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Human Resources Manager - Large Manufacturing

Date: Nov 4, 2022

Location: Ashland City, TN, US, 37015

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

We are one of the leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.5 billion company with 140+ years history and we employ more than 12,000 individuals globally who pride themselves on providing the world with innovative water technology. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people.

Primary Function

This position is the senior HR Functional Leader in a large (1000+ employees) manufacturing facility in Ashland City TN (25 miles Northwest of Nashville TN).


Who You Are:

You are a HR professional who is looking for the next step in your career. You have a passion for working with people in a dynamic environment. You have an engaging style and a solution-focused approach. You enjoy helping others to develop their skills and you like collaboration and partnership with a wide variety of people. You love to make a positive impact every day and you want to grow your career.


What the HR Manager does:

  • Experience managing an HR Organization in a mid to large size (1,100 employees) water heating manufacturing facility in Ashland City, TN.  This position has 9 salaried direct reports and 6 hourly employees.  Specific areas of responsibility to include the following:
  • Align site HR objectives with the business to drive organizational value; actively partner with site leadership, North American leadership, and corporate human resource teams to drive continuous improvement towards expected business results.
  • Partner with site leaders to foster a culture of mutual trust and respect, maintaining the site's positive culture.
  • Lead continuous improvement of site's employee engagement efforts, providing consultation and recommendations to key stakeholders in the areas of talent management, employee relations, change management, performance management, safety, wellness, and other people initiatives.
  • Demonstrate solid floor presence to stay connected to the "pulse" of the employees; take a proactive approach towards improvement of identified opportunities.
  • Lead and/or be an active team member on corporate and business unit HR strategic initiatives.
  • Ensure processes and systems are in place for effective communication; maintain open and transparent lines of communication.
  • Model professional/personal development with self and team; continuously works with site leadership team to further ingrain employee development into culture.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory compliance agencies as it relates to labor, wage and hour and employment laws; actively supports corporation's commitment to Affirmative Action.


What we hope you bring with you:

  • Bachelor’s in human resources; Master's preferred.
  • PHR/SPHR preferred.
  • 10+ years of business/HR experience; prior experience as top HR professional at site preferred.
  • Experience working in a multi-shift manufacturing environment is a must. Experience with leading and developing exempt direct reports.
  • Demonstrated success with building trust and strong relationships with others; follows through on commitments.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills: involves the right stakeholders; asks the right questions; understands the interrelationships of variables; utilizes data, analytics, and other key inputs to make decisions; anticipates the "ripple effect" of decisions to the business and people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work through ambiguity, prioritizing effort and resources accordingly.
  • Demonstrated ability to flex and establish balance between tactical and strategic priorities.
  • Demonstrated success as project leader with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and achieve identified deliverables.
  • Utilizes creative and entrepreneurial approach towards continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with employees at all levels within the organization.
  • Solid project planning and organizational skills.
  • Fluent with MS Office and HRIS platforms.
  • Demonstrated success with getting results and adding organizational value in a fast-pace, change-oriented environment.

We Offer

Competitive base salary and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.  The opportunity to work with smart, fun, focused people who do really great work

If we sound like a fit for you and you for us…we would like to meet you!


Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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