join our client’s endeavors are rare.  This Human Resource Manager position is coming open as a result of careful succession planning by the incumbent, who is retiring; such is the culture of the client to provide stable, long-term opportunities as a result of careful planning and strategic direction.  As such, our client will only initiate with experienced HR leaders in the Greater Chicago area (with 10+ years or more in manufacturing) who will be engaged team players committed to keeping our client at the forefront of the coatings industry.

Job Description:

  • Administration of employees, both union and non-union, compensation and all benefit programs including healthcare, retirement (defined benefit) and savings (401k) plans, wellness, and any other initiatives offered by the Company.
  • Responsible for developing, revising, maintaining Corporate policies and programs designed to recruit, select, and retain the highest quality candidates/employees necessary to align with Company strategy & objectives.
  • Work with CFO in designing union contracts aimed at maintaining a stable, qualified unionized workforce capable of meeting Company production requirements, without unwanted work stoppages or disruption to operations. Incumbent also is the primary interface between Company and Union representatives throughout the entire contract negotiating process, as well as administration of contract rules, policies, procedures, etc.
  • Maintain adequate records, documents, notes, manuals, etc., designed to be in compliance with various governmental regulatory agencies/departments with respect to Federal & State labor laws, Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, etc.
  • Through effective coaching and training, monitor employee appraisals and performance reviews, ensuring fair assessments of all employees is maintained and communicated effectively by managers and supervisors.
  • Support company ISO Management System as required.
  • Responsible for administering; pre-hire work related physical and strength test exams; on the job work related injuries and direction of appropriate medical treatment; follow up and review of on-going workers compensation cases; reporting accidents and incidents in conjunction with OSHA prescribed format; coordinate efforts and develop plans for returning employees back to work as quickly as possible.
  • Provide back up support to the Accounting group for both salaried and hourly payroll processes and direct appropriate wage determination in compliance with union contract agreements, federal and state labor laws.
  • Responsible for planning, monitoring and executing periodic wage/benefit surveys/benchmarks and implementing changes where necessary into the Company’s various pay grades and compensation structure.
  • Work with the Operations, Executive and Management teams to develop programs designed to improve job skills, increase worker responsibilities, evaluate manpower requirements, internal & external training programs, safety improvements, performance assessments and succession planning.
  • Coordinate Wellness initiatives, Shop Talk sessions, financial check-ups and/or any other company-wide events as directed.
  • Security coordinator for the company, developing and maintaining security policies, supervision of outside security contractors and recommending appropriate plant-wide security measures.
  • Interface with the Executive team, Management Committee and all employees, as needed, with effective communication of all personnel matters pertaining to the successful operations of the business. Additionally, this position requires the ability to problem solve, sound judgment, discretion, creativity, excellent communicative skills, and the ability to work with minimal supervision and effectively in a team environment.
  • Position requires strong human relations skills and a minimum of 12 to 15 years of personnel “generalist” experience and demonstration of increased responsibility in this field and expertise in many areas of Personnel Management functioning within a manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Administration, Business Administration, or related field.
  • SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-SCP Certification preferred.
  • Highly skilled in the use of Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.

Job Requirements:

  • Position requires strong human relations skills and a minimum of 12 to 15 years of personnel “generalist” experience and demonstration of increased responsibility in this field and expertise in many areas of Personnel Management functioning within a manufacturing environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Administration, Business Administration, or related field.
  • SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-SCP Certification preferred.
  • Highly skilled in the use of Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.

Salary: $90-100K range + bonus

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