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Regional Human Resources Manager - Union & Union-free

Indianapolis, IN
International Paper ( is a global leader in packaging and paper with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated papers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 65,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide.

International Paper’s vision is to be one of the best and most respected companies in the world. A company of substance in everything we do, from the products we make, to investing in communities, to protecting our environment, International Paper supports communities where our employees live and work.
We currently have an opening for a Regional Human Resource Manager to provide support to eight manufacturing plants, approximately 900 employees in unionized and union free facilities located across seven states.  These facilities manufacture packaging products for local and national customers.  The position is based in our Indianapolis manufacturing facility and involves travel on a weekly basis. 
We are looking for a highly motivated, engaged, committed individual that has experience in Human Resources in a manufacturing environment.
The Regional Human Resource Manager will report directly to the East Area Human Resource Leader and functionally to the Business Regional General Manager.  This is a “hands on” position that requires relationships, interaction and visibility with all levels of the organization.  The successful candidate will have a strong blend of business partnership experience, human resource/labor relations, and change management skills.
  • Business Partner:Act with region management to lead HR initiatives at the sites, institute work improvements which positively impact business profitability and raise employee engagement.
  • Labor Relations:Work with local management teams on building a collaborative relationship with local unions;Understand and interpret complex contract language and past practices, active leadership and involvement with grievance process, and serve as company spokesperson for arbitrations and negotiations
  • Employee Relations:Develop and ensure implementation of an employee relations strategy.Coordinate closely with corporate employee relations and the business sector to ensure alignment and support.Serve as an employee advocate and facilitate the union-free issue resolution process including peer review, as well as reinforcement of a union-free culture.
  • Leadership Development, Engagement, and Diversity:Educate, coach and counsel members of the organization on job performance management, employee development and diversity to build work teams who fully contribute to exceeding business goals.
  • Recruit hourly and salaried employees to help the organization meet its goals in employee attraction, development and retention.
  • Educate and coach line management on company policies, plant work rules, as well as applicable federal and state regulations, to ensure fair and consistent delivery of human resources products and services.
  • Accountable for timely completion of the region Affirmative Action Plan programs and processes.
  • Work with region management to lead the planning and implementation of communication strategies which deliver accurate, consistent and timely information on business issues and employee concerns.
  • Research and introduce human resources best practice concepts to ensure that the organization is utilizing leading edge human resources technology and proactively considering and implementing new strategies. Share best practices across the organization.
  • Champion the change management process consistent with the IP Way.
  • Develop SAP and other systems expertise.
  • Participate in special projects at business and enterprise level as required
  • Position requires a BS degree in Business Administration, Industrial Relations, Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a related discipline in which business knowledge or human resource practices are gained 
  • 8-10 years of multi-faceted human resources experience in a union and union free environment. 
  • This position is a true human resource generalist and applicants must be willing to work in both tactical and strategic elements of the function.  
  • Candidates must be geographically flexible and mobile for future opportunities with the company. 
  • Successful candidates must be willing to be flexible as it relates to work hours and work location during the week.  
  • Candidates must be customer focused, have excellent problem solving, organizational, communication and people skills. 
Specific competencies include functional/technical skills, action oriented, managerial courage, dealing with ambiguity, career ambition, command skills, motivating others, organizing, drive for results, problem solving, strategic agility and building effective teams.
International Paper offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance, vacation as well as a 401(k) plan and retirement savings account.   This is a great opportunity to start a career with a dynamic and proven manufacturing company.

International Paper is a Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minorities/Females/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans
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