Human Resources Manager

Chicago, IL, US, 60601

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Onsite from the Chicago, IL corporate headquarters


The Human Resources (HR) Manager is responsible for delivering HR business partnership, expertise, and consulting to employees at all levels for the HMOS organization.   This will include the facilitation and implementation of key HR strategies and client specific initiatives to recruit, retain and develop the employee capabilities and improve performance of business operations. In addition, the HR Manager will help develop and implement process improvements in the HR department’s service and support to teams, assist with day-to-day operations and perform various HR duties.  The incumbent will showcase their talent management expertise, employee relations skills, and communication & organizational skills to ensure our internal clients are provided leadership, support, and customer service in line with the Business strategies and Company’s missions and values.

What You’ll Do:


  • Establishes rapport and acts as a business partner on all People/HR issues affecting operations by:  (30%)

  • Partner with managers to design/develop workforce planning and recruitment strategy, maintain staffing documents, interview candidates and develop staff;
  • Collaborate with plant and staff managers to provide performance appraisal and development plan input;
  • Attend management and team meetings to understand operations, determining ways to develop staff, reviewing any employee relations issues, and sharing organizational knowledge;
  • Drive Lean manufacturing programs and standard work to support continuous improvement within HR department;
  • Review Employee Engagement Survey results to identify process improvements upon procedures to maintain positive employee relations;
  • Coordinate management training in talent management, terminations, promotions, performance management, sexual harassment, or other areas as needed
  • Assumes responsibility for the administration of employee retention and recognition programs, policies and procedures, and HR/People activity for client group by; (25%)

  • Implement effective retention strategies, including recognition, employee surveys and performance management systems
  • Seek out and present alternatives to enhance engagement and employee communications
  • Drive step change to improve communications and morale
  • Conduct focus group sessions to gain feedback on employee engagement
  • Effectively identify areas of improvement, resolve employee relations issues and ensure action items are addressed and completed
  • Communicate HR and company policies and programs as needed
  • Provide superior employee administrative support by responding to employment-related inquiries, coordinating with related departments, other HR teams and client groups, as required, ensuring all inquiries are quickly addressed in a timely manner
  • Assumes responsibility for managing special projects across the network and assisting with miscellaneous administrative tasks (25%)

  • Create and manage project plans, timelines and resources for HR initiatives, ensuring successful project delivery within agreed upon constraints
  • Develop and communicate project updates and program materials for varying levels of leadership
  • Support performance management including goal setting, and bi-annual administration of mid-year and year-end review processes, such as calibration and compensation planning
  • Assumes responsibility for developing frameworks and metrics to measure and track effectiveness of network wide initiatives, such as employee retention, engagement and development (20%)

  • Report on people data including but not limited to headcount, turnover, engagement metric, tracking and talent acquisition
  • Analyze and interpret people data to support business decisions
  • Build and use visualization to communicate insights and recommendations
  • Leverage HRIS data to assess trends, successes, and gaps


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:  


  • Proven leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence across all levels and functions.
  • Ability to work within existing policy structure to meet the needs of management and employees.
  • Proactive involvement and understanding of all level of employees and the related nuances of their working environments.
  • Expertise in providing insightful HR consultation to location leaders and employees.
  • Thorough understanding of complex business requirements.
  • Ability to objectively coach, influence, and mentor employees and management through complex or difficult issues.
  • Knack in making quick and accurate decisions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and deal with multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary programs).
  • Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Management or a related field required. Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • 3-7 years of Human Resources experience in a generalist capacity with a minimum of 3 years experience managing Employee Relations, compensation, benefits administration, training, and recruitment.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement development and training programs within a large corporate environment, with multiple stake holders and site locations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state employment law and equal employment guidelines and policies including the principles and practices of staffing administration including methods and techniques used in recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, and training.
  • Knowledge of core capabilities/competencies approach to staffing and meeting a large organization’s business needs.
  • Knowledge of and ability to learn various innovative sourcing and prescreening activities and related assessment tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the practices and principles of human resources including FMLA, ADA, worker’s compensation, safety administration, benefits, employee relations, and providing consultative services to various client groups.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software).
  • Demonstrated high level of accuracy in work with a strong attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively take action to solve problems, exhibiting sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide exceptional customer service to wide range of client groups.
  • Ability to work effectively with site and corporate HR teams, as well as all levels of employees and management.
  • Strong communication skills, and the ability to guide processes through to closure.
  • Strong results orientation and a history of driving positive change with measurable results.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work effectively under pressure and deal with multiple priorities.
  • Ability to learn various processes and policies quickly to effectively perform tasks and provide support as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information in an ethical, professional manner.


What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more



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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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