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Sr. HR Manager, Manufacturing-New Ulm, MN

The Senior Human Resources Manager is both a strategic and hands-on role.  Proactive advisor and coach that provides full cycle Human Resources support to two manufacturing facilities located in New Ulm, MN and St Louis, MO for 150+ employees.  An active HR Partner and contributor as a member of the Operations Leadership Team, providing input, strong influence and counsel on HR related issues to successfully meet the business objectives.


This role is critical in executing our people initiatives, driving cultural transformation, being a trusted business partner with sharp critical and analytical thinking that brings solutions, enhancing individual and team effectiveness and boosting manager accountability. 


Key Responsibilities:


  • Successfully drive cultural change through change management strategies to address people priorities.
  • Provide counsel, advice and recommendations to managers ensuring proper handling of constructive employee relations including coaching, counseling, discipline, policy adherence, and performance management with the goal to increase manager accountability. Develop and maintain working relationships of trust and credibility
  • Implementation of Human Resources best practices to enable short and long term business strategies.
  • Drive and lead HR Projects according to overall HR strategy and needs, ensuring buy-in and timely execution.
  • Manage local staff level manufacturing recruiting and on-boarding in line with local recruitment strategy 
  • Proactively and properly manage employee complaints, ensuring investigations are documented and concluded with resolution and in accordance with relevant policies and laws.
  • Active contributor to the overall HRBP Operations Team ensuring continuity of support, NAM consistency and best practices.
  • Partner with regional HR Centers of Excellence to implement integrated people and organization solutions, e.g., onboarding, benefits, leadership development, staffing/sourcing and reward and recognition, training, and employee data integrity.




  • Bachelor’s degree, HR, Business, Communication or similar field of study, PHR desired.
  • Must have 5-8 years of successful progressive (increasing responsibilities, scope and capabilities) HR generalist experience specifically in a manufacturing (Supply Chain) environment.
  • Must have a solid understanding of federal and state employment laws, with the ability to communicate and act on them clearly and timely.
  • Proven track record of providing HR support to various business models, business priorities/strategies, and company cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and manage stakeholders, including expectations, with the ability to hold firm.
  • Must have excellent verbal presentation skills, with strong communication capabilities in small and large group sessions
  • Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office - Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.  Excel proficiency and fluency a must.
  • Travel approximately 10%.


We value:

  • A true hands-on approach that develops strong relationships with stakeholders and employees allowing accurate insights around the engagement, moral and “pulse” of the organization.
  • High-level of interpersonal skills with ability to build rapport with employees at all levels from shop floor to executive level
  • Demonstrates leadership and comfort to effectively operate in cross-divisional/functional work.
  • Proven track record for driving transformational change and enhancing HR/People initiatives in a manufacturing. 
  • Business acumen and critical thinking to recommend new approaches to ensure high-performance and continual improvements.
  • Keen interest and willingness to work hand-in-hand, creating strong connections, with employees and managers side-by-side on the shop floor to provide solutions.
  • Agile and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with a solutions mindset to resolve complex business issues.
  • Customer service mindset for all stakeholders.
  • The ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities with a results orientation mindset. Ease of working with HR systems, SAP experience advantageous.


We offer:

  • High Challenge and High Reward Environment
  • Culture that values diversity where people are at the heart of the company
  • Opportunity to work for a company that cares about environment and sets and achieve ambitious sustainability objectives


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function. Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly. We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:

* Generous Paid Time Off!

* Quarterly Bonus Potential!

* Retirement Plans!

* 401(k) with Company Match!

* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!

* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!

* Flexible Spending Accounts!

* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!

Nearest Major Market: New Ulm