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Title:  Human Resources Manager

Requisition ID:  17094-159

Solon, OH, US, 44139

Category:  Human Resources
Travel:  No Travel Required

The Solon, OH plant has an immediate need for a qualified Human Resources Manager. The Solon plant is a part of the Consumer Products Division producing sheet fed/specialty cartons. The site has approximately 185 employees, 155 of which are hourly and covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the United Steelworkers Union. Solon has been voted as one of the best places to live in the United States with the biggest draw geared towards the excellent school systems.

This position has one direct report. The candidate for this position must be a “change agent” who maintains a constant pulse of the workplace and employee satisfaction. It functions as a business partner to the site leadership team supporting the operational objectives of site.  This position reports to the Plant Manager with a dotted line to the Regional Director of Human Resources for the Midwest Region.

Position Purpose:

Develop, promote and implement innovative HR solutions to meet business needs and increase organizational efficiency. Responsible for providing direction and assistance with employment, salary administration, payroll, benefits, performance management, employee relations, labor relations, culture development, employment law, and workforce planning.

Employee/Labor Relations:

A key responsibility requiring sound advice and counsel to hourly and salary employees. Ensures a positive, productive employment environment, free of discrimination and inconsistencies. Monitors and provides feedback regarding policies, procedures and programs and propose improvements as necessary. Serve as liaison for voicing employee concerns:

  • Coaches employees, supervisors and colleagues assisting them in problem resolution and to improve performance. Coach, advise and recommend corrective actions
  • Handles all labor relations responsibilities i.e. labor/management committee, grievances, arbitrations, contingency planning, negotiations, etc.
  • 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 Code of Business Ethics, Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, and other related HR Policies
  • 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.
  • Draft responses to hotline complaints, NLRB charges and EEOC charges
  • Interface with union reps on grievances and other issues to promote consistency in contract interpretation and positive labor management relations
  • Interpret and apply the language of the collective bargaining agreement to reach resolution and correct application on contractual issues affecting employee discipline

Staffing and Recruitment:

  • Manages the process for full-time and temporary staff utilized in our facility.
  • Has oversight and involvement in all hourly hiring practices. Administers the hiring process for all employee groups. Supports salaried hiring process
  • Administers intern program
  • Partners with the training team to support the on-boarding process and integration of employees Represent facility in unemployment claim process
  • Monitor and report turnover statistics
  • Maintains all AAP documentation and annual goals
  • Updates and maintains an effective workforce analysis and plan for addressing gaps
  • Represent facility in unemployment claims process.
  • Tracks and reports on headcount monthly for all departments.

Other Duties: 

  • Manages the Performance Management system
  • Oversees the Payroll and Benefits functions
  • Assists in development or re-engineering of innovative processes and systems (Reward & Recognition, attendance, and other people programs)
  • Provides reports and support to Site Leadership team on HR KPI’s a regular basis or as needed
  • Ensures compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to Employment Law
  • Complies with and drives compliance with all HR, FML, LOA, and safety practices
  • Initiate actions within the HRIS and manages employee files
  • Directly manages all contractual issues including execution of the contract, etc.
  • Responsible for recruitment and retention strategies
  • Directly involved in responsibilities /actions related to Food Safety Programs (SQF)
  • 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

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field from accredited college/university is required
  • 7 years of progressive HR Experience in a manufacturing environment dealing with unions is required
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, or SHRM-CP certification is strongly preferred
  • Operational experience to enhance user / trainer interface, employee relations, and culture
  • Five years problem solving, project management, supervision, and technical writing experience
  • Computer Skills: SAP, MS Office, Success factors and database programs
  • 7 years’ experience working in a union facility handling grievances, arbitrations, negotiations, and 3rd party charges


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

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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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