Kettle Cuisine

Human Resources Generalist

  • Location:   Everett, WA
  • Position Type:   Full Time

The Kettle Cuisine plant in Everett, WA is currently searching for a Human Resources Generalist to provide HR support to the Management team and hourly employees in a fast paced food manufacturing environment. This is a hands-on, full-time generalist position supporting multiple shifts. Responsibilities include assisting in recruitment, hiring, onboarding, managing flow of temporary employees, training, employee relations; leave of absence administration, workers compensation claims, compliance, audits (i-9s, benefits, etc.), customer audits, payroll, and benefits administration. This strong, second in command position will be responsible for providing assistance to employees and maintaining a high level of confidentiality.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Benefits Administration including new hire enrollment, annual open enrollment, monthly premium processing, and COBRA administration.

• Working with employees on administrative issues and performance issues; participating in employee coaching/counseling sessions and terminations.

• Conduct job fairs, screen and interview applicants, prepare new hire paperwork and facilitate new hire orientations.

• Manage recruiting and staffing initiatives; facilitate onboarding process and new hire orientations.

• Provide guidance, coaching and training to the management team in the areas of performance management, employee retention, policy interpretation/implementation and employee and HR issue resolution.

• Coach management team in the areas of performance counseling, employee retention, policy interpretation and implementation and conflict resolution.

• Process a weekly payroll of over 350 employees using Paycom

• Maintain employee personnel files and other required record keeping.

• Assist with safety program within the plant by participating in the required training, support accident investigations and reporting, maintaining compliance documentation and postings as needed. Participate as a member in Safety Committee meetings.

• Streamline and automate human resources processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness within the department.

• Assist in managing employee relations by investigating, resolving, and communicating in regards to employee questions, issues, or concerns.

• Determine and take appropriate action to resolve issues in a timely, appropriate, and confidential manner.

• Provide support for employee engagement activities which include but not limited to: coordinating employee activities/events, administering recognition programs, facilitating site communications, and participating on the site’s engagement team

Required Skills, Knowledge and Education:

• A bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, and three (3) plus years of Human Resources experience or any similar combination of education and experience is preferred.

• Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred

• Bilingual communication skills - Spanish and English – is strongly preferred.

• Ability to maintain a current knowledge base of employment regulations/laws, payroll, benefits, and HR related trends and processes. • Knowledge of payroll and payroll tax regulations.

• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and work with a high degree of independence

• Microsoft Office experience, strong Excel skills preferred • Strong organizational and prioritizing skills.

• Solid history of providing exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentational skills.

• Solid analytical, reasoning and deduction skills; high level of attention to details.

• Solid knowledge and understanding of employment laws, including FMLA, ADA, FLSA, COBRA, ERISA, HIPPA and EEO is required.

• Proven experience managing various types of leaves of absences.

• Experience with W/C claims management, injury investigations, and work site programs is a plus

• Ability to work collaboratively with others in a cross functional team atmosphere

• Experience with positive employee relations in a multi-cultural food production or manufacturing environment

• Experience working in a lean manufacturing and knowledge of GMPs is desirable.

• Possess solid interpersonal and communication skills

• Must have understanding of OSHA regulations and recordkeeping requirements.

• Must be able to organize and prioritize the workload, meet deadlines, and work effectively with minimal direction.

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