HR Manager – USA

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Wärtsilä Americas is seeking an experienced HR Manager to join our global organization.

As the HR Manager for our Energy Storage & Optimisation (ES&O) business in the Americas region, you will play a crucial role in fostering a positive and productive work environment for our ES&O employees. You will work closely with line managers and the People Services and Talent Acquisition teams in the Americas region as well as other regional counterparts across the globe to ensure continuity, consistency, and support across all ES&O people-related matters, and you will also have frequent interaction with the Business HR Manager for ES&O.

The Energy Storage & Optimisation business is enjoying significant growth and will continue this growth trajectory in 2024. ES&O supports the renewable energy transition by providing flexibility solutions and the advanced GEMS Digital Energy Platform, which connects energy assets to energy markets in technically and economically optimized manners.

This position reports to the Head of HR, People Services, Americas Region, and can be based in Houston, TX, or Herndon, VA. We offer support to organizations from every region in the world with a hybrid work environment to ensure that no matter where you are, our employees will get the support they need.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Support & coach Line Managers to drive team performance.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other country HR colleagues when needed.
  • Consult with Line Managers about organizational change management.
  • Support Line Managers with employee engagement action planning via annual employee surveys and bi-annual pulse surveys.
  • Increase employee engagement and build a culture of fairness, diversity, and inclusion (wellbeing).
  • Participate in relevant business management teams and collaborate with relevant Business HR to address business-specific initiatives.
  • Talent Acquisition: Oversee the recruitment and onboarding process in partnership with our Talent Acquisition team and hiring managers, ensuring the acquisition of top-tier talent to support company objectives.
  • Talent Management: Facilitate annual talent assessments and succession planning down to Level 5 in the ES&O organization and ensure line managers are following development plans every quarter.
  • Employee Relations: Act as a point of contact for employee relations, providing guidance and resolution for workplace issues. Foster a positive and inclusive work culture. Partner with line managers on employee relations actions, including employee investigations, employee engagement, discipline, and terminations.
  • Performance Management: Facilitate the global performance and rewards objectives and annual processes in the country and guide managers and employees through these processes.
  • Compensation and Benefits: Collaborate with HR management to review and update compensation and benefits programs to remain competitive and aligned with industry standards; act as the focal point for in-country benefits and manage HR external vendors. Facilitate the global compensation and benefits annual processes in the country and guide managers and employees through these processes.
  • Compliance and Policy: Knowledgeable with country compliance. Ensure all HR policies and procedures remain updated, including the country HR Handbook.
  • Labor Law: Keep abreast of the legal environment and Labor law updates, educating management and employees as appropriate, and advising management on needed actions.
  • Together with the team, contribute to the continuous development of the Region and Global ways of working, identifying areas for improvement and opportunities for automation & digitalization.
  • Regular collaboration with the different HR Teams, e.g. Talent Acquisition Services, Rewarding, HR Information Systems, among others, and with local HR Teams within your Region. Actively engage and participate as a member of the Americas People Services HR team.

If you are people-oriented, passionate about operational excellence, and foster a culture of people-centricity, you will fit right in!

The below will enable you to be successful in this role:

  • Excellent communication skills, able to work effectively within a team and deliver services based on cultural sensitivity.
  • Natural ability to collaborate successfully with others, seeking opportunities for improvement and optimization.
  • Relevant higher education qualification e.g. Business Administration or Human Resources or equivalently qualified by experience.
  • Minimum 8 years of HR experience
  • Fluency in English both written and verbal. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus, but not required.

Last application date: 25/03/2024

Successful applicants must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.

Individuals hired for positions that require on-site customer interactions and/or in-person travel may be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or other country-specific vaccinations unless otherwise prohibited by law.

Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.

At Wärtsilä we value, respect and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

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