Merrick Pet Care
  • 23-Aug-2017 to 22-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Human Resources
  • Hereford, TX, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Long Term Care, Long Term Disability, 401k, Paid Time Off, Paid Holidays

Position Title: Human Resources Manager

Position Reporting To: Director of HR

Location: Hereford, TX

Position Summary:

The HR Manager is responsible for all employee-related initiatives and activities at the Hereford and Amarillo locations, including recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations, benefits and compliance with all federal and state statues related to employment. The HR Manager also serves as a source of counsel to the Operations Management Team and hourly employees, in regards to questions, issues and dispute resolution. Most importantly, this position serves as a catalyst to proactively enhancing the workplace and employment experience of our Texas operations.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Employee Relations:
    • Manage daily employee relations through direct hourly counsel and coaching of plant leadership.
    • Act proactively and continuously on improvement plans around employee relations.
    • Grow a culture of being the employer of choice in the market. Maintain an open door policy that promotes communication at all levels of the organization.  
    • Responsible for the Employee Manual and ensuring fair and consistent interpretation of all operating standards and rules.
    • Conduct investigations and make discipline and employment decisions with the HR Director.
  • Benefits Administration (for Texas, Chicago, and Sales employee base):
    • Manage employee benefits administration, to include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD and LTD (for Texas, Chicago, and Sales employee base)
    • Oversee monthly insurance billing and employee questions
    • Assist with annual benefit pricing and market analysis
    • Manage new hire enrollment and annual open enrollment
    • Manage FMLA and all leave of absence paperwork
    • Serve as 401k Administrator, with responsibility for weekly 401k contributions, changes, loans and annual auditing
    • Point of contact for all 3rd party benefit administrators
  • Recruitment:
    • Manage hourly workforce planning, strategy and placement
    • Take proactive actions to reduce plant turnover
    • Assist with employment branding initiatives.
    • Manage pre-employment testing for all employees.
    • Oversee affirmative action
  • Organizational Development:
    • Develop and manage the Hereford HR team, which includes a HR Assistant and HR Administrative Assistant.
    • Support Performance Management system through coaching on performance evaluations and development.
    • Assist in personal and career development plans for salaried associates. Support company succession planning efforts.
  • Support plant safety program and goals
  • Responsible for all employee files and documentation, including training records.
  • Manage unemployment compensation claims and attend hearing as necessary
  • Plant and Community Involvement
    • Oversee local donations, company sponsorships and Plant Graduation Fund
    • Plan plant picnic, celebrations and holiday gatherings


Basic Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business or related field
  • 5+ years professional work experience as a HR Generalist or equivalent position
  • 2+ years professional work experience as a HR Generalist or equivalent position in a manufacturing environment is preferred.  



  • Results oriented work ethic
  • Self-starter, comfortable in a dynamic organization that is rapidly growing
  • Proactive Cooperation
  • Integrity


Key Functional Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to identify and implement change across a multifunctional team
  • A well rounded understanding of employment law
  • Solid presentation, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to gain a deep understanding of the category and marketplace



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