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Employee Relations Partner

Loves Park, IL 61111

Posted: 09/25/2023 Employment Type: Permanent Industry: A -Professional Job Number: R 87982397 Pay Rate: $90000 / year

Job Description

WHAT YOU WILL DOThe Employee Relations Partner will plan, develop, and implement initiatives to drive positive workforce engagement across Operations in both our Manufacturing and Distribution Center locations. This position will advise, partner and guide people leaders and supervisors to develop positive employee engagement capability and leadership skills within their teams. This position will design and lead initiatives to engage and enhance the capability of our front-line teams at the Plant and the Distribution Center. This position is a key leader in developing front line leaders who live our values and make us a Sweet Place to Work.  Additional responsibilities include: 
  • Provide Employee Relations leadership, thought partnership, and coaching for all employees and managers. Provide world-class service and ensure employees are guided to the right resources to ensure a quality and timely solution. Serve as a Human Resource liaison to the operations team.
  • Develop, recommend, and lead employee relations initiatives based on themes, engagement and other metrics. Responsible for employee relation leadership involving development, engagement, interpretation and application of company policies and procedures. 
  • Assist with the talent process, both internal and external, including recruitment, internal job transfers, orientation, evaluations, and development planning. Drive employee development through the new employee evaluation process and yearly feedback sessions in conjunction with the hiring manager/supervisor.
  • Provide data analysis and reporting solutions based on business needs, highlighting key trends in employee relations to actively drive solutions to minimize reactive work. Participate in local committees and roundtable discussions for best practice sharing and learning.
  • Lead investigations and resolution of complaints, ensure investigations are conducted and written recommendations/findings are developed in an objective, timely and thorough manner. Assist with employee disciplinary actions and terminations, working closely with the HR Lead, Supervisors and management through the process.
  • Provide timely communication to management regarding new initiatives and policies, including relevant regulatory updates. Work closely with management to monitor and communicate employment related issues, employee relations issues and past practices.  
  • Bachelor’s degree or 3-5 years of experience in a manufacturing/distribution environment, employee relations, employment law, or human resources related field.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office.
  • Working knowledge/experience of a HRIS System.
  • Proven track record developing empowered and autonomous front line teams.
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, statutes that govern employment policies and practices. 
  • Thorough understanding and application of internal and external HR principles, concepts, practices and standards.
  • Proven track record developing teams and front-line leaders.
  • Experience rolling out change management processes.
  • Experience rolling out TPM/Lean or similar Continuous Improvement efforts.
Please apply directly to the Employee Relations Partner role or contact Rachel with any questions at or 815-997-1417.

Meet Your Recruiter

Rachel Thomann
VP, FurstProfessionals

Year Started: 2011

I wanted to be a physical therapist when I grew up.


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