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Penske Area Human Resources Manager - Transportation/Logistics (Penske Logistics) in Shelbyville, Indiana


Position Summary:

Supporting a 90% non-exempt, based workforce (both union and non-union), this position is a key member of the Area management team, responsible for supporting our managers and associates in Shelbyville, Indiana; Keller, Texas; and the Detroit, Michigan area. This position reports directly to the Area Vice President with a strong matrix relationship to corporate HR.

This role will support 4 locations with over 1800 associates in warehouse, clerical, and supervisory/managerial positions with continuing growth. The role will provide leadership to multiple HR Managers, HR Representatives, Recruiters, and HR support staff.

The Area HR Manager oversees all talent management activities for the Area including: talent acquisition and new hire orientation; talent development; performance management; associate and labor relations; benefits communications; compensation; and relocation issues. Working closely with the Area staff, the position will require a proactive approach to ensuring that we have the right associates in the right jobs and who are fully engaged, with strong benches to ensure sustained business success.

This Area HR Manager opportunity requires someone with strong communications/influencing skills who is self-driven, embraces change, and has a comfort level working in a matrixed reporting relationship.


Staffing: Supports centralized recruiting team in resolving issues around requisition accuracy, approval chains, and manager responsiveness. Takes an active role in supporting recruiting activity for jobs like warehouse associates, administrative, truck drivers, etc. Maintains relationship with supply chain colleges. Understands Area's Affirmative Action Plans and partners with recruiting team to advise them on opportunities to access local diverse recruiting sources. Provides compensation recommendations to management and / or recruiter. Actively participates in interview process, especially for supervisor and above roles, and reviews all candidates' applications prior to hire. Analyzes recruiting and turnover trends (good hires vs bad hires) and follows up on Area basis.

Associate Development: Maintains oversight of high performers in certain roles and ensures that development plans for those associates are in place. Actively works with Workforce Planning tools, and other talent management tools to "build the bench" for the Area. Leverages training tools such as SkillSoft and educates managers regarding training availability. Conducts classroom / webinar training as necessary. Mentors Supply Chain Leadership Trainees for the area and ensures that all associates have access to appropriate job-related functional training.

Performance Management: Actively engages management team in performance management process from a training and coaching standpoint, and ensures follow-up on performance improvement plans.

Training and Development: Provides HR associate and manager training as needed, including performance management, selection skills, safety, workplace violence, harassment in the workplace, equal opportunity, wage and hour laws, diversity, leadership, and other Area-focus topics.

Labor Relations: Conducts regular union risk assessments at locations and union avoidance training beginning with high-risk non-union locations. Acts as first responder at first signs of unionization efforts in non-union locations. Establishes relationship with local shop stewards and union business agents. Co-owns 1st and 2nd step grievance resolution with local management, and assists with arbitration preparation. Participates in contract negotiations as appropriate.

Associate Relations: Advises associate and management on the interpretation of personnel policies, programs, and procedures. Conducts location HR audits and ensures HR compliance. Investigates associate complaints and works with manager/Legal to respond and resolve, elevating serious or complex issues to HR Business Partner and/or Corporate Security. Ensures that all associates are aware of the Ombuds program, the Problem Solving Process, and HR access.

Wage and Hour: Regularly analyzes area associate data, and scans for correct information, compensation parity (Equal Pay Act), FLSA compliance, consistent practices according to Penske policy, etc. Explains PTO policy to managers and associates. Facilitates resolution of payroll issues in a timely manner, taking steps to avoid similar issues in the future.

Compensation and Benefits: Responsible for communicating benefits to all managers and associates on a regular basis, and for encouraging participation in Company's 401k plans. Also responsible for gathering and maintaining market data on pay and benefits, and feeding such information to the Corporate Comp and Pricing teams.

Diversity: Ensures that Area and Local management teams foster an inclusive work environment, and have taken Diversity Awareness Training. Ensure managers' understanding of equal opportunity in the workplace. Act as a conduit with field management and the legal department in providing required information around EEO claims, such as signed statements, identification of witnesses, etc.

Analytics: Provides Area staff with relevant and meaningful HR metrics and analytics as required, using tools such as Citrix, Oracle, Salary Admin, Taleo, Fleet Manager, etc. Analyzes turnover, retention, LOA, workers comp, and exit interview data to determine human capital strategies for the Area.

Absence Management: Actively manages associates out on LOA for any reason. Reviews unexcused absence abuse and works with manager to take required corrective actions. Reviews LOA reports for trending and anomalies. Explains workers comp, disability and FMLA processes to managers and encourages use of toll-free numbers for handling.

Due Diligence: Conducts HR due diligence for new business acquisitions and facilitates new business HR transition, to include issues relating to benefits, compensation, completing and executing on Local Procedures Manual, and related activities.

Associate Engagement: Drives Associate Opinion Survey Action Planning at the location level and ensures that plans are being carried out.


• Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred

• 2 years of Logistics/Supply Chain experience

• SHRM or HRCI Certification(s) preferred

• Union experience preferred

• 6 years of progressive Human Resources experience in more than one facet of HR preferred, relevant experience will be considered

• Experience working with grocery distribution is strongly preferred

• Creative, independent self-starter who excels in a fast paced environment

• Agile and quick learner, enjoys collaborative projects and continuous education

• Ability to understand the business operations from a strategic and tactical perspective

• Must be a confident communicator, (including written, and verbal skills) and able to effectively champion ideas, influence, and present to Leadership

• Ability to effectively manage multiple projects with competing priorities, diverse audiences and challenging environments

• Knowledge of employment law and regulatory compliance issues (deeper knowledge required for certain states, such as CA, MA, etc.)

• Must possess a high level of honesty, integrity, and ethics

• Regular, predictable, full attendance is an essential function of the job

• Ability to travel as necessary (approximately 50%), work the required schedule, work at the specific location required

• Must complete Penske employment application, submit to a background investigation (to include past employment, education, and criminal history) and drug screening

Physical Requirements:

-The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

-The associate will be required to: read; communicate verbally and/or in written form; remember and analyze certain information; and remember and understand certain instructions or guidelines.

-While performing the duties of this job, the associate may be required to stand, walk, and sit. The associate is frequently required to use hands to touch, handle, and feel, and to reach with hands and arms. The associate must be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25lbs/12kg.

-Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Penske is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, is a partnership of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates a premier fleet of vehicles and serves its customers from locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Penske’s product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions. Visit to learn more.

Work Locations: 4301 N 125 W Shelbyville, IN 46176

Primary Location: United States-Indiana-Shelbyville

Zip: 46176

Job: Human Resources

Penske (Oracle) Job Name: Human Resources

Req ID: 1906534