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HR Generalist

Date: Nov 21, 2020


Company: James Hardie




Smart, Driven, Real

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The Human Resources (HR) Generalist partners with the Human Resource Manager to develop employee capabilities and improve performance of business operations within the Manufacturing Function.  This will include the facilitation and implementation of key HR strategies and client specific initiatives to recruit, retain and develop the workforce located in our Tacoma Plants. Develop and implement process improvements in the HR department’s service and support to teams, assist with day to day operations and perform various administrative duties.  Showcase you communication, employee relations expertise and organizational skills to ensure our internal clients are provided assistance, support and customer service in line with the Business strategies and Company’s missions and values.


James Hardie is the #1 brand of siding in America. We invented fiber cement, and over 8 million homes later, we continue to set the standard for premium siding and trim.  Of course, to be the best, you have to work with the best.  That’s why we invest in more than just quality products; we also invest in our people.  We take pride in our employees and it’s clear that our employees take pride in working at James Hardie too.


To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Management, or related field preferred
  • 5 or more years of generalist HR experience with exposure to organizational development and training, employee assistance, benefits administration, employee recognition, and retention programs. (in a manufacturing envirment preferred)
  • 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 while 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 develop and 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 material and information in an ethical, professional manner.



  • Participates in various company-wide workforce and Human Resources initiatives addressing areas of employee development and training programs.  (20%)
  • Implement and execute training programs for business groups, in the form of scheduling attendees, organizing training material, compiling, processing, and recording training assessment and evaluation forms.
  • Conduct New Hire Orientation to ensure that all new employees are adequately introduced and informed of all pertinent Company information, policies, procedures, and guidelines, and then accurately processing all completed paperwork, as required.
  • Assist in providing guidance and direction in use of various development tools, approaches and methods to ensure effectiveness of programs.
  • Track development progress to assist in employee development, High-Potential programs, succession planning and promotions.
    Assumes responsibility for the administration of employee retention and recognition programs. (20%)
  • Assist the HR Manager to implement effective retention strategies, including recognition, employee surveys and performance management systems.
  • Seek out and presents 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 and ensure action items are addressed and completed.
  • Assumes responsibility for establishing and maintaining effective communication, coordination, and working relations with Human Resources teams, site personnel and with management.
    Assumes responsibility for effectively recording, maintaining, and reporting employee data and human resources information.  (20%)
  • Ensure that human resources files and employment records are accurate, organized, and up-to-date, as well as filed and maintained in accordance with legal requirements, Company policies & procedures.
  • Update various reports, logs and employee database information for HR or client group organization development records.
    Assumes responsibility for HR related duties as required or assigned.  (20%)
  • Communicate HR and company policies and programs to site employees as needed.
  • Provide superior employee administrative support  by responding to employment-related inquires, coordinating with related departments,  other HR teams and client groups, as required, ensuring that all inquiries are quickly addressed and in a timely manner.
  • Assist the HR team, site management and administrative personnel with miscellaneous administrative tasks and special projects as needed.

James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Nearest Major Market: Tacoma

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