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Human Resources Manager Job


Torrance, CA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Human Resources
Posting Date:  Sep 18, 2021

The Human Resources Manager reports directly to the Senior HR Manager, Acrylics US, Coatex US, ACR Torrance.  Also reports to a Bostik Human Resources matrix manager.


Job dimensions


This position leads the HR strategy and implementation for the Torrance site and the Bostik Temecula site.  The position leads the implementation of and provides support for plant initiatives decided upon by the business leaders and manufacturing leaders associated with the manufacturing facilities, as they pertain to HR.  This position leads change management in the facilities.  The position requires an experienced HR professional well versed in all aspects of human resources including change management, employee relations, talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, succession planning, workforce planning and development and employment law.  Experience with and/or capacity to become highly proficient in change management implementation, as well as, succession planning and organizational development/management are vital for this role.


  • The role requires 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 Manufacturing Director, Plant/Site Leader, Manufacturing HR Director, BU leadership and other site leadership teams.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all AIMS HESQ policies & practices (ISO 9001, 14001, & 18001) are followed by all personnel.  This includes compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, (OSHA, EPA, TCEQ regulations and permits) quality systems, and safe work permit practices.


Most importantly, the position requires that the individual be seen as a valued, contributing, and collaborative member and teammate within his/her client groups as well as within the Arkema Inc. HR&C community and must be able to build strong working relationships with his/her peers in the BU as well as within the Corporate HR&C Function.  The successful candidate will establish their presence in the respective sites even when absent through their relationship building skills and client centric service.


Key Activities and responsibilities


HR Business Partner for Client Groups (50%)

  • Establish personal credibility as well as build and maintain strong partnerships with the global Business Unit leadership team, management leadership teams at each site, Corporate HR&C team.
  • Be an active member of the Plant Leadership Teams and ensure all HR topics and initiatives are discussed and represented there. 
  • Partner to define HR strategy for plant level, ensuring alignment of key HR initiatives in the Americas.
  • Develop and maintain human resources programs and procedures linked to client groups’ strategies
  • Lead talent acquisition, on-boarding, development, hiring, promotion and departure processes with assigned client groups as follows:
    • For plant site:  Direct management/execution of recruitment, on-boarding, development, promotion and and exits of employees:
  • Partner with leadership teams to develop and implement actions or projects for greater/cost effective workforce planning and management, including organizational development, succession planning as well as employee development and engagement
  • Maintain and communicate HR metrics to client groups, including talent acquisition, turnover, promotions, transfers, terminations and performance appraisals
  • Partner with client groups to facilitate change effectively by understanding the business need(s) for change, its impact on people and then work with leaders to develop a plan to introduce and drive the necessary changes
  • Foster an environment that encourages and rewards continuous individual growth and delivery of results


Drive and implement Core HR Processes - Plant (30%)

  • Partner with HR leadership, HR Business Partners and HR COEs (Centers Of Excellence) to put in place proper process and delivery of all Core HR processes.
    • For plant sites - Coordinate the administration of the H&W/FMLA/STD/Workers Comp benefits of union members and non-union employees alike.  Act as liaison between employees for the H&W fund, the company’s third party STD/LTD administrator and corporate HR.
  • Implement HR programs, policies, practices and tools locally, including the Performance Management Process, Talent Review Process, Employee Safety and Engagement Survey and follow-up action plans, Reward & Recognition program, Job (re)evaluations and other compensation-related practices
  • Lead, co-lead or contribute to special projects inside and outside of the HR&C function, on an as needed basis, to continuously improve HR practices, processes and data management
  • Assess, monitor and address employee questions and concerns and refer to appropriate company internal and external resources for support as required.
  • Ensure accuracy of employee data in HRIS (SAP) by updating information for entry of employee changes through various HR cycles.


Compliance and Employee/Labor Relations – Plant (20%)

  • Ensure awareness and compliance with HR policies within client groups
  • Address and resolve HR issues that have been escalated by the plant employees, plant management and BU management.
  • Provide counsel to leaders and managers on employee and labor 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. Partner closely with other HR leadership/teams and HR COEs (Centers Of Excellence) for proper process and delivery
  • Stay current on US regulations to ensure compliance and timely implementation of new/changes to regulations
  • Coordinate with local management video information system management as it pertains to sound HR practices.


Context and environment

  • This position requires up to 25% travel between the Torrance and Temecula sites as well as to the ACR office in Cary and KOP. 
  • Composure, ability to build rapport and trust, good judgment and analytical skills are needed to be effective in the role.  
  • A sense of urgency and a proactive approach to addressing HR issues is expected.
  • Support site HES policy and comply with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participate in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Support, promote and report all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualifications/Work experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) is required; a Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with California law required (CA certification preferred)
  • 5+ years’ of experience working as a generalist in the Human Resources field; Minimum 2 years at the management level with experience encompassing recruiting/employment, employee relations, compensation, performance management, training, employee development. 
  • Labor relations experience preferred.
  • Prior manufacturing experience preferred
  • Experience working in remote locations.
  • Experience with dealing with diverse cultures.
  • Experience and/or capacity to learn to work in matrix reporting structures.
  • Must be a strategic and results-oriented leader, have a strong business orientation and be able to react quickly and effectively to changing situations.
  • 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.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Experience with key HR processes and systems is needed; knowledge of SAP preferred.
  • Ability to read legal and financial documents, references in case law investigation, labor contracts, labor laws and rules and federal laws is a plus. Broad knowledge and experience in HR practices, policies, laws and regulations.


Demonstrated Competencies

  • Must be results-oriented, have a business orientation and be able to react quickly and effectively to changing situations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain successful client relationships and effectively function in a matrix environment
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills – ability to oscillate between details and big picture and adjust messaging and presentations to varied audiences (individual and groups)
  • 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 review and understand legal documents
  • Effective influencing and coaching skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a part of a diverse team
  • Experience successfully coaching others at employee and leadership levels
  • Proactive mindset and communications with issue resolutions
  • Analytical skills and experience with analytics/KPIs/metrics


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