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Sr. Manager, Human Resources

City & State: 

Northlake, IL, US, 60164

Job Category:  Human Resources

ARYZTA is a global baking company with a Passion for Good Food. We provide our retail and foodservice customers with a portfolio of bakery solutions so they can deliver memorable, delicious food to consumers. With operations in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, ARYZTA has become a global leader in the baked goods industry and one of the largest specialty bakery companies in the world. Our leading bakery brands in North America include La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. We have 58 state-of-the-art bakeries and kitchens around the globe, with 20 of those in North America, and are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Americas team champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.



The Senior Manager, Human Resources creates positive business relationships to drive initiatives that help to recruit and retain talent, create a training and development environment and promote a culture of employee engagement.


Key Accountabilities:

Specific areas of direct responsibilities include employee relations, benefits and payroll administration, attendance and leaves of absence policy administration, compensation/salary administration, organization and development, performance management, training, EEO/AA compliance, diversity, relocation, record keeping and special projects. Responsible for the confidentiality of sensitive personnel data, accurately interpret laws and regulations and consistently apply practices and procedures set forth by ARYZTA.   Oversees all aspects of Human Resources and may perform other duties as required.

  • Drive all core HR processes and tools including labor requirements, training needs, and strategies to reduce employee turnover and improve the employee experience.
  • Working in conjunction with the HR Director, assist with the development, implementation and maintenance of effective business solutions to support the current and future human resources needs for the bakery (i.e. Organizational Design, Performance Management Systems, succession planning, Health & Welfare Programs, and Employee Relations).
  • Provide advice and counsel to managers and employees on employee relations matters; supporting management and with the disciplinary process and all terminations to eliminate potential liability and enhance processes.
  • Facilitate development and monitoring of employee performance improvement plans.
  • Ensure the people-perspective is represented in business decisions so implications are understood and the workforce is proactively managed; assessing the impact of business decisions on workforce and provides solutions to optimize opportunities and mitigate any downsides.
  • Investigate and resolve employee relations issues; including the investigation of harassment, discrimination and other charges; manage discipline and discharge functions, and assume responsibility for the uniform and equitable application of policies across the bakery.
  • Respond to inquiries regarding personnel issues and insurance benefits.
  • Ensure all local payroll activities which include but is not limited to final payroll signoff and running timecard reports for missed punches and coordinate with corporate payroll on issue resolutions, exceptions and special circumstances.
  • Assist and/or direct employees for assistance with their benefits needs.
  • Maintain working knowledge of benefits, including: health and welfare, pension; holiday and PTO pay; and salary continuation plans.
  • Perform open enrollment functions as required by Corporate Human Resources.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of outside benefits; unemployment insurance and SDI.
  • Process payroll status change forms such as leaves of absence, terminations, and resignations utilizing Success Factors
  • Comply with COBRA, FMLA, CFRA, ADA and the Pregnancy leave acts.
  • Ensure local state & government compliance in areas such as wage and hour, EEO/AA and ICE.
  • Ensure consistent administration of company policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as required by the Human Resources Director.


Job Requirements:

  • Education: 
    • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations, Psychology, or Business Administration or a related field preferred (or advanced certificates in Human Resources Management).
    • SPHR Certification
    • Physical Requirements:
      • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      • These functions require the employee to be standing or walking 20% of the time. This is primarily a sedentary position.
      • The employee is expected to occasionally twist, bend, and stoop when retrieving and filing information from the file cabinet. Seldom carry or lift 5 pounds or less, which would consist of employee records and reports.
      • The employee must be able to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer terminal and retrieve information from the employee files and answer phones.
      • This position requires an employee to have adequate communicating and observational skills.
      • Travel Requirements: Less than 25%, North America
  • Experience:
    • 5+ years of Human Resources experience in a manufacturing environment.     
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely answer questions and convey information to employees and management team
    • Experience with applications and operations of HRIS software, such as Success Factors & ADP is helpful
    • Effective time management skills, including ability to prioritize workload to meet key deadlines





ARYZTA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.