Sumitomo Rubber USA manufactures and sells a wide range of automotive tires in the US and internationally. Located in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) our growing workforce produces over 4 Million tires annually for a variety of applications such as passenger cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles.

The transition to Sumitomo Rubber USA brings exciting new opportunities for the Company's existing and prospective employees in Western New York. Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., whose Global Headquarters is located in Kobe, Japan, has a rich and successful history dating back to 1909. This trend is set to continue with the Company's formal entrance into North America through the former Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America, Ltd. facility, and through planned investments into the Company's infrastructure, manufacturing processes, and work force.

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Human Resources Business Partner
Title:Human Resources Business Partner
Job Grade:E04
Location :Tonawanda, NY

Position Summary: Acts as a consultant to manufacturing management by guiding manufacturing leaders through the management of the hourly, unionized workforce within the maintenance department. This position will assist the HR & Labor Relations Manager in general labor relations tasks, provide support for salaried (non-union) employee relations and performance management, as well as assist with other assignments as assigned by the HR & Labor Relations Manager.

Reports to: HR & Labor Relations Manager

Essential Functions/Duties:

  • Develop and maintain expertise of both federal and state labor regulations, as well as the bargaining agreement, polices, and procedures associated with the union.
  • Acts as a neutral party to monitor and report individual and plant concerns; spend time daily on the production floor; develop the image of management by assisting managers in their relationships and applications of the policies (and if applicable, contracts).
  • Provide employee relations and performance management support to the HR & Labor Relations Manager.
  • Provide guidance to the maintenance department on implementation of policies including disciplinary action, grievances, job transfers, etc. insuring compliance to policies as well as fair and equitable implementation.
  • Manage payroll input and issues for the maintenance department. Includes attendance management.
  • Support Company-wide safety initiatives through incident review meetings, communicating with plant medical personnel, and other actions.
  • Provide support in contract negotiation efforts.
  • Support business center and plant performance metric achievements through the identification, development, and implementation of improved systems and processes.
  • Report on the effectiveness of plant programs, team meetings, task forces, etc. by formulating, conducting, and evaluating employee relations audits.
  • Complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  • Performs other related duties as required and assigned.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or related field; relevant work experience considered in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in an HR role. Equivalent facility experience also considered.
  • Must have experience in a manufacturing environment. Union experience highly preferred.
  • Must have excellent demonstrated interpersonal skills in dealing with both skilled and unskilled members of the workforce, as well as employee and Manager level individuals.
  • Demonstrated problem solving ability, research, analytical, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality in sensitive matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to act in good judgement and make informed decisions.
  • Demonstrated superior communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Required computer skills to include: MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook as well as hardware and software applications used in the Human Resources function.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and make decisions in a manner consistent with the role.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work well under pressure.
  • Excellent organization skills with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Highly motivated team player with a passion to succeed.
  • This position requires flexibility with assigned duties as well as willingness to take on new tasks.
  • Must be able to contribute in a fast-paced environment.

Sumitomo Rubber, USA offers competitive compensation and benefits packages. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply at

EOE M/F/Disabled/Veterans, Sumitomo Rubber, USA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

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