Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Growing & Profitable Manufacturing Company - Morris, IL


High visibility opportunity providing strategic HR business partner support to the VP Operations at a growing and profitable manufacturing company with a collaborative, high performance culture. Slated as the successor to the VP HR, this independent role will work closely with the Plant Manager and leverage HR resources to develop and execute organizational strategies that align structure, culture and talent with business goals at the flagship manufacturing plant with over 100 union employees. Key responsibilities will include:

  • Partner with Operations/Plant leadership to effectively connect the company’s vision and strategy to people practices. Identify and diagnose organizational issues, develop practical solutions, and implement action plans. Keep ahead of the curve on industry trends and HR best practices and recommend programs to consistently raise the bar.
  • Champion process improvement/change management initiatives to drive operational excellence using Lean/Six Sigma tools. Enable the organization to adapt to and adopt change by ensuring project plans have sufficient sponsorship, communicating effectively with stakeholders, building awareness and desire for change among impacted employees, and reinforcing the change as it becomes operationalized.
  • Develop and implement talent management programs including recruiting & community outreach to attract a robust candidate pool; training, development, and performance management to increase workforce capabilities; and workforce planning with succession planning to meet both the immediate needs and long-term growth of the organization.
  • Foster positive employee relations and increase employee engagement by ensuring the organization has the tools and methods to address issues quickly with clear communications and actions that are aligned with company values. Administer bargaining agreements and participate in arbitrations/negotiations to find win/win solutions that strengthen union relations.
  • Advise leaders and frontline supervisors with coaching, guidance, and policy interpretation to ensure legal compliance with fair and consistent management decisions. Model company values and translate strategic objectives into actionable items that inspire others to be their best.
  • Lead and/or participate in a wide range of special projects, blending strong HR fundamentals with savvy business acumen to collaborate cross functionally and achieve team goals.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic HR leader with at least 8 years of broad generalist experience that includes strengths in recruiting/talent management and employee/labor relations. Prior experience in a Lean manufacturing environment is desired, and union contract experience a plus. The right person is a highly motivated self-starter and collaborative team player with the courage to challenge the status quo and the professional poise to deliver tough messages to make a positive impact. He or she will be strategic and forward thinking, yet capable of managing critical details with excellent organization and follow up to deliver measurable results. BS/BA in Business, HR, or a related discipline is required; MS HR, MBA, and/or SHRM Professional Certification a plus.

Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills with a high level of emotional intelligence are essential. As a key contributor to exiting changes that drive organizational effectiveness, the ability to earn trust, gain respect, and influence decision making is very important. The confidence to address problems and make difficult decisions should be balanced with empathy, personal warmth and strong relationship building skills. If you are ready for a challenging new role that is embedded in the business, this is a tremendous opportunity to make a significant impact with a path to senior leadership. Intelligence, drive, sense of urgency, passion, adaptability – and a sense of humor! – are all important characteristics.

Hanna Associates is a retained executive search firm working on an exclusive basis to manage the search process. The six-figure compensation package includes salary, bonus and a very rich benefit package. Relocation assistance will also be provided.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $90,000.00 to $120,000.00 /year