Indiana Packers Corporation
  • Human Resources
  • Owensboro, KY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

401K, Medical, Life, Vision and Dental Insurance. Paid Time Off, Food Discounts


Labor and Employee Relations Manager - Specialty Foods Group LLC, Owensboro, KY

About Us:

Specialty Foods Group LLC a division of Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC) is a fully integrated retail, foodservice and private label producer processed meats based in Owensboro, KY. Since the start of operations in 1914, we have experienced rapid growth from a single pork processing company into a multi-plant diversified producer of fresh and processed meats, with locations throughout America's Heartland and revenues of approximately $1.5B. We are best known for our national brand Kentucky Legend (the best-selling boneless ham brand in the United States) as well as several well-known regional brands, including Indiana Kitchen, Fischer's, Field, Mickelberry's, Kentuckian Gold, and Scott Pete. We now have processing facilities in Frankfort, Indiana; Holland, Michigan; and Delphi, Indiana.

We value diversity, innovation, collaboration and those passionate about their jobs. We support our associates by offering a total rewards package, including competitive pay, three different medical care plans (two with company-funded health savings accounts), pharmacy, dental, and vision plans, a retirement/401K (with 50% match on team members' contributions), a competitive paid time off program, educational assistance, and numerous advancement opportunities. With more than 3,100 team members located across 14 different states, we are a big company with a small company culture.

Our team helps feed the world! Are you ready to step up to the challenge of launching your career with us?

Position Summary: Responsible for the employee & labor relations; provides support to the HR department.

Core Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Advises management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues.
  • Union contract negotiation and enforcement
  • Manages the grievance procedure to include investigation, compliance with the current collective bargaining agreement, third step meetings, and assistance with preparing for mediation.
  • Prepares written correspondence related to the grievance process.
  • Conducts interviews with prospective candidates to fill vacant positions.
  • Processes employment applications and assists in other employment activities in accordance with the Company's Affirmative Action Plan to include, applicant flow log, new hire log, termination log, promotion log and transfer log. Also tracks PAT (personnel activity table) report monthly.
  • Approves any exceptions with the job posting process by coordinating with the HR Generalist.
  • Participates in the onboarding of employees to foster positive attitude toward company goals.
  • Manages the temporary workforce through communication with supervisors on their needs as well as coordination with the temporary agency.
  • Manages the daily and weekend overtime volunteer list, assigns the volunteers by communicating to the supervisors & superintendents who is available to work by seniority.
  • Reports the monthly manning information for union & non-union.
  • Assist the Human Resources Director in the development and implementation human resources programs and policies / guidelines.
  • Coordinates plant training for various HR topics, assist the EHS Manager as needed with training.
  • Evaluation of current processes and procedures related to job responsibilities. Make changes and recommendations to improve upon these processes to ensure checks and balances are in place.
  • Administers the company's tuition reimbursement plan for both union and non-union.
  • Communicates and tracks when performance evaluations are due.
  • Responds to inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and programs.
  • Prepares employee separation notices and related documentation, and conducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position directly supervises the HR Generalist; Works with entire HR team to build a well-rounded department; Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws; Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Qualifications:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or related disciplines with a minimum of 5-7 years' related experience OR a combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Proven ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing changes in work tasks or the work environment, adjusting effectively to work within new work structures and processes, requirements, or cultures
  • Ability to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals by developing and cultivating long-term collaborative work relationships
  • Must have previous Labor contract negotiation experience.
  • Proven ability to build networks to obtain cooperation and build alliances
  • Proven success completing projects, assignments, tasks, business strategies, or goals; setting high standards of performance for self and others
  • Experience successfully demonstrating initiative to improve existing conditions and processes
  • Experience using appropriate methods to identify opportunities, implement solutions, and measure impact
  • Experience taking charge and initiating actions, directing the activities of individuals and groups toward the accomplishment of meaningful goals, adapting leadership strategy to different situations
  • Experience hiring and evaluating employees, providing performance feedback, and facilitating professional growth
  • Experience successfully creating an environment in which subordinates are rewarded for accomplishment

Language Skills:

  • Excellent written, verbal and listening communication skills, including, but not limited to:
  • Ability to use appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to work effectively with employees, peers, leaders, and business partners to meet mutual goals
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of:

  • Time keeping and HRIS software (Kronos experience Preferred)
  • Achieve and maintain an expected level of technical and business skill or knowledge in position related areas
  • Must be fully computer literate with intermediate to advanced level computer skills in the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook);

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: PHR / SPHR certification (Preferred)

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and color vision.

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

EOE including disability and Veterans

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