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Title:  Senior Human Resources Manager

Requisition ID:  17312-159

Kalamazoo, MI, US, 49007

Category:  Human Resources
Travel:  Up to 25%


The Senior Human Resources Manager is expected to be a key business partner with the facility manager and the supervising staff in managing the business. They will provide coaching, consulting, support, policy interpretation and application to include matters relating to the site’s labor relations. The position is responsible for insuring management’s consistent execution of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, adherence to labor regulations, and company policies. The Senior Human Resources Manager leads culture initiatives that include employee communications, health & wellness, community involvement, reward & recognition, performance management and a variety of other activities. 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 direct reports
  • Oversee and manage the career development planning and execution for all top performing employees in the facility.
  • Oversee and manage the career development planning and execution for MDP and AIP employees.
  • 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
  • Manages the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Labor Relations including contract administration responsibilities: Partnering with the Labor Relations team to negotiate the sites’ Collective Bargaining Agreements; facilitating a partnership with the local Union Committee and local Business Agent. Administration and coordination of the grievance process.
  • Manage affirmative action programs including implementing and providing training to management regarding AAP goals
  • Develop recruiting strategies for hourly and salaried positions. Coordinates and fully participates in the recruiting and selection process.  Manages adherence and tracking of personnel to plan.
  • Partners with leadership to identify and determine management development needs
  • Manages and coordinates site succession and workforce planning efforts
  • Lead and/or participate on various project teams, which may include local, divisional, and corporate teams
  • Partner with Maintenance Manager to Manage Apprenticeship Program
  • Contributing member of mill leadership team.  Must be able provide feedback from the employee’s and company’s perspective. Needs to be open and candid with feedback. 
  • Attend daily production meeting
  • Attend and periodically lead business related meetings
  • Promote, retain, recruit, and attract “A” players at all levels in the organization. Responsible for the consistent application of all recruiting and onboarding tools.
  • Perform weekend duty responsibilities.
  • Administer Payroll (Workbrain) and Attendance Tracking in absence of HR Coordinator
  • Up to 25% travel
  • Other duties as assigned


  • External candidates must have a minimum of seven (7) 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
  • Prior experience supervising direct reports
  • Mill experience preferred


  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Masters preferred, in related field or 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.



  • General schedule is day shift M-F assignment, however, employee must be willing to work alternate schedules occasionally; that may include early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.
  • Limited overnight travel to include flying, driving, riding or by rail.
  • Must be able to respond to issues on all shifts.



  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time up to 8-hours.
  • Occasional lifting up to 10 pounds – office supplies, binders
  • Reading of computer screen or other electronic devices.
  • Use of various office hand and electrical tools or equipment such as staplers and paper punch.
  • Ability to be out on the mill production areas.

Required Experience

At Graphic Packaging International, we produce the paper cup that held your coffee this morning, the basket that transported those bottles of craft beer you enjoyed last weekend, and the microwave tray that heated your gourmet meal last night. 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 products. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are collaborative, diverse, innovative individuals who create inspired packaging while giving back to our communities. With over 25,000 employees working in more than 130 locations worldwide, we strive to be environmentally responsible 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

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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 Poster, EEO is the Law.

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