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Title:  Human Resources Manager, Kalamazoo MI

Requisition ID:  7237-159

Atlanta, GA, US, 30328

Category:  Human Resources
Travel:  No Travel Required
Pay Grade:  95


The position will be located in Kalamazoo Michigan. The Human Resources Manager is expected to be a key business partner with the Mill division, functional and facility management teams including operations, functional and Human Resources across multiple mills.  They will provide coaching, consulting, support, policy interpretation and application to include matters relating to Mill division projects and processes. The position is responsible for insuring operations management and human resources consistent execution and adherence to company policies and division projects and processes.  The Human Resources Manager leads culture initiatives that include employee communications, health & wellness, community involvement, reward & recognition, talent acquisition and performance management, strategic workforce planning, audits and investigations and a variety of other activities and projects. Their position understands and aligns business operations and Human Resources as he/she executes their role to exceed customer expectations. 


JOB FUNCTIONS: Job functions include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Provide employee & labor relations counseling and problem solving for managers and employees to ensure a productive work environment, consistency with company values, policies and compliance to state and federal regulatory law
  • Provide advice, counseling and training to managers and supervisors on performance-based issues including corrective action plans, terminations, and severance agreements
  • Career development planning and execution for clients
  • Participate in the career development planning and execution process for all top performing employees in the Mill division.
  • Investigate employee relation issues such as employee grievances, complaints, harassment allegations and recommend appropriate action
  • Oversee the areas of employment, affirmative action, employee benefits, compensation, performance appraisal programs, personnel record keeping, unemployment claims and employee relations, training, and HRIS for the operating location
  • Participate in the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Labor Relations projects and processes at a Mill division level.
  • Coordinate affirmative action programs including implementing and providing training to management regarding AAP goals
  • Develop recruiting strategies for hourly and salaried positions in partnership with local operations teams. Coordinates and fully participates in the Mill division recruiting and selection projects and processes.  Manages adherence and tracking of personnel to plan.
  • Partners with leadership to identify and determine management development needs
  • Partners with leadership on succession and workforce planning efforts
  • Participate on various project teams, which may include local, divisional, and corporate teams
  • Contributing member of Mill HR leadership team. 
  • Must be able provide feedback from the employee’s and company’s perspective.
  • Needs to be open and candid with feedback. 
  • Attend and periodically lead business related meetings
  • Active partner for Mill division projects and processes to promote, retain, recruit, and attract “A” players at all levels in the organization. Responsible for the consistent application of all recruiting and onboarding tools.
  • Up to 25% travel
  • Other duties as assigned.

The above job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.



  • External candidates must have a minimum of five (5) to ten (10) years’ experience managing Human Resources in a unionized manufacturing environment
  • Experience managing multiple labor related activities such as grievance process, arbitrations, contract negotiation preparation to include contingency planning, participating in the negotiation process
  • Experience managing multiple human resources generalist disciplines at all levels from production to professional level employees
  • Multi-site experience preferred
  • Prior experience supervising direct reports
  • Mill experience preferred


  • Four-year Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in Human Resources, Masters preferred, in related field or eight (8) years of compensatory closely related work experience required in lieu of degree
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Labor Relations and NLRB regulations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state employment laws and other government compliance regulations


  • Ability to be responsive and persuasive at all levels of the organization
  • High level of organizational and learning agility
  • Effective interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Ability to coach employees and management through complex issues and make recommendations that are consistent with policies, procedures and regulatory law
  • Sense of urgency and ability to set and manage priorities
  • Ability to maintain composure during emergency situations
  • Effective project management skills


  • General schedule is an 8-hour M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends and be punctual while doing so.
  • Occasional overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.


  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional Lifting up to 20 lbs.
  • Reading computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment.


  • Integrity & Trust
  • Action Oriented
  • Managerial Courage
  • Sizing up People

Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International (NYSE: GPK), we produce the box you may have poured your child's cereal from this morning, the microwaveable tray that heated your lunch, the paper cup that held your coffee throughout the day, and the carrier of those bottles of craft beer you may enjoy tonight! We're one of the largest manufacturers of paperboard and paper-based packaging for some of the world's most recognized brands of food, beverage, foodservice, household, personal care and pet care products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are a team of collaborative, innovative, passionate individuals who are committed to providing consumer packaging that makes a world of difference.

With almost 18,000 employees working in more than 70 locations in North and South America, Europe and the Pacific Rim, we strive to be an environmentally responsible leader in our industry and in the communities where we operate. We are committed to workplace diversity and offer compensation and benefits programs that are among the industry's best to reward the talented people who make our company successful.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, we'd love to hear from you. Learn more about us at www.graphicpkg.com.

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Graphic Packaging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications for the job in question. We do not base our employment decision on an employee's or applicant's race, color, religion, age, gender or sex (including pregnancy), national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic identity, genetic information, disability, veteran/military status or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Click here to view the EEO is the Law Poster.

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