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The most rewarding thing is when we see people grow. To see them taking on more responsibility, setting their own goals and realizing what’s important to them. This happens at Western Pulp, every day.
We’re looking for dedicated, creative people to join us in making our company even better. Is that you?
Flexible work schedule - We’ll help you work where you need to, when you need to. Because life happens.
Everyone has a voice - Innovation doesn’t know hierarchy. We make sure everyone is heard, considered and respected.
Room to grow - Learning is built into every role here. You’ll get mentorship and take ownership.
We’ve got you covered - Our benefits include comprehensive healthcare, a 401k, education stipends and so much more.
CORPORATE EMPLOYEE RELATIONS MANAGER
Western Pulp Products Company (westernpulp.com) has an immediate opening in our Corvallis, Oregon headquarters for a hands-on Corporate Employee Relations Manager. This is a challenging yet exciting opportunity to direct and lead the full spectrum of human resource activities and programs, ensuring alignment of employee initiatives with plant and corporate objectives, building and maintaining effective relationships with our workforce and engaging our employees and management in activities that foster and sustain a high performance, issue-free and zero accident workplace. Reporting directly to the President, the successful candidate will support a diverse mix of employees in four states, including the corporate headquarters, two manufacturing facilities, and remote sales offices.
For decades, Western has been at the forefront of the molded fiber industry. As design innovators, our products continue to satisfy the demands of a diverse range of industries. Our goal is to provide premium quality, product innovation, customer service, and value for the price. Western has continued to operate all locations during the COVID-19 lockdown period, as an essential supplier to both the beverage distribution and nursery grower industries.
Since 1958, Western has manufactured a variety of molded fiber products that: divert waste fiber from landfills or incineration; displace products that are not biodegradable; use renewable and sustainable materials; recycle, compost, or biodegrade after use; and provide a steady source of income to non-profits and charities.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Principal duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Legal Compliance; Policy Development, Communication, Interpretation, & Updates: Ensure legal compliance by consistently monitoring adherence to applicable federal, state and local requirements and maintaining communications with outside legal counsel; conduct and document objective, thorough investigations; maintain appropriate documents and records; represent Western in agency or legal proceedings. Maintain management guidelines by preparing, updating, recommending and communicating employee relations policies and procedures and monitoring corporate adherence to those policies. Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; review professional publications; establish personal networks; participate in professional groups.
Recruitment, Selection, On-Boarding, Engagement & Retention: Ensure that Western is staffed with the best available talent consistent with Western’s corporate culture; develop recruiting strategies, pre-screen candidates, interview final candidates and develop, implement and manage the on-boarding and employee engagement process.
Training & Development: Partner with Western’s Management Team to develop and implement training strategies that support the company’s strategic plans and culture.
Performance Management: Lead the performance management and improvement process to ensure employees and managers support the achievement of performance and improvement metrics in the areas of Safety, Cost, Quality, Schedule Adherence and Productivity.
Organizational Planning & Development: Function as an objective consultant to management with regard to organizational issues which impact people including organizational structure, managing change, promotions, job titles, career and succession planning. Assist with organizational design and job evaluation efforts as needed – ensure that all positions and organization structures are aligned with business objectives and desired outcomes; write/revise job descriptions as needed.
Compensation and Benefits Program Management: Collaborate with the executive and management teams on annual wage, salary and benefits review processes and related activities.
Safety Compliance Management: Work in conjunction with the management team, employees, Safety Committees or outside entities to develop, implement, and manage employee safety programs that will contribute to and result in a zero-accident culture.
Programs Administration: Manage programs such as leave of absence, drug testing and attendance control programs to ensure alignment with Western policies and applicable federal and state laws.
Separation Process Management: Effectively manage the employee separation process.
Other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate must have:
A Bachelor’s degree in Employee Relations or a related field from an accredited college or university, or commensurate employee relations or labor experience.
A minimum of five years of Employee Relations leadership experience, preferably in a manufacturing organization.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively and influence all levels of an organization from the plant floor to executives.
The ability to work independently, take initiative, manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and develop and complete actionable plans on a timely basis.
A hands-on, proactive approach in dealing with manufacturing personnel in a shop environment and be able to spend adequate time within the shop environment to completely understand the processes and issues related to the manufacturing groups.
A demonstrated ability to successfully resolve conflict.
Extensive knowledge of applicable state and federal employment and labor laws and governmental compliance requirements.
A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office software suite.
Regular and timely attendance on the job.
The ability to maintain physical condition and stamina appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include sitting for extended periods of time, walking the manufacturing plant floor, hearing, seeing, speaking for employee communications and operating assigned office equipment, and other duties as assigned. Must be able to support twenty-four-hour operations, which may require work at any time of the day, including weekends. Some interstate travel is required.
A Master’s degree in Employee Relations or a related field from an accredited college or university
Prior supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment
Bilingual – English / Spanish
Knowledge of and experience with Oregon laws, especially those related to manufacturing
How to Apply:
Western offers a competitive salary and benefits package and the opportunity to succeed in a team-oriented environment.
You can apply for this position by sending your resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Corporate Employee Relations Manager" as the e-mail subject.
Include a cover letter describing your specific, measurable accomplishments as they relate to this position. Include your compensation expectations for the position.
U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence (Green Card) required.
No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Due to the large volume of resumes we receive, we do not acknowledge receipt of each resume and are unable to give status updates. If a strong match is found between your qualifications and the requirements of the position, a member of our staff will contact you to further discuss the career opportunity. In the event that you are not contacted within a 2 to 3 week period, it is likely that we are pursuing other applicants. However, your resume will be retained should your skills and qualifications present a strong match to future positions.
Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.
WESTERN PULP COMPANY VISION
OUR SHARED VISION
To be recognized in every market we serve as an honest and knowledgeable producer of valued products. To differentiate ourselves from our competitors by offering “best-in-class” service. To provide an environment where all Employees are proud of their contributions toward achieving the Company’s Mission, are pleased with their opportunities for growth and embrace the concept of continuous improvement in all areas of endeavor.
Western is dedicated to converting recycled fiber into value-added products that meet our customers’ needs, allowing us to prosper as a business and providing an attractive return for the owners of our business. The business’ continuing success, as measured by the growth of profitable sales volume, reflects our focus on those market segments where we can create products of unique value to our customers.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Customers are our focus
We will strive to provide innovative and improved products and exceptional service to them by understanding their requirements and anticipating their future needs. We believe we are successful because of our commitment to customer service.
Continuous improvement of products and services
This will be accomplished by focusing on the processes that make up our business and through the involvement of all Employees to help with the improvement of these processes. We are committed to encouraging creativity and initiative.
Involved Employees are our most important asset
To achieve that involvement, Western strives to provide an environment where all Employees are respected, a Zero Accident culture exists, Employees have the opportunity to develop careers according to their abilities and efforts and, where a balance exists, between family and work.
Integrity is never compromised
We value our integrity both individually and corporately. We treat customers, vendors, and our communities with honesty and respect at all times. We receive the same in return and are seen as partners by each of these entities.
Financial success keeps us in business
To prosper, both as Employees and as a business, we maintain the financial strength of our company and provide a competitive rate of return to our owners.