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HR Manager

Newburyport, Massachusetts
The Human Resources Manager is responsible for the day to day administration of employment related policies and programs at the Newburyport, MA plant. The incumbent oversees as well as performs duties at the professional level in some or all of the following functional areas: Employment (from recruit to retire), Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Temporary Employment Contract Administration (enforcement and interpretation), Training & Development, Employment Equity, New Hire Orientation, Employee Benefits and enrollment guidance/assistance; and  Compensation Management. 
The incumbent must be aware of state and federal employment law and be able to communicate, train, and develop management of these laws for compliance purposes.
This position requires an extremely perceptive person, who is capable of relating to individuals at all levels in the organization, treating everyone as a customer. The incumbent must be sensitive to corporate needs, employee goodwill, and the business needs.
The incumbent works closely with the Plant Management staff, and is a member of the site leadership team.

  • Provide guidance and expert knowledge relating to employee relations, interpersonal relations and employment law (state and federal)
  • Improve productivity through proper selection and placement of employees thereby minimizing labor costs through effective hiring controls and reducing turnover
  • Performs audits of employee files to ensure company policies and governmental; regulations/laws are adhered to, consistently. Maintain all employee and applicant documentation as dictated by governing agencies. 
  • Resolve grievances and employee relations issues with management and hourly employees, as applicable, that is in the best interest of the company and the employee
  • Manage employee issue in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Act as primary strategist for DFD-Newburyport HR in the area of organizational design by actively participating (if not leading) the evaluation of staff requirements, reduction in staff, plant labor restructuring (direct and indirect), management, and administrative roles
  •  Participate in the Food Safety yearly audit and assist in the development of procedures & corrective actions.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of training programs that will meet the personal and professional needs of our employees, while achieving the company’s goals within budgetary guidelines
  • Manage unemployment insurance claims to ensure minimal charges and reduced unemployment rating. Review all claims from Massachusetts Dept. of Employment and Training regarding unemployment issues, processing paperwork in a timely manner working with the third party administrator.  Attend Unemployment hearings when necessary.
  • Ensure EEO guidelines are understood and adhered to
  • Establish and maintain communications between and among DFD departments
  • Provide leadership and development tools to the DFD- Newburyport management staff 
  •  Monitor and record Employee Performance Evaluations and/or qualifications for hourly employees
  • Monitor and report to payroll- FMLA usage.  Maintain and distribute report of same.
  • Monitor tardy and absenteeism reports and ensure proper counsel and/or documentation is issued to employees who have excessive tardiness or absenteeism problems.
  • Oversee the administration of benefits for facility employees including new hire orientation, benefits discrepancies, short term disability leaves, and leaves under the Family Medical Leave Act;
  • Coach, counsel and guide managers through the execution of employee coaching, as well as disciplinary actions as needed
  • Ensure all OSHA guidelines are compliant with safety regulations
  • Other duties as required
  • Minimum 8 years HR experience including Generalist role; manufacturing environment
  • Minimum 3 years Labor Relations experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferably in HR discipline
  • Experience in the administration of benefits and compensation programs and/or other Human Resources programs.
  • Bi-lingual skills preferred (English-Spanish/English-Somali)
  • General knowledge of employment laws and practices.(State and Federal)
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and demonstrated skills in database management and record keeping.
  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

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