Posted on: 2018-09-14

Job type: Permanent

Sector: Industry and Manufacturing


HR Generalist
Kapuskasing, Ontario

Rayonier Advanced Materials is a global manufacturer of forest products, including lumber, paper, packaging and a global leader of high purity cellulose, a natural polymer commonly found in cell phones, computer screens, filters and pharmaceuticals. With manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada and France, Rayonier Advanced Materials employs approximately 4,200 people and generates approximately US$2 billion of revenues. More information is available at


Contribute to the site's human resources function by playing an advisory role and demonstrating influential leadership by providing expertise in various HR fields, such as performance management, recruitment of staff and unionized employees, hiring and onboarding, absenteeism management, labor relations, organizational development, training needs assessment and benefits to assigned business units to achieve superior health and safety performance and deliver world-class HR services to build a high-performance workforce.
Responsibilities: (People)

* Promote and provide a safe workplace, seek improvements, and support the Health & Safety program.
* Maintain a site-wide communications program to inform, motivate and engage all concerned.
* Support compliance with collective agreement and sound union/management/employee relations.
* Provide expertise and advice to the site management and employees to help them achieve their business objectives.
* Assist in the performance management, talent development and succession planning processes to meet needs for competence across the site workforce.
* Assist and coach managers and supervisory teams in the day to day challenges pertaining to employee management as well as the application of HR policies and programs.
* Identify and ensure a systematic approach to training, coaching and mentoring for both staff and unionized employees.
* Report to the Manager, Human Resources, Kapuskasing Operations.

Responsibilities: (Operations)

* Understand fully the collective agreement, communicate its essentials to ensure correct interpretation, and monitor operations to ensure consistent application.
* Support management and supervisors in administration of disciplinary matters.
* Manage the grievance process, prepare for and participate in arbitration procedures and collective bargaining, and work with law firms as required.
* Collaborate in the collective agreement renewal process.
* Support and participate in the recruitment and hiring process.
* Lead and participate in the onboarding program for new and seasonal employees.
* Conduct exit interviews with employees who are leaving the Company.
* Assist and support all return-to-work (RTW) initiatives.
* Stay informed on all developments related to Human Resources and make recommendations to advance the site's interests.
* Work collaboratively with the site team as an experienced HR and organizational effectiveness professional, and participate in special projects as assigned.
* Serve as the company's representative on various joint committees.


* Education: Bachelor's degree in human resources or industrial relations.
* Experience: 7 to 12 years' experience in an industrial unionized environment, with proven management experience.
* Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and best practices.
* Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage priorities.
* Leadership and strong influence skills.
* Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
* Computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Human Resources Information System (HRIS).
* Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP)/ Certified Industrial Relations Counsellor (CIRC) designation is an asset.
* Bilingual: English and French (spoken and written) - preference will be given to English.

This plant:

* Kapuskasing's operations include the newsprint mill with some 350 employees, a sawmill with 125 employees, and a forest management operation with 100 employees.
* Planned as a model town, Kapuskasing is a bilingual community with a population of close to 10,000 that serves a number of smaller nearby communities.
* Housing costs in Kapuskasing are about a third of the Ontario average, and the area boasts good schools and health care.
* The area appeals to outdoor enthusiasts and offers many recreational activities - especially boating, fishing and hunting.
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