Job Location:
Michigan City, IN

The Watts Water Technologies family of companies designs and manufactures valves and drains and related products that promote the comfort and safety of people and the quality, conservation and control of water used in commercial, residential, industrial, and municipal applications. Everything we design is made to keep the Earth's most precious resource safer, cleaner, and more useful for our customers.

Imagine a role where your HR expertise meets the buzzing energy of a manufacturing floor. As a HR Generalist, you will be at the forefront of managing diverse HR activities that propel our organization toward excellence and that create a great place to work. Your mission? To foster a workplace culture that not only meets but exceeds employee expectations and embraces a continuous improvement mindset.

Location: Onsite Michigan City onsite at Josam, a Watts Water company

You Will:

Talent Acquisition:

  • Collaborate with manufacturing managers to understand staffing needs and develop effective recruitment strategies tailored to the industry for direct labor (full-time and contingent).

  • Conduct interviews, assess candidate qualifications, and participate in the selection process, with a focus on skills relevant to manufacturing roles.

  • Manage the onboarding process for new hires, ensuring a seamless integration into the manufacturing environment.

Employee Relations:

  • Maintains a high level of visibility, accessibility, and interaction with manufacturing team members.

  • Coach and counsel employees, front line leaders and managers on employee relation matters, performance management and conflict resolution.

  • Utilize an empathetic approach to understanding employee concerns, answer questions and help employees through organizational change.

  • Conduct investigations into employee complaints, providing recommendations for resolution. Partner with the legal team as appropriate for all ethics related issues.

Performance Management:

  • Support the performance management process, providing guidance to supervisors and employees on performance expectations and development opportunities.

  • Assist in the implementation of performance improvement plans tailored to the manufacturing environment.

Continuous Improvement Leadership:

  • Lead and support continuous improvement initiatives within the manufacturing environment, collaborating with cross-functional teams to enhance processes and efficiency.

  • Apply Lean and Six Sigma principles to drive operational excellence in HR processes and employee relations.

  • Partner with the manufacturing team to identify key people metrics to continually monitor and improve the employee experience.

HR Policies and Compliance:

  • Ensure compliance with manufacturing-related employment laws and regulations.

  • Develop, update, and communicate HR policies and procedures, taking into account the specific requirements of the manufacturing sector.

HR Data Management:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date employee records and HRIS data, with a focus on manufacturing roles and qualifications.

  • Generate HR reports and analytics to support problem solving and discussion on the overall health of the organization.

You Have:

  • Proven experience working in HR roles within a manufacturing environment.

  • A bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field or equivalent work experience.

  • Understanding of the unique challenges and requirements of HR in manufacturing.

  • Experience leading or actively participating in continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to analyze situations to identify potential issues and propose solutions to mitigate risks.

  • An empathetic approach to understanding employee concerns.

  • Familiarity with HRIS and other relevant tools.  Workday experience a plus.

What’s In It For You:

  • People-First Culture – Enriching and caring for people is at the core of who we are; this includes our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy, and providing our employees with meaningful career growth opportunities, a positive and safe work environment, and affirmation that they are heard, valued, and respected.

  • 401K Plan

  • Flexible PTO & Generous Paid Holidays

  • Educational Assistance

  • Variety of Medical plan options – choose the one that is right for you!

  • Sustainability – One of Newsweek’s Top 400 of “America’s Most Responsible Companies” for sustainability performance, three years running.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the responsibilities of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. You must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

Work in both office and manufacturing environment. May occasionally be required to perform job responsibilities outside the typical office setting.