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Plant Human Resources Manager

Ventura Foods

Ventura Foods

People & HR
St Joseph, MO, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2023


Location: St. Joseph, MO 

Exemption: Exempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Develop and implement human resources policies, programs and services including recruitment, selection, retention, legal compliance, negotiations with unions, employee relations, employee benefits, employment practices and procedures and employee communications. Serve as an internal consultant to facility management team, supervisors and employees on personnel issues that affect performance and business relationships while fostering a workplace environment consistent with the values and mission outlined by leadership of Ventura Foods. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with operations manager and other members of management in recommending new approaches, policies and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of various departments and services performed.
  • Ensures uniform compliance with personnel policies by managing and reviewing all discipline, investigations and worker’s compensation claims while reporting findings to operations manager and involving Vice President Field Human Resources when necessary.
  • Responsible for managing overall performance, management and people planning and employee engagement efforts.
  • Conducts recruitment effort for all exempt and nonexempt personnel to fill various job openings. Reviews job applications and interviews applicants to match experience with specific job related requirements.
  • Responsible for compliance with federal and state legislation pertaining to all personnel and payroll matters and communicating those changes to appropriate staff.
  • Develops and administers various human resources procedures for facility; monitoring to ensure proper implementation and interpretation. Represents management in investigating, answering and settling grievances by arranging and scheduling grievance hearings between union personnel, supervisor and the management team.
  • Maintains working relationship with union officials and adheres to terms of labor contract by ensuring day-to-day implementation of policies concerning wages, hours and working conditions.
  • Oversees personnel record keeping related to new hire, employee review, promotions, transfers, employee benefits, separations and exit interviews.
  • Responsible for assuring compliance with all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls.
  • Other duties as assigned; travel may be required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years experience in the Human Resources field, including direct people leadership/management experience required.
  • Experience/involvement in employee training strategy and implementation.
  • Knowledge of employee benefits & knowledge of payroll procedures.
  • Experience with talent assessment & succession planning.
  • Ability to travel 5%.
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred.
  • Onsite manufacturing HR experience at manager level strongly preferred.
  • Union avoidance experience highly desired.                                    

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to objectively coach employees and management through complex, difficult, and emotional issues.  
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of personnel administration, payroll, employee benefits.  
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills.  
  • Ability to observe confidentiality.  
  • Ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures and regulation or government law.  
  • Knowledge of employment law and other government compliance regulations.                              


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.