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HR Generalist


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The Rome Mill is currently seeking a HR Generalist.

Position Scope:

The HR Generalist supports approximately 520+ employees in a unionized facility.  This “hands-on” position requires significant interaction and visibility to all levels of the organization, departments, and all shifts across the mill.  It is an exciting opportunity for someone who desires to be a change leader influencing results for the customers they support.  We are looking for an intrinsically motivated, learning agile, and engaged team member that has an interest and background providing Human Resources support in a manufacturing environment.  The HR Generalist reports to the HR Manager.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an employee advocate and business partner.
  • Knowledgeable to answer various hourly/salary human resource related questions.
  • Ensure that human resources record retention is accurate and up to day based on the Records Retention Compliance Certification Process.
  • Have a good working relationship with the Union.
  • Partner with leaders to develop work system improvements to raise employee engagement and positively impact business profitability. 
  • Educate, coach and counsel leaders and team members on job performance, employee development and diversity to build work teams who fully contribute to meeting or exceeding business goals.
  • Recruit and on-board hourly and salaried employees utilizing selection tools and competency model.
  • Identify training and education needs, implement cost-effective delivery, and ensure processes are in place to sustain ongoing training and development efforts to meet training and education needs.
  • Identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting Human Resources functions. Ensure personnel decisions, policies, procedures and reporting requirements are in compliance with regulatory requirements and IP core values.
  • Promote and participate in the planning and implementation of communication strategies which deliver accurate, consistent and timely information on business issues and employee concerns.
  • Identify and implement improvement opportunities for current processes and practices to enhance efficiencies and provide superior customer service.
  • Lead or provide support in workplace investigations.
  • Provide counsel to leadership on all employee relations matters through coaching and education on the interpretation and consistent application of company employment policies.


Desired Skills:

Successful candidate should have the ability to:

  • Instill safety as a core value within the team and effectively communicate a shared vision for safety
  • Utilize excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate to groups and individuals at all levels
  • Approach positional responsibilities in an inclusive manner by engaging all team members in area, department, and mill
  • Utilize strong organizational skills to handle multiple tasks effectively


 Required Experience:

  • An undergraduate degree in Human Resources or a related subject with 3 to 5 years of experience working in a manufacturing setting; an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Experience leading or participating in performance management, conducting investigations, policy management, recruitment, succession / workforce planning, employee engagement, and training and development
  • Experience working with SucessFactors and SAP is preferred
  • Must have strong computer experience using Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Experience working in a manufacturing/industrial environment is preferred
  • Requires effective meeting skills/leadership skills when called upon to facilitate meetings
  • Additionally, the ability to clearly explain and articulate instructions/procedures for training purposes

Desired Competencies:

  • Action Oriented, Timely Decision Making, Decision Quality, Organizing, Perseverance, Priority Setting, Problem Solving, Drive for Results, Time Management, Customer Focus, Integrity & Trust, Interpersonal Savvy, Listening, Peer Relationships, Dealing with Ambiguity, Functional/Technical Skills, Learning on the Fly, Self-Development, Technical Learning, Planning.


International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Rome, GA, US, 30165

Category:  Human Resources
Date:  Nov 23, 2021

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