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Human Resources Director

Wausau, Wisconsin


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Company Summary:

Position Summary:

Responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and administration of all major human resource programs and functions at the Company including recruitment and selection, employee relations and engagement, wage and salary administration, training and development, benefit administration, safety, and employee services.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Works closely with the senior management team to set the course and direction of the human resource function. Serves as a strategic business leader in establishing and maintaining engaged and constructive relationships between employees and the Company. Responsible for long-range strategic planning and development of operational plans for the department. Responsible for budget development and expense allocation. Advises the President on human resources planning and program development.

2. Develops and recommends programs, policies, procedures, and controls regarding employment issues. Analyzes manpower requirements, absenteeism, turnover, and other personnel statistics. Prepares reports for management on a periodic and as-requested basis.

3. Provides for efficient and effective administration of employee benefit plans including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, time-off, retirement plan, education assistance, and employee assistance program. Researches and recommends changes in benefits that are of value to employees and are cost-effective to the Company.

4. Develops and directs the Company's wage and salary policies to attract and retain competent employees. Includes the design and/or maintenance of a job evaluation system, external equity analysis, incentive compensation, and compliance with governmental wage and hour regulations. Responsible for salary administration and development of pro-forma projections for increases.

5. Directs recruitment and selection activities to ensure that properly qualified candidates are recruited and hired. Develops and has oversite of new employee orientation sessions to ensure the smooth and successful transition of new hires into the Company.

6. Develops and administers appropriate performance appraisal techniques and systems to assist managers, supervisors, and employees in the optimum utilization of their skills and abilities in meeting Company objectives.

7. Prepares, issues, and periodically updates the Employee Handbook and other employment related policy manuals to ensure consistent application of human resource policies throughout the Company. Assists management in the interpretation and administration of policy. Informs employees of any changes/updates.

8. Analyzes training needs and develops, coordinates, and/or conducts educational programs to address those needs. Utilizes external trainers when necessary.

9. Administers Workers’ Compensation program. Works closely with insurance company representatives, and Company and employee physicians to determine employee injuries/illnesses and their fitness to return to work. Consults with Company attorney in cases involving litigation.

10. Develops, coordinates, and maintains Company safety program. Includes compliance with OSHA industrial standards (e.g. noise, air quality, and related tests), right-to-know training, and monitoring Safety Committee activities. Takes lead in OSHA inspection and accident investigations.

11. Investigates internal complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, safety concerns, and other workplace conflicts. Responds to EEO, OSHA, FMLA, and wage and hour complaints. Consults with Company attorney when necessary.

12. Represents the Company in unemployment compensation insurance matters.

13. Maintains legally required and other records on employees and human resource programs and activities. Processes required government reports (e.g., EEO-1, OSHA 300, first reports of injury, etc.).

14. Develops and coordinates publishing the Company's newsletter.

15. Supervises the Human Resources Representative(s) and HR Assistant.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

Keeps current in field by reading published information and attending authorized seminars and conferences. Occasional out-of-town travel.

Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of this position.

Work Relationships and Scope:

Reports directly to the President. Works closely with senior management and all other managers and supervisors at the Company. Due to nature of the position, will work with almost all employees at the Company on an occasional or regular basis. Has regular contact with external service providers and government agencies (unemployment, OSHA, EEOC, etc.).

Performance Dimensions/Competencies:

Accessible and responsive to the human resource needs and concerns of management and employees, gain their trust and respect. Maintain and comply with HR-related governmental requirements, record keeping, and administration. Soundness of human resource decisions made regarding employment policies, compensation system, employee benefits, and other HR programs. Maintain the integrity of confidential employment and business information. Set a good example for professional business behavior. Advise management and employees on positive resolution of employment-related conflict.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed largely in a pleasant office environment; however, a good deal of time will be spent on the plant floor with the employees where a minimal exposure to injury exists. Hours of work will generally be during regular business hours and average at least 45 hours a week. There will be some variation in work hours due to employee shift schedules, special projects, deadlines, and other concerns. Occasional out-of-town and overnight business travel is required for business and education, by air and auto.


Skills & Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Requires college degree in human resources, industrial relations, business management, or equivalent. An advanced degree and/or human resource certification is preferred. At least five years of human resources generalist or industrial relations experience (preferably in manufacturing), which includes work in employee relations, recruitment and selection, compensation, performance appraisal, training and development, employee benefits, wage and hour compliance, policy development, and safety concerns. Requires the ability to practically apply knowledge in policy development and use this as a guideline in the employment relationship; base compensation systems, job evaluation techniques, salary survey use, performance evaluation design and administration; major employment laws (such as Title VII, FLSA, OSHA, etc.) and legal selection techniques; a variety of employee benefit plans (insured and self-funded). Requires skill in writing clearly and understandably; using a word processor and spreadsheet programs on a PC to produce reports/correspondence and track statistics; making presentations to groups (employees, management, public relations) and explaining complex policies, practices, and benefits; non-defensively resolving conflicts between people. Requires ability to plan, prioritize, and organize work effectively; work effectively under pressure and time deadlines; analyze problems (not just symptoms), propose reasonable solutions, make logical decisions, carry-out decisions made, and follow-up with feedback where appropriate. Must travel between locations throughout our organization on a regular basis.


Shifts include a paid break and paid lunch. Medical, dental, life, vision, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and flexible spending plan available 1st of the month following 60 days of employment. 401(k) retirement plan available quarterly 1st of the month following 90 days of employment (must be 21). Vacation and incentive paid time off during your first year of employment.


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