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    Human Resources Manager

    Garlock Printing & Converting
    Gardner, MA 01440
    Full-time, Part-time
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    Job Description

    Job Description


    Human Resources Manager (E-8) is responsible to provide both strategic and tactical HR leadership to the local Operation’s manufacturing location in all aspects of business strategy; with the Vice President of Human Resources create and implement HR strategies and initiatives to create structure, business processes, performance systems, solutions and metrics to enable the assigned client groups to execute and achieve the business targets that create, support, and sustain a high performance and innovative culture. This position also leads, consults, and influences local management and all team members.

    The HR Manager will partner closely with plant leaders and the Corporate HR team building employee engagement by executing corporate initiatives, driving the development and attainment of business strategies and plans through strategic HR planning, change management, organizational design, talent management and support of the Garlock’s Employee Value Proposition.

    Key Responsibilities:

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Support Vice President of Human Resources and local Plant Manager in providing location specific insights to help the Center of Excellence team at headquarters align overall strategies with location specific requirements

    • Partner with plant leadership/operations management in strategic planning and meeting business goals and objectives including all HR processes, programs and initiatives. 

    • Demonstrate ability to understand how the business operates from a commercial and financial perspective and to be able to translate business needs into effective HR related solutions.

    • Function as a consultant and counselor and build value-added relationships with the management team, providing solutions to workforce issues and offering alternatives for effective people decisions and actions. Influence and coach leadership and management in effectively managing human capital.

    • Develop strategic solutions to recruitment, people development and retention issues. Build organizational capability and bench strength, ensuring the right people are in the right jobs. This includes talent reviews, succession planning reviews, calibration reviews and performance management. Promote Competency models, performance management process and functional career pathing tools. Create development opportunities for employees and provide coaching.

    • Function as the local external ambassador to NGO, Government (All Levels), Cultural, Community, Business and Educational (Technical Schools, Colleges and Universities) agencies to create and enhance a preferential status for referrals to GPC talent acquisition (Pipeline).

    • Lead and direct plant HR Talent Management activities to support the achievement of plant performance metrics in the areas of Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Productivity & People

    • Provide guidance, direction and support for intensive work-based development programs focused on hands-on training and mentorship. This includes Work Internships, Apprenticeships and School to Work initiatives and programs.

    • Ensure the execution of key plant HR initiatives and processes to drive operational excellence and continuous improvement in all areas of Human Resources including organization effectiveness, recruitment and staffing, employee relations, performance management, training and development, benefits, best employment practices and legal compliance

    • Guide and implement the Employee Relations strategy and manage overall culture at the plant to maintain a positive employee relations environment

    • Understand, support and apply organization change and continuous improvement efforts (such as Lean) and collaborate with plant leadership to ensure successful change management approaches through effective planning and analysis, communication of change initiatives, full and active leadership support and employee involvement. Apply same approach to  include HR systems and problem-solving

    • Provide counsel and coaching to all employees on a wide range of personnel matters

    • Track and analyze business metrics including plant HR data to determine root cause and develop and execute action plans  in order to implement systemic improvements.

    • Support performance management initiatives and integrating balanced assessments, goal setting and development processes

    • Provide thorough and engaging orientation, on-boarding and employee communication processes in partnership with other lead team members

    • Advise and counsel managers and their staff on HR/employee issues and activities

    • Keeps abreast of “HR Best Practices”, and ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, and statutes governing HR processes as well as any changes and trends impacting HR.

    • Conducts investigations for policy violations (i.e., sexual harassment, discrimination); recommends appropriate actions consistent with policy(s). Works closely with Insurance companies in the preparation of responses to complaints filed with EEOC or other relevant agencies and attends and/or testifies at hearings, as appropriate.

    • Counsels  and coaches employees and responds to concerns, coordinates escalation processes, assists in problem resolution, and oversees disciplinary and termination process in an attempt to proactively bring ER issues to successful resolution for both employees and management, while reducing company liability.

    • Able to attract and interact with a diverse workforce.

    • Effectively able to communicate with all levels of the organization. Able to identify and put into words questions around needs of the business, trust, feelings.  Summarizes important points or messages, framing the message to the audience using meaningful terms and examples.

    • Consistent and regular attendance

    • All other duties as changed or assigned. 

    • Develop and promote community service project and programs.

    • Follows and enforces Product Safety and Quality standards

    • Follows and enforces FDA GMP’s in regards to food contact packaging as it pertains to the employee

    • Follows and enforces  product defense standards and complies with all requirements

    • Practices safe work habits and follows general safety procedures such as proper lifting and bending, ergonomics, proper use of equipment and use of personal protection equipment (PPE)

    • Practices good housekeeping including clutter-free work area and general cleaning; follows FDA product safety standards.



    1. Business Acumen

    2. Command Skills

    3. Conflict Management

    4. Customer Focus  

    5. Decision Quality

    6. Developing Others

    7. HR Technical Expertise.

    8. Drive for Results

    9. Managerial Courage

    10. Process Management

    Supervisory Responsibility

    This position has direct supervisory responsibilities, and serves as a coach and mentor for other positions in the organization.


    Required Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or SHRM Certification

    • 7+ years of progressive HR leadership experience in a manufacturing organization, 3 of which are at the plant staff manager level.

    • Experience with recruitment, employee relations, compensation, performance management, talent management, organizational development and culture / engagement initiatives

    • Working knowledge of relevant State and Federal laws related to HR policies and practices

    • Experience leading and managing significant organizational change, organizational development and/or organizational effectiveness

    • Experience in developing and supporting high performing and/or semi-autonomous teams

    • Strong organizational skills to handle high volumes of work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment while maintaining excellent delivery and quality performance.

    • Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities with a strong attention to detail, combined with a strong customer service orientation and the ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization, individually and in teams

    • Proven oral and written communications skills to convey information clearly and effectively. Solid listening skills to gather information for understanding

    • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources, determine issues and objectives, and develop strategies to address needs

    • Ability to pivot focus effectively in response to business needs

    • Experience managing complex employee relations situations

    • History of effectively coaching across levels and functions, including individuals in more senior roles than oneself

    • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office including Excel and PowerPoint


    Preferred Education and Experience

    • PHR/SPHR certification

    • Post Graduate Degree

    • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma or other process improvement methodologies to increase value to customers through elimination of non-value added work


    Company Description

    Garlock Printing & Converting Corporation is a premiere flexographic printer offering innovative packaging solutions setting us apart from other manufacturers. Our cutting edge technology and knowledgeable workforce allows us to be a business partner with our clients.
    Posting ID: 564734430Posted: 2020-08-03