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Kalmar Solutions Human Resources Manager/Business Partner in Ottawa, Kansas

Business: Kalmar

Job Function: HR


Ottawa, KS, US

Human Resources Manager/Business Partner

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position

Responsible for creating and owning the people agenda, as a critical part of the overall business direction and strategy for a $.5 B, US-based unionized (Right to Work State) assembly facility of a global entity.

Main tasks and responsibilities

This is a hands-on position that requires one to stretch up strategically, in conjunction with the leadership team, but willing and able to be on the ground to understand critical factors in creating and building change. Especially important will be the understanding of the current working environment, and identifying and implementing continuous improvement initiatives to build a positive and productive work environment.

Responsibilities include:

•Leads and manages the HR function that supports the assembly operations

•Employee Relations

•Workforce Engagement

•Culture Building

•Change Management

•Workers’ Compensation

•Labor Relations

•Job Grading and Career Path Development

•HR Generalist responsibilities

•Ensuring rewards programs are in line with business needs and market conditions

•Leadership and Managerial Development

What you’ll need to succeed

Kalmar operates in a LEAN manufacturing environment. The successful candidate will be the type of individual who gets involved on the assembly floor, dives in to understand the root cause of issues and rolls up their sleeves to drive solutions home to completion, fostering partnerships with employees, management and labor representation.

Proven ability to understand the business, and to partner effectively with business leaders to create meaningful results which align people, processes and tools to ensure achievement of business objectives.

Successful candidate will have experience in the following areas:

•HR leadership experience in a manufacturing environment

•Demonstrated ability to understand business models and align HR objectives

•Proven track record of effectively managing labor relations in a union environment

•Experience working with and developing leadership teams and line management

•Track record of leading change and enhancing company culture

•Demonstrated longer-term thinking and planning

•Excellent communication and relationship building skills

Educational Requirements:

•B.A/B.S Degree

•Advanced degree in Human Resources, or Organizational Design or similar field preferred

You will be part of

Kalmar currently employs more than 4,800 professionals worldwide. One of our most important values is: We do it together. We value team skills, as well as innovativeness, customer orientation, and a willingness to commit to continuous improvement. We work closely with our customers and partners - across language, cultural, and professional borders. We see diversity as a common strength and valuable resource for Kalmar’s future.

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume for consideration.


Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry. With our extensive electric portfolio and global service network, we help our customers move towards safer, more eco-efficient and productive operations. Together, we develop innovative solutions that shape the future of our industry, improving our customers’ every move. www.kalmarglobal.com