Manager, Human Resources

Date: May 14, 2023

Location: Belpre, OH, US, 45714

Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world.  We are looking to hire a key member of our Human Resources team at our Belpre, Ohio location. 

This position serves as a key Business Partner to the site operations team.   The successful candidate will have a high functioning understanding of a wide breadth and depth of Human Resources including Benefits, Compensation, and Compliance.  They will support business growth and results by championing employee engagement, continuous improvement, and sustainability efforts.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Partners with employees and site leaders to communicate and give guidance on various Human Resources activities, policies, procedures, laws, standards, and government regulations. 
  • Possess high emotional intelligence with an ability to quickly assess and shift communications and actions to meet individual audience needs. 
  • Acts as a central point of coordination and management for local leave management.
  • Assess, analyze, and recommend action plans to maximize engagement, development, and organizational structure. 
  • Advise and direct on Employee Relations and effectively coach managers and supervisors.
  • Assess and aid in development of People on best practices to enable Supervisors to effectively engage, develop, and manage direct reports.
  • Ability to work effectively and interact in multiple environments, including but not limited to, virtual audiences, manufacturing environments, and a wide breadth of internal and external customers. 
  • Effectively managing and transitioning between administrative and professional level support responsibilities while meeting varying deadlines for each.
  • Develop Supervisors and Managers in leadership skills, by identifying opportunities and serving as a credible coach. 
  • Assuming an unbiased position, develop investigation plans for complaints and provide recommendations to leaders for resolution. 
  • Partner with Talent Management, Compensation and Benefits and HRIS to administer key programs and activities. 
  • Support hiring and onboarding processes at the local level which may include, but is not limited to screening, interviewing, onboarding training and other local recruitment activities.
  • Completes or assists in evaluation of reports, decisions, and results of department in relation to established goals, data, or key metrics.
  • Conduct exit activities for employees while respectfully transitioning employees to exit and ensure compliance and security of company assets. 



Required Skills

  • 5-10+ years of relevant Human Resource experience.
  • Experience required in a manufacturing, production, or other industrial environment. 
  • Proficiency with HR related software applications: HRIS (SuccessFactors, WorkDay), ATS, Time and Attendance System (UKG, Etime, ADP, Ceridian).
  • Ability to work effectively with SharePoint and Microsoft 365 platforms.  
  • Ability to maintain confidential information. 
  • Ability to travel <10% of the time.


Successful Candidates will possess:

  • A high level of Ownership and Autonomy and ability to resolve complex issues independently and display a continuous improvement mindset.  
  • Experience managing, developing, and driving projects throughout organizations and assisting with Change Management.
  • Demonstrate an employee forward focus and a desire to champion, coach, and develop others.
  • Ability to work and support interactions in a plant and office environment including potential support of activities outside of the standard working schedule.   

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management or related field is required.
  • HR Certification (SPHR, PHR, SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP) preferred.


The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification.  Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.

Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Nearest Major Market: Athens