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Senior Manager, Human Resources, FA, HP, Legal & Global Mobility Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Human Resources
Posting Date:  Nov 5, 2021

Situation in Organization


The Senior Human Resources Manager reports to the Senior Director, HRBPs and manages a team of 5 HR professionals, including 2 direct reports and 1 being matrixed report (HR managers).


Job Dimensions

  • This position directs and monitors the HR strategy and implementation, as well as all aspects of the human resources function for 2 Business Units (Functional Additives and Hydrogen Peroxides) in the US as well as for Canada and Mexico (a large portion of activities being related to these 2 Business Units).
  • This position drives all HR operations for the Functional Additives BU in the US.
  • This position is also responsible for managing all aspects of the human resources function for Corporate Legal department.
  • Functional Additives US:
    • King of Prussia business office: 35 employees
    • 3 plants in the US: Crosby, Geneseo, Virginia: 100 employees
  • Hydrogen Peroxides US:
    • King of Prussia business office: 25+ employees
    • 2 plants in the US: 95 employees
  • Canada:
    • Commercial office: 8 employees
    • 1 plant in Canada: 61 employees (Hydrogen Peroxides)
  • Mexico:
    • 1 office: 6 employees
    • 2 plants: Matamoros, Coatza: 99 employees (Functional Additives)
  • Corporate Legal Function:
    • 30 employees
  • This position plans and monitors operations related to global mobility in and outside of the US for optimal experience of selected employees.
  • The position requires an experienced HR professional well versed in all aspects of human resources including organizational development, workforce and succession planning, talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, and employment law. Experience working with other cultures is highly valuable in this role.
  • The role requires analytical ability as well as full capability to successfully negotiate to a positive outcome, mediate between differences of opinion, make sound, fair judgments in support of business objectives and provide trusted counsel to the leadership team.
  • The position requires building and maintaining strong working relationships with BU leadership and HR leadership.


Key Activities and Responsibilities


Direct and monitor HR strategy and implementation for 2 Business Units (Functional Additives, Hydrogen Peroxides), Canada and Mexico and 1 function, Corporate Legal (35%)

  • Establishes personal credibility, build and maintain strong partnerships with the leadership teams and team members.
  • Advise and coach leaders as needed
  • Develop a solid understanding of local HR practices, processes and systems, compliance regulations
  • Develop a solid understanding of business short and longer term goals and roadmap
  • Align HR strategy to business strategic short and longer term goals, define and evolve the HR roadmap
  • Manage own HR team: set goals, monitor performance, ensure continuous development, coach and grow the team
  • Monitor HR practices to ensure compliance, quality, timeliness and -where it makes sense- drive alignment of with the US, Americas and Global HR practices, systems, processes
  • Resolve escalated issues and topics by own HR team


Directly manage HR operations for the Functional Additives and for the Legal function (40%)

  • Establishes personal credibility and build and maintain strong partnerships at multiple levels.
  • Works as business partner for Functional Additives related initiatives.
  • Operates as part of their Americas Leadership Team and ensure all HR topics and initiatives are discussed and represented there.
  • Provides guidance for talent review and all organizational planning/evolution within the business as well as in the areas of change management, compensation, performance and talent management, talent planning, employee relations, organizational effectiveness and leadership development.
  • Serves as the key contact point and coach for clients and HR team on HR issues.
  • Leads and ensure smooth execution of HR practices, core processes and initiatives within client groups: Performance Management Process, Talent Review Process, Engagement Survey and follow-up action plans, Reward & Recognition program, Job (re)evaluations and other compensation-related practices, Talent acquisition, onboarding, development, departure.
  • Develops both individual and organizational capacity to achieve business goals.
  • Initiates actions or projects for greater/cost effective workforce planning and management, succession planning and employee engagement within client groups
  • Ensure awareness and compliance with HR policies within client group. 
  • Provide counsel to leaders and direct HR Team members on managing employee relations issues, including, but not limited to: corrective action, conflict resolution, harassment issues, etc., utilizing Legal resource(s), when appropriate, to investigate and resolve issues in a prompt and fair manner, minimizing legal risk to Arkema and individual leaders. Partners self and HR team closely with other HR leadership/teams and HR COEs (Centers Of Excellence) for proper process and delivery.


