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Sr Human Resources (Hr) Generalist in Itasca, IL at Kester

Date Posted: 11/28/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    800 West Thorndale Avenue
    Itasca, IL
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 3 year(s)
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Job Description

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) is a diversified manufacturing company that delivers specialized expertise, innovative thinking and value-added products to meet critical customer needs in a variety of industries. ITW, with approximately $13.6 billion in global revenues, operates 7 major segments with businesses in 58 countries that employ approximately 45,000 women and men. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of more than 19,000 global patents and patent applications.


Kester is a $70 million global supplier of assembly materials to the electronic assembly, component, and microelectronic marketplaces. Our products include an array of basic and high-tech attachment materials including traditional soldering chemicals, paste, wire and bar products. We serve a worldwide customer base with facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Division Human Resources Director, the Senior HR Generalist is responsible for independently managing daily issues related to all phases of the employee life cycle, such as recruitment, hiring, compensation administration, employee relations, talent management and development, employee data maintenance, and reporting. This role will participate in local and Division-wide projects as part of a global HR team, by championing a continuous improvement mindset.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead full-cycle recruitment for all non-exempt and non-management exempt positions

  • Lead projects and processes regarding employee engagement, performance management, safety and departmental process improvements

  • Address employee relations concerns and provide coaching and support to managers as required

  • Develop and conduct training such as Harassment-Free Workplace, Performance Management, QBQ and Interviewing and Selection

  • Manage employee communication relative to Open Enrollment, Wellness and other initiatives

  • Conduct employee orientations and manage all new hire paperwork, workers compensation claims and leaves of absence 

  • Lead or support employee committees such as Social Committee, Safety Committee and Wellness Committee

  • Process payroll and provide monthly and quarterly reports to support HR and accounting relative to employment changes, vacation accrual, and headcount

  • Answer routine employee questions and inquiries related to wellness, benefits, and payroll; as well as manage all FMLA, STD, ADA and Worker’s Compensation cases

  • Manage all employee data within HRIS system and process weekly payroll in a timely and accurate manner. Audit HRIS system data for accuracy

  • Maintains knowledge of legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources functions and ensures policies, procedures and reporting are in compliance

  • Additional duties and tasks as assigned

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or equivalent work experience

  • 3-5 years’ experience in human resources including experience with recruitment & training processes, benefit and compensation administration, employee relations, and legal compliance requirements

  • Strong written/verbal communication skills; demonstrates good listening and coaching skills; able to communicate and work effectively with all levels in the organization

  • Ability to make independent decisions and regularly suggest ways to improve services and processes

  • Ability to use good judgment and discretion with highly confidential business and employee information

  • Computer literate and proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

  • Experience using Workday and Dayforce and Workday is preferred

  • Detail oriented, well organized and self-motivated

  • Strategic as well as tactical, versatile and results driven

  • Must be willing to travel as necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities.  Travel for this position is estimated to be 10%