Generalist, HR


American Canyon, CA, US, 94503

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 11,000 passionate Employees working in more than 35 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role:


The HR Generalist will be responsible for assisting in the administration of HR processes and policies at the American Canyon location. This position carries out responsibilities in the following functional areas: benefits administration, employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, talent development, HRIS, onboarding, employee engagement, policy implementation, recruitment/employment, safety, affirmative action and employment law compliance.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Support the HR department in implementing programs to improve and enhance employee experience
  • Full cycle recruitment for all positions within site (resume review, screens, scheduling interviews, conducting interviews, pre-employment background, drug testing, etc.)
  • Conduct the on-boarding, orientation process and paperwork for all new joiners
  • Responsible for adequate staffing of temporary employees
  • Conduct general training to employee population on HR related topics
  • Responsible for the support of payroll changes and HRIS maintenance
  • Responsible for processing offboarding/leavers paperwork and exit interviews
  • Assist HR Manager with employee relations issues and seeks assistance with sensitive subjects when needed
  • Assist HR Manager with supporting the managers and employees with the targets and development programs.
  • Facilitate and educate employees on Workers Compensation, Short Term Disabilities and FMLA processes as needed
  • Assist in preparing monthly reports including KPIs and statistics
  • Answers employees general benefit questions and assists with enrollments of new employees, life events, pharmacy, COBRA events and PTO
  • Assist with coordinating and running wellness events and answering general wellness questions
  • Participate in and assist with implementation of safety initiatives and monthly safety meetings
  • Back up for reception area
  • Participate in special projects as needed
  • Perform other duties and assignments as directed


About you: 


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of HR generalist experience within a manufacturing environment preferred
  • 2 or 3 years of practical experience
  • Must be able to handle sensitive HR information in a confidential and professional manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written documents
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workload
  • Must work with a customer service mindset
  • Experienced processing payroll
  • Ability to work effectively with both employees and managers and convey a positive and professional image to applicants and employees.
  • Ability to make decisions and works well in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to freely move around the entire plant and office areas.
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • HR (PHR/SHRM) certification is preferred


If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.