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Plant HR Manager


Whitehouse, OH, US

Job ID:  30967
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Permanent
Talent Area:  Human Resources

Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer care brands. Ardagh Group has a truly global presence. We operate 109 glass and metal manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, employing approxmately 23,500 people and have global sales of approxmately US$8.2 bn.

At Ardagh we have a reputation for innovation; pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. The unprecedented growth of our business has been driven by our unrivalled expertise, obsession with quality and commitment to continuous improvement.

We strongly believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential and where their achievements are celebrated. We are creating an exciting future for Ardagh that is built on our core values of trust, teamwork and excellence and we have opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines across our organization.

For more information on Ardagh Group, please visit www.ardaghgroup.com
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Purpose of the Job: 

Ardagh Group is seeking a Plant HR Manager for our beverage can plant in Whitehouse, OH. This position reports directly to the Plant Manager with a dotted-line reporting relationship to Corporate HR.  The Plant HR Manager functions as the HR Business Partner for a manufacturing facility in order to align HR objectives with strategic organizational objectives.  The successful candidate will work closely with and guide management in various areas such as employee relations, leadership development, change management, performance consulting, diversity management, conflict management, legal compliance, etc.  This position is viewed by the plant team as a partner, coach and resource.


Key Accountabilities: 

  • Works collaboratively with plant to improve business results and meet objectives.
  • Primary plant process owner for payroll and benefits.
  • Assists in developing effective long-term staffing plans to hire the right people in the right jobs at the right time.
  • Plan, develop, and implement wage and salary programs to align with business strategy and external competitive concerns.
  • Provide expertise to plant on leadership development, performance management, change management, resource planning, salary planning, etc.
  • Negotiate plant union contracts and manage labor relations activities.  Actively participate in all labor management meetings and work with union leadership to resolve employee concerns.
  • Consult with employees at all levels through listening objectively and then providing solutions that support positive business results.
  • Participate in the development of corporate and departmental goals and objectives with particular focus on alignment of various departments supported.
  • Educate and monitor management actions and decisions to maintain compliance with legal requirements.
  • Evaluate changing demographics, legal and technical developments in the field, and develop new programs to meet the corporation’s needs.
  • Challenge and direct the plant management team to apply Ardagh values to day-to-day actions and decisions.
  • Integrate Ardagh standards of Leadership into client systems such as Performance Management, Succession Planning, Selection process, etc.
  • Review personnel actions including merit increases, promotions, transfers and disciplinary actions.  Ensure all actions comply with internal and external controls.
  • Manage the uniform application of policies and procedures and the application of discipline. 
  • Manage and track safety training, plant incidents/accidents and safety programs, plus case management for worker’s compensation, to ensure our employees work in a safe environment.
  • Assist sector HR leadership in projects as needed.  



  • Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Master’s degree in HR preferred
  • Five years of progressive experience in Human Resources at a management level.
  • Experience independently identifying, developing and leading key strategic projects to meet corporate business goals.
  • Ability to guide efforts of plant-level HR resources to identify opportunities and lead change.
  • Knowledge of HRIS and payroll software to assure accurate record-keeping, reporting, and administrative compliance consistent with regulatory and internal practices. Ability to utilize available data for assessment of current state on progress of key initiatives. 
  • Previous experience driving positive results in a union environment.
  • Experience in establishing effective approaches to improve employee engagement.
  • Effective in problem-solving and dispute resolution.
  • Experience and comfort working in a team-based matrix environment at a high level.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and deadlines. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of employees especially during difficult and challenging situations.
  • Knowledge in the area of talent acquisition, performance management and retention.
  • Experience in preparing and delivering training to employees on a number of HR/policy topics.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.


Key Competencies: 

  • Ability to establish approaches to improve the effectiveness of employee engagement efforts.
  • This job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges while multi-tasking and using innovative methods to resolve issues.


Our Vision and Values
The people that make up Ardagh Group share much more than a strong brand and an excellent reputation. We each share a common vision: to be the preferred packaging partner to the world’s leading brands. We will achieve our vision by delivering customer innovation, providing an inspirational environment for our people and creating sustainable value for our business through its growth and development.

Ardagh Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Nearest Major Market: Toledo