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Director, Human Resources

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Date: Mar 28, 2021

Location: Allentown, PA, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER POLYMERS is the global technology leader in the development and production of redispersible powders, dispersions solid resins, powder binders and surface coating resins. At our Allentown site, we are currently looking for a  Director, Human Resources to join our growing team.


The Director, Human Resources, Polymers, will work in conjunction with the Polymers leadership team to support the Allentown, PA and Calvert City, KY locations. This is a highly visible full generalist position. This position supports Wacker Polymers Division as a business partner and  oversee all employee/labor relations activities fostering a climate of positive employee relations.



Job Responsibilities



  • Work as a Business Partner with the Polymers leadership team and ensure active participation in staff meetings
  • Guide and oversee the HR Manager in Calvert City, KY and build a strong working relationship with the Union leadership in Calvert City 
  • Work with centers of excellence to implement strategy for the following key areas:  talent acquisition and management, leadership development, employee relations, rewards and recognition, change management and operational excellence
  • Assists in the continued profitable growth of Wacker Polymers by participating in the planning process for the organization
  • Work closely with peers to ensure strategies and policies are aligned and consistently applied


Talent Acquisition, Management and Development

  • Work collaboratively to identify and implement the best strategies, processes and services to attract, develop, motivate and retain the best talent
  • In conjunction with Director, Talent Management and Development, direct talent management, talent assessment, career development and succession planning processes throughout the business
  • Assist in driving the Diversity strategy
  • Manage Affirmative Action Plan & compliance


Employee and Leadership Development

  • Work collaboratively with Director, Talent Management and Development and business group leaders to conduct comprehensive training and development .This will include a range of initiatives, including, but not limited to leadership development, 360-degree assessments, career development plans, leadership training, technical skill development, etc. 
  • Actively coach and provide guidance to managers and team members within the organization


Employee Relations and Employee Engagement

  • Promote positive work environment through compliance with Wacker standards and ensuring fair and consistent administration of policies and practices
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state legislation
  • Support development and launch of effective communications programs
  • Ensure positive working relationships with the union and at all levels of the organization
  • Drive retention and reward and recognition initiatives throughout division


Change Management

  • Contribute to organizational change management initiatives through planning and execution
  • Ensure open and timely communication


Safety/Worker Compensation

  • Work with Manager, Safety to ensure that we provide a safe work environment for employees
  • Work collaboratively to implement safety programs and initiatives, and audit results




Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management, Business or related field required
  • Masters degree in Human Resources Management, Business or related field, preferred
  • Minimum 10 years in the Human Resources field in a generalist function.
  • Leadership experience in a manufacturing organization
  • Experience supporting multiple locations
  • Union experience including; grievance handling, arbitrations and contract negotiations


Key Success Factors and Attributes

  • Thorough understanding of US and regional state human resources legislation and practices
  • Demonstrated strong HR generalist skills and abilities
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and problem solving capabilities
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Ability to handle multiple, complex projects in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • Proven effective ability to build relationships and influence thinking within an organization
  • Proven ability to drive consensus around difficult issues
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Excellent organizational skills and communication skills -– interpersonal, presentation, written, spoken
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to establish and manage priorities and expectations of demanding client groups
  • Strong credibility and professional competence with management team and operations management
  • Effective facilitation, teambuilding, negotiation and networking skills
  • Strong internal customer-focus
  • Ability to travel between locations, as needed
  • Competent in use of Microsoft Office


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations !


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
Reference Code: 2899 



The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Allentown