Generalist, HR


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

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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 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 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: 


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The HR Generalist is responsible for driving the administration of HR processes and policies at the Chicago Corporate Office. 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: 


  • Responsible for implementing/driving programs to enhance employee engagement and improve the employee experience
  • Support the TA team with pre-employment background, drug testing, new hire data entry, etc.
  • Support the onboarding, orientation process and paperwork for all new joiners
  • Partner with TA 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 as the ‘super user’ of SuccessFactors and ADP payroll
  • Responsible for processing off-boarding/leavers paperwork and exit interviews; support with unemployment hearings as necessary
  • Support with employee relations issues and seeks assistance with sensitive subjects and performance concerns when needed
  • Follow up on training and development programs for managers and employees
  • Facilitate and educate employees on Workers Compensation, Short Term Disability, Leave of Absence and FMLA processes as needed
  • Assist in preparing monthly reports including KPIs and statistics
  • Answer employee general benefit questions and assists with enrollments of new employees, life events, pharmacy, COBRA events and PTO
  • Coordinate wellness events and answer general wellness questions
  • Participate in and assist with implementation of safety initiatives and monthly safety meetings
  • Perform other duties and assignments as directed
  • Participate in special projects as needed


About you:


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • HR (PHR/SHRM) certification is preferred
  • 3+ years of HR generalist experience within a manufacturing environment preferred
  • 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 work 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


What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

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

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