Human Resources Director


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Job Title: Human Resources Director
Location: PA, Mid-Atlantic United States, USA

Company: The Wenger Group
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: Feed Nutrition
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Job Description:

Who are we:

  • We're a growing company in an essential sector - agriculture! 
  • The Wenger Group, Inc. is a leading Northeast family-owned food, agricultural products, and agricultural services organization headquartered in Pennsylvania. The Company offers animal nutrition and feeds; specialty protein production, processing, and marketing; on-farm protein production services; and grain, fertilizer, and ingredient procurement.
  • Leidy's, one of The Wenger Group brands, is a highly respected producer of premium, delicious pork products, hand crafted to meet the needs of our customers and supply chain partners. 
  • Over 850 team members now call The Wenger Group home.
  • We provide opportunities for career growth and advancement.
  • Additional information can be found at our web sites: https://www.thewengergroup.com

What will you do:

The HR Director will be a strategic partner to the leadership team of The Wenger Food Group (WFG) and the associated operating units of WFG. This role will be responsible for the oversight and execution of HR initiatives within the Business Unit, including but not limited to recruiting, employee relations, performance management, employee development, employee engagement, retention, compliance, project management and data analytics. This role will partner with Corporate Shared Services to ensure appropriate adherence, alignment and execution of Company policies, processes, and procedures.

People Management

  • Responsible for managing the Wenger Food Group's HR Team
  • Conduct annual performance reviews, establish team goals in conjunction with Business Unit and Corporate HR, ensure direct reports receive appropriate training and development to execute on strategic HR initiatives

Talent Management

  • Oversee the talent acquisition process and execution of hiring and retention efforts for designated Business Unit
  • Work with Corporate HR to build relationships with local communities and agricultural resources to expand recruiting efforts
  • Responsible for the execution of talent development, performance management and succession planning for Business Unit; ensures strategic alignment with Business Unit and company initiatives
  • Manage day-to-day employee relations to provide the best and timely resolutions
  • Oversee training and development of Business Unit team members and leaders as necessary 

HR Excellence

  • Maintain strong relationships with internal customers and support team in building and establishing relationships to foster a positive work environment and drive culture initiatives
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the organization and Business Unit in conjunction with providing and presenting KPIs to make data-driven decisions 
  • Oversee human resource compliance efforts by ensuring consistent adherence to guidelines, policies, and procedures

Engagement and Influence

  • Work as a team player as part of the HR team and designated Business Unit – consistently model company core values of Integrity, Respect, Quality, Safety, and Stewardship
  • Execute employee engagement planning process and administration for designated Business Unit
  • Create, lead and maintain engagement plans and planning for the Business Unit.
  • Ensure HR team promotes positive employee relations through proactive employee communication, prompt issue resolution, and fair and equitable policy administration
  • Positively influence and impact the organization by providing HR expertise and innovative solutions

Strategic Initiatives

  • Act as a member of the Business Unit Leadership Team
  • Present key HR metrics and KPIs at leadership meetings
  • Serve as a trusted advisor with senior management and an advocate for team members
  • Analyze trends and metrics in partnership with the HR team to develop solutions, programs, and policies
  • Act as a catalyst for change and serve as a champion to promote and drive cultural initiatives
  • Provide guidance and input to Business Unit leadership
  • Consult with functional leadership on comprehensive workforce planning

Quality Delivery

  • Implement administrative procedures and execute improvements through human resources and other areas
  • Perform routine tasks required to administer and execute human resources processes and procedures including but not limited to compensation, benefits, leave of absence, disciplinary matters, disputes and investigations, performance and talent management, productivity, recognition, engagement, training, and development.
  • Leverage and educate team members on available technology, shared services, HR services and procedures to meet internal customer needs
  • Ensure adherence to Wenger policies, methods, and disciplines

Other duties as assigned

Who you are:

  • Bachelor's degree in business or human resources, or related experience
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of human resources experience and 3 years in leadership roles
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Food production or agriculture industry experience desired
  • SHRM or HRCI certification
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Previous experience working in an HRIS system
  • Excellent communication skills, both written & verbal
  • Demonstrated community involvement desired
  • Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage time well and meet deadlines as required
  • Proven ability to take ownership of work with a sense of urgency, enthusiasm, commitment, and persistence in the face of obstacles or adversity
  • Basic understanding of state and federal laws

       Physical Job Requirements

  • Willing and able to travel to company locations
  • Flexibility to be present and available for off-shift hours when necessary
  • Ability to work from a food production environment when required
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs at times

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Job Post Date: 01/04/24
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