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Human Resources Manager

Date: Apr 27, 2021

Location: Chicago 71st, IL, US, 60629

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Job Description

W. R. Grace is seeking a Human Resources Manager/ Business Partner who will provide HR leadership and manage human resources activities at our Chicago, IL and E. Chicago, IN manufacturing sites. The position will report to the Director, Human Resources for the region. This individual will drive organizational capability within the site to help Grace meet growth and productivity goals.  This position will also lead and execute critical HR processes for talent management, development, and succession planning. In addition, the position will have primary responsibility for site-based labor and employee relations activities.  Additional responsibilities:

  • Participates and supports site safety programs and initiatives to ensure “No One Hurt” is a reality.
  • Partner with Operations leaders to develop organizational strategies to achieve Grace’s business goals and growth strategies
  • Provide leadership, guidance and counsel to leaders on matters related to talent, organizational change, labor and employee relations, engagement and communications.
  • Ensure alignment with HR global and regional strategies and drives the implementation of those strategies.
  • Align with the HR service delivery model and coordinates regularly with the HR Centers of Excellence to deliver high quality services for employees, with focus on effective payroll, benefits administration, talent management and development practices.
  • Promote and deliver on initiatives to drive a positive culture and workforce climate at the site.
  • Prepare for and participate in union contract (CBA) negotiations process to achieve a successful agreement that ensures manufacturing continuity and delivers on business objectives.
  • Guides and administers grievance administration, working to minimize or resolve at lowest possible level. Prepares for arbitrations and other dispute responses to unions and government agencies. 
  • Utilizes HR and business systems to administer programs, analyze data and workforce trends.

Required Skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with all levels in the manufacturing plant.
  • Proficiency in anticipating and mitigating conflicts and disputes. Minimize grievance activity and develop solutions to resolve at lowest possible level.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute successfully on strategic initiatives as well as tactical tasks.
  • Strong professional maturity / judgment and accustomed to dealing with confidential situations.
  • Ability to generate creative and practical solutions to issues.
  • Strong customer and results orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead changes at the site in alignment with business partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects from conception to completion in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively across teams, departments and businesses.

Required Experience

  • B.S. in HR Management, Business, Psychology, or related field
  • 7+ years’ experience demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility as a human resources generalist/ business partner.
  • Experience in a unionized manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with driving employee engagement and positive employee relations with all levels of employees.
  • Proficient using HR systems (SuccessFactors, preferred) and processes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters or MBA

Nearest Major Market: Chicago