Human Resource Manager

  • Kewanee, IL 61443, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Great Dane Trailers, typically referred to simply as Great Dane, is a manufacturer of truck dry van, refrigerated van and flatbed semi-trailers. Established in 1900 by J.P. Wheless and T.H. McMillan as the Savannah Blowpipe Company in Savannah, Georgia, it has gone on to become the world's largest manufacturer of commercial truck trailers.

Job Description

The Human Resources Manager is responsible for managing all HR functions, including recruiting, training, payroll, safety, benefits, and worker’s compensation and administering the HR policies.

Key Responsibilities

Create a true business partnership with Plant Management.

Establish and maintain a presence on the plant floor to keep a read on the pulse of the organization.

Actively participate in succession planning.

Actively support safety initiatives and the improvement of safety performance at the facility.

Understand, follow and enforce all established Company policies, procedures and recognized practices.

Responsible for selection, recruitment, and interviewing of plant employees and work jointly with corporate recruiter, supervisory and department heads.

Serve as contact with temporary labor agencies to schedule workers to meet daily production staffing requirements and to process pay records.  Review and approve invoices, and address temporary worker issues as required.

Oversee onboarding for new employees to effectively prepare them for the work environment and to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives.

Interpret and apply company policies, benefits, practices, procedures, programs and applicable laws.

Create and analyze statistical reports concerning employee related data such as hires, turnover, and absenteeism and develop action plans to solve problems.

Be an employee advocate and resolve employee relations issues in a fair and consistent manner that recognizes employee needs and protects the needs of the plant to operate in an effective and efficient manner.

Provide effective guidance to line and department staff, relating to employee concerns, problems, and disciplinary action to comply with company policies.

Represent organization at employee-related hearings and investigations.

Support business initiatives as appropriate.

Practice organizational agility by developing partnerships with the various departments of the organization.

Analyze training needs to design and deliver employee training and development including safety programs.

Administer worker compensation reports, record keeping, and documentation.

Plan and organize company events, e.g. luncheons, picnics, recognition, etc.

Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree and/or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in Human Resources.  Advanced degree preferred.

  • 4-5 years of union experience.

  • Years of Experience: At least 3-5 years of HR generalist experience and 2 years of managerial experience. 2 plus years of related experience in maintaining a nonunion presence in a manufacturing setting. 

  • Knowledge of principles and procedures and Federal and State laws for employee recruitment, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and Safety and Environmental. Thorough knowledge of labor law.

  • PHR certification highly recommended. Continued Education in related fields as needed is favored.

  • Must have knowledge of safety regulations and support the safety officer in the facility. Must have knowledge of the environmental requirements issued by state and federal agencies. Must be able to work with and negotiate regulatory agencies.

  • High safety, environmental and health standards.

  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

  • Willingness to travel when required.

  • Willingness to continually embrace personal and professional development.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, Outlook, & PowerPoint.

  • HRIS experience a plus.

Additional Information


  • Customer Focus:  Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers;  gets firsthand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services;  acts with customers in mind;  establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect

  • Action Oriented:  Enjoys working hard;  is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging;  not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning;  seizes more opportunities than others

  • Functional/Technical Skills:  Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment

  • Ethics and Values:  Adheres to an appropriate (for the setting) and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times;  acts in line with those values;  rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches

  • Organizing:  Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently; arranges information and files in a useful manner

  • Listening:  Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees

  • Learning on the Fly:  Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner;  open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions;  enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything

  • Time Management:  Uses his/her time effectively;  values time; concentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities; gets more done in less time than others;  can attend to a broader range of activities

Great Dane offers competitive wages and benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, and Supplemental Insurance; 401(K), Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Holidays.

Please include your resume, salary history and/or requirement in your resume.