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Plant HR Manager

Date: May 11, 2019

Location: Reno, NV, US

Company: James Hardie





Position Title

Human Resources Manager – Reno, NV


Human Resources

FLSA Status


Position Summary

James Hardie Building Products is currently looking for a Human Resources Manager to lead our Reno, NV manufacturing facility.  Initially, the HR Manager will be responsible for partnering with our Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence to design a staffing strategy and approach, and to execute on that plan.  The HR Manager also leads change and improvement in bottom-line results and implements corporate organizational initiatives and programs with a high degree of efficiency and accuracy.  As a member of the Plant Human Resources Team, the Human Resources Manager reports to the Director of Human Resources.


Position Responsibilities

  • Partners with Talent Acquisition Center of Excellence and Plant Manager to design the recruitment strategy, maintain staffing documents, interview candidates, and onboard new hires;
  • Establishes rapport and acts as a business partner with plant management on all issues affecting plant operations;
  • Partners with the Plant Manager and EH&S to champion our Zero Harm safety program focusing on safe people, safe places, and safe systems;
  • Leads and develops the plant HR team, including strategic workforce planning, budget management, performance management, and all other duties associated with functional leadership while leveraging the Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Total Rewards Centers of Excellence as needed;
  • Partners with the plant management team to develop and communicate the Plant’s strategic plan, culture, and goals;
  • Leads the plant management team on HR processes including workforce planning, annual reviews, performance/succession planning, compensation administration, organizational change and effectiveness, implementation of process improvement initiatives, and local staffing/pipeline development;
  • Partners with employees at all levels in the manufacturing plant to provide expertise and counseling for all people issues;
  • Manages and carries out the plant’s employee relations programs, policies and procedures, and oversees all personnel activity within the plant;
  • Shares employee engagement results with managers to identify process improvements to increase retention and engagement while maintaining positive employee relations;
  • Oversees hourly plant-based training for new employees and ensures training is completed on time and results in certification;
  • Oversees communication regarding wellness initiatives, benefits, compensation, employee referral program, EAP programs, etc.;
  • Ensures compliance with EEO and ADA guidelines while establishing a positive employee relations environment
  • Stays informed on employment law concepts, practices, and procedures; and
  • Ensures employees’ needs are being met, designing policies and procedures to keep employees gainfully employed while continuing to execute business strategy.


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.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Experience leading or supporting high volume, full-cycle staffing for hourly employees
  • Self-motivated, drives for results
  • Demonstrated success translating business strategies into organizational and HR strategies and actions
  • Proven ability to lead and manage teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence across multiple levels and functions and various group sizes
  • Comfortable working in ambiguous business situations
  • Experience with most or all of the core aspects of human resource management – e.g., staffing, employee relations, performance management, leadership development, training, retention and engagement
  • Expertise in providing insightful HR consultation to leaders and employees
  • Ability to objectively coach, influence, and mentor employees and management through complex or difficult issues
  • Courage to make tough decisions and deliver difficult messages with professionalism and poise
  • Proven ability to make 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 Microsoft Office applications




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, or a related field
  • 8+ years of progressive Human Resources experience with a minimum of 5 years of generalist experience in a manufacturing setting
  • 3+ years of experience managing people
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience providing coaching and counsel to functional leader, i.e., plant management team
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time



  • MBA or Master’s degree in Human Resources, Business, or a related field
  • Experience working with Centers of Excellence to collaborate and execute on projects and initiatives
  • Experience leading or supporting a plant start-up including full-cycle staffing for hourly employees
  • Experience with process improvement approaches – e.g., Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, etc.



Nearest Major Market: Reno
Nearest Secondary Market: Tahoe

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