Sr. Site HR Manager

Human Resources Morton Grove, Illinois


Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: Xylem is seeking a Senior Site HR Manager to lead HR functions at our Morton Grove, IL facility. This is an exciting opportunity to join Xylem in our efforts to provide products and systems for the efficient movement and use of water in homes, commercial buildings, light industry, agriculture and irrigation. Xylem employees share a passion for meeting the world’s needs by offering the best water solutions to our customers. Xylem seeks employees with the ingenuity, skill and passion to help solve the world’s water challenges.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead HR team to implement initiatives and programs and provide HR service in: labor relations, recruiting & staffing, employee relations, engagement & retention, performance management, employee development and training, organizational effectiveness, compensation, rewards and recognition, succession planning, health & welfare benefits, regulatory and company compliance, and Affirmative Action/EEO compliance.
  • Participate as member of site leadership team and HR function Projects & initiatives.    
  • With a continuous improvement mindset, support/facilitate organizational change initiatives
  • Develop and implement initiatives to advance purpose-driven, inclusive, equitable, productive culture and drive diversity
  • Analyze, Monitor, gain insights and report on key HR metrics
  • Investigate and resolve employee conflicts, ombuds and Ethics hotline concerns. Consult with internal and external legal counsel as applicable on employment matters.
  • Facilitate the implementation and strengthening of talent management practices to include performance management talent development, and succession planning.
  • Ensure effective programs are in place onboard new employees, train existing employees, explain relevant compensation/benefit programs, facilitate off-boarding etc.
  • Conduct various instructor led training classes for employee and manager groups on topics including Code of Conduct, Performance Management, anti-harassment, etc.     
  • Improve manager and employee performance by identifying and clarifying problems; assisting in the interpretation of policies and procedures, evaluating potential solutions; implementing selected solutions; coaching and counseling managers and employees, etc.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the company's, values, culture operations and organization structure to support and promote Xylem's vision, mission and strategies. Identify, recommend and develop process, policy and procedural improvements in alignment with current Federal and State laws.
  • Responsible for all union related functions at the facility to include labor agreement preparation and heavy participation at the negotiation table; negotiation and approval of all local union agreements; primary resource for contract interpretation and compliance; primary role in grievance procedure including third step hearings; manages union/supervision relations; ensures training of supervisors on labor agreement and/or labor law; responsible for all employee relation issues for union employees; prepares arbitration cases.
  • Works with United Auto Workers Local and International Union on Labor Agreement issues, grievances, arbitrations, negotiations, etc.                                           
  • Participation in and cultivate a culture of volunteerism through development and participation of Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a business-related field, preferably Human Resources.
  • 7+ years’ experience participating in the development and execution of human resource processes and initiatives.
  • 5+ years direct experience in Labor Relations with administration of Union Labor agreement.
  • Experience Managing and implementing HR initiatives, Affirmative Action Plans, Policies and Procedures.
  • Strong Collaboration, consultative, presentation, and analytical skills.                                                                                        
  • Strong organization and business communications skills (oral and written) are required                                                          
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft products, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Business System and HRIS system knowledge, Workday experience preferred.
  • Experience Managing a team of HR Professionals
  • Continuous Improvement certification a strong plus

  We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development –To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards –We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark– Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks– Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Light lifting (20-25 lbs.), office environment
  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.