Reference : 588245

Human Resources Business Partner

  • Human Resources
  • United States WORCESTER, MA
  • Permanent / Regular (US)
  • Posting date : 10/20/2021

Position description

Supporting two Plant Managers and their functional organization; in this role the HR Business Partner will provide full cycle human resource support to include the areas of: employee relations, employee investigations, performance management, compensation, benefits, as well as other HR operations responsibilities and is a member of the plant leadership team.   The Human Resources Business Partner will manage all human resource organizational development, staffing needs, benefits and training health and worker’s compensation (in coordination with EHS) for a 250+ person discreet manufacturing facility.  Will develop and facilitate the implementation of a strategic plan designed to move the manufacturing plant toward world-class stature in employee engagement and human resource processes. This effort includes organizational assessment and diagnosis, development and training, employee involvement, team development, and group facilitation. Will coach managers and employees to achieve the communication practices that cultivate a world class safety environment and an excellent employee experience. Will oversee time and attendance, compensation, benefits administration, communications, and talent acquisition.   Coaches employees and leaders to cultivate a culture that reflects Saint Gobain’s principles of conduct and action, attitudes and the participative/teams based culture expected by Saint-Gobain.   This is a staff level position, which has broad latitude in developing strategy and plans for the employee engagement and development.


  • BA/BS in related field or equivalent work experience.  SHRM certification a plus.
  • 8+ years’ progressive experience in Human Resources to include
    • Staffing and Workforce Planning (short and long-term), including labor market assessments and HR analytics.
    • Performance management
    • Conflict resolution and facilitation
    • Team building
    • Employee Engagement
    • Leadership skill development
    • Employee relations
  • Some experience/exposure with manufacturing safety preferred
  • Experience in coaching at all levels, up, down and peer.
  • Manufacturing large industrial required
  • Proven track record of delivering business results, with a good business acumen to manage Human Resource performance and impact on business key performance indicators.
  • Previous continuous improvement experience preferred – Six Sigma, Lean or WCM
  • Cross functional team leadership
  • Service oriented
  • Good MS suite proficiency, including excel.
  • Comprehensive understanding of employment legislation and regulations
  • Working knowledge of HRIS systems. 
  • Must have strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Must demonstrate a proper sense of urgency, decisiveness, integrity, and ability to make appropriate decisions
  • Must have excellent written/verbal skills
  • Must have the ability to interact and work effectively with all levels of the organization, to include executive management

Must be able to flex hours to support 24-7 operations and off shift employee relations events and/or issues.

Additional Requirements







Human Resources and Employee Relations

  • Cultivates a culture based on trust, empowerment, collaboration and inclusion.
  • Conducts round tables, check ins to keep pulse on employee relations
  • Analyzes data to understand HR performance trends – time to fill, cost to fill, downtime as a result of no labor etc.
  • Manages and teaches risk mitigation as it relates to employee relations, wage and hour and worker’s compensation.
  • Manages end to end recruiting process from, sourcing, staffing and selection processes (including internal job posting, candidate sourcing, screening, interviews and selection decisions) through onboard and new hire training completion.  Partners with local temporary staffing firms and colleges and universities to staff for peak production seasons, internships, co-ops etc.
  • Directs and oversees performance management systems and processes (annual reviews, one-on-one coaching, progressive discipline, investigations)
  • Develops and implements must-win-battles as they relate to employee engagement, culture and lean and agile workforce for the plant location; collaborates with business unit leadership to facilitate group-wide must win battles.
  • Coaches plant leaders through employee relations issues and post survey management
  • Ensures compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act, internal reporting and controls.
  • Manage wage and benefit administration (local surveys, competitive analysis job banding, job progression, wage increase recommendations, pay and bonus administration)
  • Manage new hire onboarding and job training and certification processes
  • Develop, implement and insure consistent application of federal, state, local, company business unit and plant policies and procedures.  Is the local subject matter expert as it relates to state and local law/requirements.
  • In collaboration with leadership team, oversee communications processes and systems within the plant (from local town hall meetings to pre-shift huddles, benefits enrollment, LiveWell, Safety and EHS days)
  • Lead, support, develop indirect reports.  Develop short- and long-range objectives, work assignments, workload balancing, and accountabilities
  • Ensure company and government reporting requirements are completed accurately and on time.
  • Insure HRIS is maximized in plant, implementing database solutions to reduce non- value added work
  • Is responsible for the accurate and timely systems processing for hourly workforce changes in the HR systems.
  • Conducts annual internal controls audit for HR function, identifying gaps, documenting and executing risk mitigation to ensure compliance.
  • Leads the interactive process with employees and leaders regarding reasonable accommodations.  Understands and manages employee expectations and business risk.
  • Is the location subject matter expert and coordinates with BU HR Strategic Leader, Compliance, Labor relations and employment attorneys regarding the management of business risks associated with workplace and labor management.









Organizational Development and Training

  • Leads the plants World Class Manufacturing People Development Continuous Improvement Program and pillar team
  • Conducts strategic workforce planning, organizational assessments and succession planning with leadership steering committee
  • Identifies internal and external resources to address gaps in skills and capabilities needed for the effective and efficient operation of the plant
  • Ensures compliance for traceability of required training
  • Facilitates a variety of developmental and compliance training
  • Facilitates in scope annual succession planning and people development reviews ensuring progress on employee development plans


Health and Safety

  • Leads by example by participating in EHS investigations (behavior based observations, near misses and unsafe conditions)
  • Understands manufacturing safe practices and Saint Gobain safety standards – can identify gaps or issues on the floor and take appropriate action.
  • Support or leads H&S compliance programs, associated with FMLA, STD, LTD, worker’s compensation, periodic health checks (like hearing testing) 
  • Leads the conversations with injured employees to ensure appropriate and timely action
  • Is responsible for ESIS and worker’s compensation management for the site – coordinating with EHS Manager and Plant Manager
  • Participates in management of change reviews and/or safety incident investigations

Who are we ?

Saint-Gobain Abrasives manufacturers and distributes high quality abrasive products to engineering, distribution and retail markets in the US. We are the world’s leading abrasives manufacturer and the only international supplier of abrasives that manufacturers each of the 3 major types of abrasives: Bonded Abrasives, Coated Abrasives and Diamond products.

With a strong presence in every continent the Abrasives Division serves its customers through structured sales operations in over 26 countries and employs nearly 16,000 people globally. Abrasives forms a key part of the High Performance Materials Division of Saint-Gobain, which is one of the 5 key areas of activity in which Saint-Gobain operate.

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