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Lenise Mitchell

Manager, Human Resources

Highland Park, NJ


Work Experience

Manager, Human Resources

Eatontown, NJ

October 2009 to November 2011

Eatontown, New Jersey  
(Acquired by Riverstone/Carlyle Global Energy and Power Funds on October 7, 2011) 
Manager, Human Resources 
Led the integration and administration of HR best practices to strengthen and effectively drive HR contributions for this multi-state independent power co-generation company. Identified, via HR audits, and remedied Federal and multi-state compliance concerns relative to DOL, FLSA, IRS, ERISA, ADA and OSHA; developed employee handbooks for both the operating and management companies and designed and implemented a management training program for plant and office management. Key member of M&A team. 
Key Achievements 
* Oversaw HR business plans and objectives and facilitated the development, communication and implementation of organizational change initiatives while building relationships with functional leaders. 
* Developed and implemented performance management processes to incorporate metrics to attain the business' financial objectives. 
* Partnered with business leaders in delivery of HR initiatives, including staffing/recruiting, on-boarding, training, talent management, succession planning and compensation strategies. 
* Collaborated with Senior Management in regards to five power plant acquisitions for the design of change processes and for change transformation to ensure operational continuity and employee engagement. 
* Managed administration of all employee benefits programs, employee relations, complaint investigations, conflict resolution and HR policy/process development as well as disciplinary actions and terminations. 
* Redesigned health and welfare benefits plans for initial annual savings of $60K. 
* Automated and optimized HR systems via an ADP web-based workforce management enterprise solution.

Director, Human Resources

Freehold, NJ

April 2004 to October 2008

Freehold, New Jersey  
(Formerly The Proformance Insurance Company -acquisition occurred on July 31, 2008) 
Director, Human Resources 
Progressive record of achievements providing policy development, training and development, benefits expense analysis, Federal and state compliance. Fully responsible for leading HR functions for 300 employees, including Legal and Medical Management teams at Riverview Professional Services. Developed the HR infrastructure, identified and resolved compliance concerns, directed policy development and implementation of HR initiatives and developed and managed training and development programs, including succession planning. Partnered and consulted with management on key business planning, monitored employee benefits expense and ensured federal and state compliance to ADA, FMLA, COBRA, EEO, FLSA and DOL while directing staff of two. Key member of M&A team. 
Palisades Property & Casualty Insurance, 
Key Achievements 
* Identified root causes, remedied, and reduced annual turnover by 50% in year one. Directed full life-cycle recruitment process, employee relations, complaint investigations, disciplinary actions and terminations. 
* Developed the training and coached managers in the following areas: Sexual Harassment, Job Description Development, Performance Management, Interview Skills, Effective Leadership Skills for Managers. 
* Led execution of annual compensation and performance management processes. 
* Evaluated and implemented process improvements to HR operating processes and supporting systems to improve efficiency, client group satisfaction and to support business leaders. 
* Implemented applicant assessment utilizing Prevail On-Line testing to determine critical job competencies, conducted background checks and on-boarded all new hires. 

Senior Manager, Human Resources

a subsidiary of THORATEC CORP
Edison, NJ

May 2001 to January 2003

Managed a broad range of HR functions while leveraging extensive knowledge of HR practices and laws for this 450 employee global FDA regulated medical device manufacturer to effectively integrate process changes post-acquisition. Directed staff of two. 
* Managed talent acquisition programs, employee relations issues including investigations, counseling, leave administration, disciplinary actions and terminations/exit interviews. Partnered with senior management by providing leadership support on strategic HR change issues to influence and drive the business. Led performance management and compensation initiatives. Developed employee handbooks and P&P manual. Deployed ADP HRIS. 
* Designed and managed benefit plans such as health/welfare, stock plans, 401K and ensured compliance with COBRA, ERISA, ADA, FMLA, EEO, FLSA, DOL, OSHA, and OFCCP. Filed Affirmative Action Plans. 
* Designed, implemented and directed global recruitment strategy and programs using cost effective sourcing methods to attract diverse, high-caliber candidates in a highly competitive industry. 
* Managed voluntary employee participation in community events; managed company/employee events.

Manager, Human Resources

Cranbury, NJ

April 2000 to May 2001

Partnered with senior management to develop the HR organization and infrastructure for this global wireless software development company through a rapid time of expansion and growth. 
* Created and managed effective recruitment/sourcing program incorporating domestic/foreign hiring and Visa applications with emphasis in the areas of executive staff, sales, tech support and software developers. 
* On-boarded new hires, created the employee handbook, designed and deployed the compensation program, wrote job descriptions, conducted salary surveys and monitored performance programs. 
* Redesigned and rolled out new health & wellness, income protection, FSA and retirement benefits package for initial annual savings of $85,000 and enhanced 401(k) retirement plan and prepared 5500's.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

College of St. Elizabeth -
Convent Station, NJ


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