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Vermont Creamery Human Resources Manager at Land O'Lakes

Posted in General Labor 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Websterville, Vermont

Job Description:

The agriculture and food industries are growing fast. With a variety of positions in a lot of different places, Land O’Lakes has just the job for you. Land O'Lakes, Inc., ( one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations spanning the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2015 annual sales of $13 billion, we manage some of the most respected brands including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField Solutions. To all the big thinkers, the leaders, future leaders, change makers, hard workers and everyone with a passion for doing something meaningful—we want you on our team. Land O'Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O’Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Land O'Lakes Dairy Foods division is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States. This division also includes Global Dairy Ingredients that sells a portfolio of value-added dairy ingredients (specialty powders, milk powder, cheese, butter and whey) and offers expertise to large international customers.
At Vermont Creamery, we strive to produce the highest quality cheeses and dairy products using local ingredients while supporting and developing family farms. We aim to exemplify sustainability by being profitable, engaging our staff in the business, and living our mission every day in the creamery. We care about creating a great work environment for our employees and being a positive contributor to the community and environment.
On those promises, we obtained the B-Corp certification back in 2014. Our dairy products have won more than 100 national and international awards. Our butters and cheeses populate some of the most prestigious cheese boards in America. But what makes us proudest perhaps is that we have sustained a team of family farms and creamery artisans. Together we thrive making simply great cheese for discerning, appreciative eaters, home cooks and discriminating chefs alike.
At Vermont Creamery, our core values are very important to us and are the foundation of our entire mission.
Our mission is founded on the five principles:
1)The farms: Improve our rural communities by supporting family farms which have best management practices that are sustainable and environmentally sound.
2) A culture of continuous improvement: Invigorate and challenge our creamery community to maintain the highest product quality, excel at customer service and care for our consumers by inviting them to be part of our family.
3) The value of cheese: Promotes a life of good health and meaningful connection through the preparation and sharing of good food with others. A responsible manufacturer: Add value to milk while minimizing our impact on clean and plentiful water, clean air, and land.

4)The Team: Accountability and responsibility allows every team member to create a profitable, meaningful and fun workplace where he/she is challenged empowered and motivated by his/her contribution.

Job Description: 
The Human Resources Manager is responsible to lead People and Culture Strategy at Vermont Creamery.
Strategic partnership with the Senior Leadership Team in planning, development, implementation and evaluation of HR activities to support business goals while maintaining strong organization culture.
Leads Human Resources functions of Labor and Employee Relations, Performance Management, Recruiting, Learning and Development, EEO/AAP, Benefits Administration, Best Talent & Best Place to Work Survey Action Planning, and proactive / positive Employee Relations, and Compensation.
Ensure B Corp certification is maintained and worker’s metrics improved with enhancing existing programs and creating new ones.
Leadership and evaluation of site culture, and takes a proactive role to lead plant forward with regards to Employee Engagement, Supervisor Development, and fostering an environment that embraces continuous improvement, transparency, collaboration, and driving world class results in cost, quality, service, people, and environment.
Develop Talent management strategy to recruit, retain and motivate staff in a rapidly growing environment
Ensure company "family culture" is preserved and enhanced through unique programs and communication plans
Ensure organization maintains and improves B Corp certification score related to worker's metric
Leadership role with management and hourly employees in development, application, and interpretation of employee relations and labor relations policies and practices, and partnering with the HRBP of Dairy Foods, Director of Labor and Employee Relations and HQ Legal Counsel
In partnership with Plant Leadership, leads projects and initiatives identified from Best Talent Survey, and Best Place to Work survey and other employee feedback sessions to improve positive employee relations, culture and communication throughout the plant(s) by working collaboratively with plant leaders, managers, and hourly employees to foster, engage and inspire the workforce
Manage process of “Change Management” with the recent acquisition and rapid growth of the business to ensure staff engagement remains strong and employee culture preserved.
Provides Strategic Human Resources leadership partnership regarding Human Resources matters with plant operations, sales and Administration. Resource for Managers and Directors regarding Human Resources issues and compliance
Lead and coordinate Performance Management in accordance with Company direction on Top Talent. Provide employee leadership development, coaching and counseling
Creates strategy and implements new approaches and procedures
Assists Vermont Creamery Leadership Team with the application of disciplinary actions and improvement plans to establish a work environment characterized by consistency and fairness. 
Liaises with Corporate Human Resources, Labor and Employee Relations, and Legal
Monitor implementation of policies concerning wages, hours, and working conditions, to ensure compliance with terms of FLSA
Is fluent in local market information, such as reference documents and statistical data concerning labor legislation, labor market conditions, management practices, wage and salary surveys, and employee benefit programs, to best meet the needs of our employment needs
Coach leaders on how to appropriately manage minor employee relations issues
Supervision, direct work for two administrative employees
Manage investigation and regulatory compliance with State and Federal agencies. Lead investigations into complaints of illegal discrimination or harassment. Respond to appropriate agencies appropriately
Timely and thorough investigation and response to Connect calls
Culture Champion:
Responsible for all internal HR communications - setting tone and internal branding.
Identifies and implements opportunities to improve the Employee Experience. Assesses current programs for employee wellbeing and happiness and propose innovative ideas to improve existing policies
Leverage Best Talent and Best Place to Work survey results
Manages and administers wellness budget in collaboration with the Wellness team
Plan and delegate company social calendar (summer BBQ, holiday party, monthly breakfast, etc.)
Develops “great place to work” programs (wellness, volunteering, open book, personal development, etc.)
Develops and implements employee recognition programs
Staffing and Recruitment:
Develop salaried and hourly recruitment strategy geared to deliver Top Talent for Vermont Creamery based on department needs that define and commit to performance criteria and cultural fit
Assess and improve recruiting process to align with Vermont Creamery cultural fit and Land O Lakes recruiting practices
Develop Vermont Creamery brand in local region as "employer of choice" by representing organization in state gatherings and conversation around workforce, recruiting, and policy making
Influence strategic organizational development decisions such as Performance Management, succession planning, and career development
Execute recruitment strategy by aggressively recruiting for well-qualified candidates from a variety of sources, managing selection process to include interviewing, assessing candidates, screening, recommending finalists, and filling the staffing needs
Develop and review diversity (AAP) plan with focused recruitment strategies
Training and Development:
Analyzes training needs; develops learning and development strategy, and implements training delivery with plant leadership to exempt, non-exempt and hourly workforce groups; facilitates various training activities; monitors compliance with required training protocol
Manage and administer training and education budget in partnership with departments leads for talent development and culture
Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree or higher
Preferred Education:
PHR and/or SHPR Certification
B-Corp Certification
Required Experience:
3 or more years of human resources generalist experience
Experience working in a mission/vision or value lead company
Experience must include hands-on responsibility for the full scope of human resources activities
Manufacturing experience
EOE M/F/Vets/Disabled. Land O’Lakes, Inc. enforces a policy of maintaining a drug-free workforce, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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