Reference : 587559

Human Resources Generalist - Life Sciences, Manufacturing

  • Human Resources
  • United States PORTAGE
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 08/30/2021

Position description

If you want to reshape the world and discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe.  We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us. 

The Human Resources Generalist acts as a lead resource for the Portage, WI plant and provides comprehensive HR supports for the administration and implementation of a wide range of Human Resources programs at a multi-shift manufacturing facility. The responsibility includes, but are not limited to employee relations, benefits, recruiting, Human Resource Information Systems, compensation, training, recruiting, employee development and retention, people review and succession planning, and compliance with all applicable laws. In addition, the Generalist will assist the Human Resources Manager, Plant Manager and the Corporate Human Resource team with the implementation of strategic HR programs. This position reports to the Human Resources Manager and will play an important role with helping the site to achieve business goals and objectives.  Administers a wide range of human resource programs to achieve HR goals and align with the business strategies for Portage, WI plant.

Essential Functions:

Develop, maintain and continuously improve HR programs at the corporate level; actively work on ideas and projects to improve the HR function.

  • Recruiting/Employment/Personnel
  • On-Boarding / Off-Boarding
  • Employee/Labor Relations
  • Maintains HRIS/Creates reports/Provides analysis
  • Compensation
  • Employee/Retiree benefits
  • Training, Health and Safety
  • Employee Engagement
  • Metrics review
  • Miscellaneous administrative functions


Act as liaison to provide counsel among the company, employees, program providers and/or government agencies, resolving issues, seeking guidance, providing information, ensuring compliance with regulations to advance overall working relationships, increase productivity, engagement, employee development and employee relations issues. Administers and optimizes various HR programs and processes to support the employee life cycle for assigned businesses.


Leads talent acquisition activities within the site. This position is responsible for ensuring sourcing and recruiting strategies align with business plans including sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates while building a steady proactive pipeline of qualified candidates within client groups; facilitates new employee orientations for the site; creates advertisements and works with corporate talent acquisition team and agencies on recruitment efforts.  Work closely with internal business partners and lead the annual Workforce Planning process. Responsible for leading the Internship program in Portage, while engaging the interns, buddy’s and managers to ensure a successful program.


Assists in the coordination/administration/recommendations of the annual merit and incentive processes in coordination with department and HR leadership. Monitors Performance Management program and recommends improvements as necessary. Assists managers with the development of employee IDPs. Ensure integrity of job descriptions and aligns position changes are within Compensation guidelines.  Apply organizational design methodologies to develop and implement career path plans for key roles within the organization.


Provides consultative support for workforce issues while partnering with managers, supervisors and employees in areas of talent acquisition, employee relations, employee development/retention. to counsel related to employee relations and development of teams and staff. Recommending training and development opportunities to address gaps identified by management, supervisors and/or employees.


Supports the annual People Review and Succession Planning process by partnering with managers in gathering employee information and creating PowerPoint presentations to be reviewed by leadership and key personnel. Facilitate feedback plans and opportunities for action planning through formal IDPs.  Maintains business organization chart. Assists in the development and overall recruiting and succession planning model.






Bachelor's Degree - Human Resources, Business or Related Field; Required

Master's Degree - MBA or Related Area; Preferred.

5+ years of human resources experience, within corporate or manufacturing environment; Required.

Strong analytical skills, problem solving skills and training capability.  Competency in the Microsoft Office Suite; Required.

HRIS experience; Required.

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects; Required.

Skills in reporting and analysis; Required.

Excellent oral and written communication skills; Required.

Well-versed in the local and national employment laws; Required.

Ability to travel upwards of 20% - other Saint-Gobain facilities for business/training.


Who are we ?

Saint-Gobain’s innovations touch almost every major industry around the world. Within its Life Sciences division, teams are solving critical problems for customers who are getting life-saving medical devices to the frontlines of healthcare, discovering essential medications, and nourishing and connecting the world through consumer, industrial and electronics applications. As one of the world’s leading producers of high-performance polymer products, we improve lives by making simple experiences better and being there in life’s critical moments.

Our team members recognize that we all create the environment for people to succeed, with a culture built on respect, open and honest communication, and honoring our commitments to our customers and each other. And at the heart of our culture, we’ve learned working together makes good ideas, great ones.

With a legacy dating back more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain offers employees the stability and security of a leading Global 500 corporation while operating like multiple small and agile start-ups, where entrepreneurial spirit, pioneering teamwork, and bold, forward-thinking ideas pave new paths.

Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users. At Saint-Gobain, you’re empowered and equipped with countless opportunities and resources for professional development. You will find the support you need to create a vision and roadmap for your career, and make that vision a reality.

Invent yourself at Saint-Gobain Life Sciences; and together, we’ll create a better life.

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