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Human Resources Director

Waste Management Germantown Full-Time
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Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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We are a Fortune 250 company and the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism, and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production URL blocked - click to applyURL blocked - click to apply

In the simplest terms, our values come down to this: Do the Right Thing. The Right Way. This idea sets the standard for our fundamental commitments and core values and guides our daily actions and decisions. We are committed to our people first and success with integrity. We are guided in that by our values of Inclusion & Diversity, Customers placed at the center of what we do, Safety with zero tolerance for unsafe actions and conditions, and the  stewardship of the environment as champion for sustainability.

As Area Director - Human Resources you are the business partner planning, leading, developing, and transforming Human Resources practices and programs for our field operations business in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, MI.  Our Area has $800 million in revenue, approximately 100 locations and over 2200 employees.

You partner with the Area Vice President and the Area Leadership team to build and extend a highly effective organization which enables the Area and its team members to achieve its short and long-term goals.

Your team consists of 9 highly skilled HR Managers, HR Generalists, and HR Coordinators.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned. 

  • Participates in decision-making processes from a human resource perspective, identifying the effect of human factors on long-range business planning, interpreting Corporate and Division human resource policy, formulating and recommending new policy, and recommending change in existing policy to meet business goals and objectives.
  • Anticipates and plans for change in human resource area as to: organizational structure, employee motivation and staffing, and total reward systems. Works with management to resolve conflict or controversy to facilitate achievement of established business objectives. Anticipates human resource issues and problems and prepares alternatives and contingency plans.
  • Recommends and reports on proper ratios of productivity, considering relationship of human resource costs to profits. Reviews and measures accomplishments; sets standards for performance measurement.
  • Coordinates and implements operational human resource objectives, including: staffing requirements, employee selection, training and development, rewards (fixed, variable, non-cash), employee relations, employee communication, and compliance with EEO and other laws.
  • Partners with management team in developing bench strength – i.e. Succession planning, performance management, training, diversity.
  • Acts as confidante to management on all matters of business; provides human resource guidance and counsel to managers and employees; counsels managers regarding disciplinary actions.
  • Leads the salary and benefit programs, including fixed and variable compensation plans.
  • Manages the staffing/employment function, including college relations and co-op programs; prepares, implements, and reports on progress of the Company’s Affirmative Action Plan.
  • May be responsible for managing the Labor Relations function which includes the grievance process, arbitration procedure, collective bargaining, and other related activities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The highest level of supervisory skills required in this job is the management of managerial employees. This includes:

  • Direct supervision of 5 full-time employees, including: 
  • Indirect supervision of 4 full-time employees.

IV. Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree (accredited) in Human Resources, Business Administration or similar area of study, or in lieu of degree, High School Diploma or GED (accredited) and 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience: Ten years of relevant work experience (in addition to education requirement).
  • Experience preferred:  Lead HR function for multiple locations. Proven success in employee development and retention.  Experience in an operational role and/or partnering with operations to drive results.

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations, or Other Requirements

  • None required.

C. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required

  • Strong analytical and diagnostic skills; understands business strategies/P&L, develops HR strategies that drives business results.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills – ability to influence.

Work Environment

Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Normal setting for this job is: office setting.


At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, and Short-Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking to build on and drive your success, please click 'Apply.”

I understand that applying to this job indicates that I have the legal right to work in the United States. I agree to perform physical duties of this position as outlined in the job with or without reasonable accommodations. I understand that if offered the position, I will be required to pass a drug screen.

Skills required

Performance Management
Training And Development
Senior Professional In Human Resources
Workforce Planning
Industrial Relations
Succession Planning
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