HR Manager/Business Partner
The Bradford Group - Niles, IL

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We are seeking a highly-motivated, experienced HR professional/generalist with a passion for and expertise in Employee Relations to join our Human Resources team! This individual will be our Employee Relations lead, working closely with our HR team, managers in the businesses, and employees, with situations requiring in-depth time and attention to help improve organizational performance, as well as communications between managers and employees. This person will also coordinate, organize and drive all organizational training and development programs with an outside professional training group, including but not limited to various management/leadership development programs. There is also an opportunity to personally work with managers to deliver/facilitate various in-house training, including team-building, business process improvement/business brainstorm sessions, etc., and help each business “own” solutions to move forward. By partnering with our businesses to identify specific training opportunities, the HR Manager will help grow and develop future leaders within our business, as well as increase the skills of our employees company-wide. As an HR generalist, this individual will also work closely with the HR team to assist with developing organizational career-pathing, development and roll-out of new organizational competencies and other HR initiatives.

Job Summary:
  • Serve as our HR Employee Relations “go-to” person for matters requiring focused time, attention and follow-up to achieve strengthened communications between managers and employees; increase organizational performance by helping managers with performance appraisals and establishing realistic and specific goals; assist managers with any disciplinary issues, including documentation from beginning though resolution; and handling any unemployment matters/hearings and EEOC claims.
  • Work closely with the Director of Human Resources to plan corporate training and development needs/programs and then work with outside firm to deliver training to our employees as an extension of our team. This individual will be the internal driver/coordinator to organize and contact attendees to arrange dates and times for each training session and employee ensure all notifications/communications are sent out professionally and in a timely manner.
  • Promote and advance corporate momentum and enthusiasm to embrace training and development opportunities from expressed interests of the businesses, and generate continued interest with our interactive training and development initiatives, both corporate-wide and with individual teams.
  • As needed, develop, write, and assemble/coordinate interactive training programs, for our various businesses by working with individual teams to assess specific business and team needs. The training and development process includes everything from business needs analysis, development of content, creation of training materials (icebreakers, role-playing scenarios, and all visuals, PowerPoints, hand-outs, etc.) and post-program evaluation. Develop (or work with outside firm) a means of measuring the effectiveness of the training and development programs through participant surveys, etc.
  • Assist recruiting team with leading new hire orientations and the on-boarding of new employees, as needed.

(Please ONLY APPLY if you have experience both as a HR Generalist, and have specifically worked with Employee Relations and EEOC laws and compliance)
  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field (Human Resources, Organizational Development, etc.).
  • 5-7 years of previous Human Resources generalist experience, including a focus and expertise in Employee Relations is required. A HR Generalist will also have had exposure to other HR functional areas (training, compensation, performance management, employee benefits, recruiting and retention, etc.).
  • 3-4 years experience in a fast-paced, “competitive,” professional, corporate environment working with and enhancing employee relations is required.
  • A solid track record of conflict resolution and proven employee relations expertise required.
  • Experience with the development of dynamic, interactive adult learning programs is important.
  • Pro-active, passionate self-starter with a high degree of energy and professionalism is required.
  • Proven ability to motivate people and establish trust among management and employees.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills required.
  • Solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Ability to garner support for initiatives by gaining the respect of others and inspiring trust and confidence required.
  • Exceptional listening skills with the ability to facilitate group discussions with moderate and large groups, and make recommendations based on feedback/observations to VPs and General Managers surrounding further development is required.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills are necessary.
  • Must be available to travel to our office locations in Jacksonville, FL, Fairfield, OH, London, Ontario, and New York, NY, as needed. Travel is limited.
  • PHR/SPHR is desirable; Training and Development certification is desirable; Masters Degree in HR or Organizational Development a plus, but not necessary.

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