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Title:  Mgr., Human Resources III (Plant)

Requisition ID:  14808-159

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Category:  Human Resources
Travel:  No Travel Required

Graphic Packaging International has an immediate need for a Human Resources Manager in the company’s carton manufacturing plant located in Kalamazoo, MI.  This position has overall responsibilities for developing, promoting and implementing innovative HR solutions to meet business needs and increase organizational efficiency. This position is also responsible for providing direction and assistance with employment, salary administration, payroll, benefits, performance management, labor relations, employee relations, employment law and workforce planning. Specifically, this role has responsibilities in the following job functions:


Employee Relations/Labor Relations:

  • Provides advice and counsel to hourly and salary employees to maintain a positive, productive employment environment free of discrimination and inconsistencies. Monitor and provide feedback regarding policies, procedures and programs and propose improvements as necessary. Serve as liaison for voicing employee concerns.
  • Facilitate grievance process for the facility, up through the arbitration process.  Support contract negotiations and bargaining of agreements as necessary.
  • Coaches employees, supervisors and colleagues assisting them in problem resolution and to improve performance. Coach, advise and recommend corrective actions.
  • Serve as liaison between Corporate HR and plant for escalation issues.
  • Support line leaders to improve skills and effectiveness and to create an environment where each employee can fully contribute.
  • Conduct annual training on Safety/Environmental, Code of Business Ethics, Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, and other related HR Policies.
  • Draft responses to hotline complaints, NLRB charges and EEOC charges filed by employees
  • Interface with union reps on grievances and other issues
  • Proactively deal with union to drive issue to resolution based on contract language interpretation
  • Interpret and apply the language of the collective bargaining agreement to reach resolution and correct application on contractual issues affecting employee discipline.
  • Collaborate with the mill HR manager across the street on issues that affect both campuses under the same collective bargaining agreement
  • Act as change agent to implement strategies that drive culture changes in a complex environment
  • Coach plant manager on best practices affecting employee morale and engagement
  • Identify and address issues arising that require training and direction to the plant senior leadership team

Staffing and Recruitment:

  • Manages the process for temporary staff utilized in the plant. Acts as the company liaison with the staffing agency.
  • Has oversight and involvement in all hiring practices. Administers the hiring process for all employee groups.
  • Partners with the training team to support the on-boarding process and integration of employees.
  • Represent facility in unemployment claims process.
  • Tracks and reports on headcount monthly for all departments.


Other Duties: 

  • Reports on Safety incidents, metrics and manages workers’ compensation claims.
  • Manages the plant Performance Management process via Success factors system.
  • Oversees the Payroll and Benefits functions for the facility.
  • Assists in development or re-engineering of innovative processes and systems (Reward & Recognition, attendance, and other people programs).
  • Resolve complex employee relations issues
  • Provides reports to Site Leadership team on a regular basis or as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to Employment Law.
  • Complies with and drives compliance with all HR and safety practices.
  • Initiate actions within the HRIS and manages employee files.
  • Responsible for recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Handles data requests from Corporate and regional HR on plant metrics as needed
  • Directly involved in responsibilities /actions related to Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs.
  • Shares an obligation to protect and strengthen Graphic Packaging International’s good reputation in our relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, competitors, investors, and governmental agencies, and to act consistently with our core values: Integrity, Respect, Accountability, Relationships, and Teamwork.

Required Skills

Required Skills:

  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to drive issues to closure and resolution quickly and effectively
  • Ability to solve complex employee relations issues and conduct investigations to reach a conclusion based on credibility assessments
  • Five years problem solving, project management, supervision, and writing experience.
  • Computer Skills: SAP, MS Office, and database programs
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum of 12 years of HR Experience in a plant manufacturing setting is required.
  • 8 years of prior union facing experience in a union facility is required
  • Ability to drive issues to closure and resolution quickly and effectively
  • SPHR is strongly preferred
  • Minimal travel
  • Prior management of HR function including managing and developing direct reports is required

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.

Inspired Packaging. A World of Difference.

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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