Human Resource Manager

About our Client:

Our client, Gunderson, is owned by GBX and has been an integral part of the Portland landscape for over 100 years!  Gunderson manufacturers barges and railcars in their NW industrial area plant. The marine division is flourishing!  You will experience firsthand the tangible result of the hard work your employees put in to create ocean-going barges, including launch parties and watching as a completed project is celebrated and launched into the Willamette River.

They offer competitive salary and benefits, 20% bonus potential, free designated parking for HR staff, and a team looking to create and sustain a positive, collaborative, service-oriented culture to support the business. This is a role where you will have input and influence and shape the function of HR.

Job Summary

The Human Resources Manager will lead the Human Resources function within the plant to include recruiting, onboarding, compensation, benefits, leave, performance management, and employee relations to ensure that the plant maintains a positive and safe work environment. Partners with the Plant Manager and leadership team to develop and implement programs, processes, or actions to drive employee engagement and retention.

The HR Manager develops partnerships across the human resource department to facilitate value-added services to leadership and employees that reflect the business values and objectives.  The HR Manager provides project support and oversight for human resource initiatives.  Responsibilities also include assisting in the development of company staff by providing support to enhance employee performance in the workplace, including the management of the employee relations function.

Primary Responsibilities

The following duties are typical for this role. Other duties may be assigned to address business needs

and changing business practices.

Recruitment, onboarding, rollout of training, safety/accident prevention, employee relations, affirmative

action, compensation, and employee benefit programs.

Partner with operational leadership on the development of project implementations, planning/scheduling,

resource requirements, and deployment/allocation of resources

Ability to establish rapport and credibility with employees and leadership

Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations

Be a champion of IDEAL, our diversity, inclusion, and equity initiative

Ownership of performance management and employee leave programs

Guide managers to resolve issues as well as advise on disciplinary actions

Conducts timely and appropriate investigations when workplace issues arise

Participate in accident and incident investigations and assist with the modification and new

development of safety policies and procedures

In collaboration with corporate and other human resources unit leaders across the Company, be

accountable for deploying company policies, initiatives, performance management, benefits, wellness,

and employee development

Desired Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field required

7 years of human resource experience with progressive growth (recruitment, training/development,

performance management, employee relations, payroll, and benefits) 3 years in a senior-level HR role.

Experience within Manufacturing is required

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and familiarity with HRIS systems

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, conflict resolution, and employee counseling


Knowledge of federal and state labor employment laws and regulatory compliance

Ability to use good judgment to escalate HR concerns to management as appropriate

Maintains confidentiality and exercises good judgment with sensitive information

Ability to speak to groups and give presentations to all levels of the Company

Familiar with Industrial safety and Workers’ compensation

Wendy Kent

Wendy Kent

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