Plan and monitor operations related to global mobility in and outside of the US (15%)

  • Plan upcoming global mobility assignments, in coordination with Corporate Expatriation Leader, Corporate Talent Management and BU leaders
  • Orchestrate work done by Manager HR & Compensation (operations related to global mobility) and liaise with Sr Manager Compensation (management of services and topics linked to tax provider, bonus and equity issues)
  • Ensure expatriates, secondees and localized employees experience is smooth throughout the global mobility cycle inclusive of return in home country.


HR Corporate Team objectives and accountabilities, including (10%):

  • Responsible for personal and team credibility with broader HR corporate team, including building and maintaining strong partnerships with HR functional leads and BPOs to align on key employees actions.
  • Leads or contributes to special/cross-functional projects, inside and outside of the HR function, on an as needed basis
  • Drive growth and HR organizational activities, such as merger/acquisitions and integrations, as required.
  • Drive continuous improvement of HR practices.
  • Develop and network own HR team so they are fully part of and contributing to the US/Americas HR community
  • Direct assist with or delegate and monitor completion of employee investigations and representation of the company at hearing and investigations with Corporate Legal guidance.
  • Regularly review reports and analyze statistical data on all aspects of employment activity to identify trends, possible issues and related causes. Develop and recommend solutions and improvements as needed in employment policies, processes, and practices.
  • Ensures BU HR team records information and maintains analytics and records on recruiting, interviews, hires, transfers, promotions, terminations and performance reviews.


Key accountabilities in this role include:

  • Develops and maintains successful, productive relationships with client group and HR team. Enlist advocacy and support from key Stakeholders by timely and qualitative communications and change management.
  • Defines and evolve human resources strategy/process/programs in line with the client group’s strategies and goals.
  • Ensures qualitative and cost effective HR operations and workforce management
  • Implements effectively HR initiatives and processes within client groups (PMP, TR, etc.)
  • Manage, develop and grow own HR team. Ensure they are an integral part and take ownership in the US/Americas HR community and beyond
  • Ensure proactive and qualitative planning and operations as relate to international mobility assignments
  • Lead and deliver on successful regional initiatives, whether client specific or HR specific
  • Fosters an environment that encourages and rewards continuous individual growth and delivery of results.
  • Provides support to leadership teams of client group through advice, coaching, and development.
  • Contributes to the continuous improvements of HR practices, processes and data management.
  • Implement the organizations diversity initiatives and strategy to attract, hire, and maintain a diverse workplace


Context and Environment

  • Based in King of Prussia, PA. 
  • Some travel – regionally and possibly internationally, is to be expected (30% or less).
  •  Arkema is a highly matrix environment where the ability to build collaboration and enlist support/advocacy is critical in this role.
  • Leadership skills and project management skills are needed, as well as the ability to function at a strategic level but also implement initiatives successfully. Organizational/planning skills are critical for this role. Composure, ability to build rapport and trust, good judgment and analytical skills are also needed to be effective in the role. A sense of urgency and a proactive approach to addressing HR issues is expected
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications /Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) is required; Masters’ Degree is a plus.
  • 10+ years of experience working as a generalist in the Human Resources field, including
    • 5+ years in a HR Manager/Leader role for a Business/Function in a global organization.
    • 3+ years of experience managing and developing staff
    • Project management and leadership experience
    • Experience with analytics/KPIs and Metrics
    • Experience in the manufacturing industry is preferred.  Union experience a plus. 
    • 2-year experience in talent management and/or training is preferred
    • Experience or exposure in dealing/working with other cultures.
  • Track record of success in the implementation of HR solutions.
  • Experience with key HR processes and systems is needed; knowledge of SAP and SuccessFactors is  preferred.


Demonstrated Competencies

  • Must be a strategic and results-oriented leader, have a strong business orientation and be able to react quickly and effectively to changing situations.
  • Effective at influencing and coaching at many levels, including executives and managers.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong consultative relationships with business executives and be a valued, collaborative team member in an HR organization
  • Broad knowledge and experience in HR practices, policies, laws and regulations.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong functional knowledge of human resources management (recruitment/employment, employee relations, compensation, performance management, training, employee development).
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with complexity, ambiguity and matrixed relationship/environment; must be able to identify, build/maintain relationship with and manage key stakeholders to enlist support and advocacy
  • Demonstrated analytical skills with ability to summarize and explain metrics/data.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a part of a diverse team
  • Effective written and verbal communicator, in both one-to-one and group discussions
  • Ability to perform a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure.
  • Ability to read legal and financial documents, references in case law investigation, labor contracts, labor laws and rules and federal laws.
  • Ability to coach and mentor HR team members and professionals.




Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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