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Human Resources Business Partner

Date: Jul 30, 2022

Location: Nashville, TN, US, 37228

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

About Us

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and 15,000+ employees. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.


With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the global reach to serve customers worldwide. A. O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees.  When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future. If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build an amazing career at A. O. Smith.


This role is located in our modern Nashville office, located just minutes from downtown in Metro Center, with easy interstate access and free parking. 

Primary Function

Designs, implements and monitors a variety of human resource programs for multiple Business Units in the Metro Center Nashville location. Anticipates and plans for long-term human resource needs and trends in partnership with business management including the SVP CIO and SVP, Global Manufacturing.


  • Lead human resources, safety, training, labor relations, comp/benefits, payroll and security functions
  • Align site HR objectives with the businesses 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 leadership team 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.
  • Lead all Safety efforts maintain a world-class safety culture, preventing lost time accidents and reducing worker's compensation costs.
  • Utilize solid employee presence and other tactics 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 teams 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.
  • Represent A.O. Smith appropriately in the community, seeking opportunities to maximize and reinforce A.O. Smith's reputation as the employer of choice in various regions.


  • At least three years of HR Generalist experience, with expertise in supporting salaried exempt professionals.
  • Demonstrated success in 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.

We Offer

Competitive compensation package 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. 

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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