Business Unit HR Manager - Tupelo, MS

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WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at

Business Unit HR Manager - Tupelo, MS

324 Turner Industrial Park Rd
Saltillo, Mississippi, 38866
United States

The HR Manager is responsible for leading implementation of core HR programs
and employee-related initiatives in the business to ensure an effective, sustainable people strategy
over the long term. The HR Manager serves as employee champion, managing a multi-functional HR
Department including compensation, employment, benefits, training, safety and health, employee
relations, and labor relations. This role is responsible for developing talent strategies to increase
workforce diversity, optimize core and pivotal talent, and ensure a robust talent pipeline for the future.
Major Job Responsibilities:
Business Excellence
• Coordinate labor relations activities including contract interpretation and grievance
• Serve as strategic partner using data-driven diagnostics for decision-making to foster cultural
change in business transformation
• Foster a continuous learning environment through developing and improving the knowledge
and skills of the organization, including analyzing training needs, determining how to meet the
training needs, as well as coaching and mentoring future leaders
• Ensure compliance with all applicable Federal and State Laws including EEO, FMLA, HIPAA,
ADA, and Collective Bargaining
• Develop and continually improve the safety and health processes for the facility and
compliance with regulations
• Manage administrative functions to ensure HR systems and records are accurate, consistent,
and efficient
• Oversee budget expense management and adjustments to align with business goals
People and Culture
• Serve as change agent as WestRock continues to expand with a goal of providing world-class
customer and employee experience
• Promote employee and organizational development including leadership development,
succession planning, performance management programs, skills gap analysis, and individual
career development
• Consult with General Managers and Operations Managers to understand how to navigate
operational challenges and engineering issues
• Consult and advise Mill Leadership Team on topics of interest that could have a major impact
on employee morale
• Resolve people related issues, settle disputes, and conduct internal investigative procedures

Critical Skills / Capabilities:
• Communication: Creates and delivers engaging presentations to internal and external
audiences; develops new communication strategies and approaches to communicate data,
insights, and critical messages resulting in clear understanding
• Strategic Thinking: Develops short and long-term courses of action that support the
organization's overall vision and mission; balances business, technical, and operational issues
when determining a strategy; identifies problems with current strategies and suggests ways to
resolve them; incorporates knowledge of WestRock’s goals/strategy as well as competitive,
customer, supplier, industry, or marketplace trends into strategic plans; capitalizes on
opportunities and manages risks
• Coaching: Provides people with tools, knowledge, and opportunities to develop themselves;
determines employees’ training needs, works with employees to produce continuous
development plans, and provides regular feedback and coaching to help employees develop in
current and future roles; visibly supports culture and teams
• Leadership: Leads and motivates a team of people to achieve performance excellence; ability
to read people and situations and adjust approach accordingly; proactively leads and enforces
initiatives that drive organizational effectiveness; teaches others how to build trust-based
• Collaboration: Works effectively with others to complete a task or achieve a common
objective; ability to cooperate in both interpersonal and team relationships to foster enthusiasm
and maintain mutual trust, candor, and respect for others. Works through conflict
• Problem-Solving: Applies knowledge to frame, simplify and solve complex issues; focuses on
identifying root causes to create solutions in a timely and decisive manner; reconciles
conflicting and/or incomplete information to develop solutions
Technical Skills:
• Microsoft Office - Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,
• Human Resources Information System (i.e. PeopleSoft, Cornerstone,

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