HR Director

Date: Sep 29, 2023

Location: Jacksonville, FL, US, 32256

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 Resource team at our Jacksonville, Florida location. 


The HR Director I is responsible for providing leadership in developing and executing human resources strategy in support of the global corporate functional business plans and strategic direction of those functions, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational design, performance management, employee relations, and compensation. The HR Director provides strategic leadership by articulating Human Resource needs and actionable plans to their designated business partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Acts as the Business Partners to US Operations and Manufacturing locations, covering five different plant sites 
  • Provides appropriate support to leaders to ensure delivery of HR processes and policies 
  • Provides support on organizational changes, restructuring and change management efforts
  • Ensures strategic work force planning and staffing objectives are met 
  • Defines, develop and execute effective HR business processes; Evaluate and implement best practices where applicable; Track key HR metrics to ensure results are meeting defined expectations 
  • Leads and manages labor relations and union negotiations for designated locations, including contract administration, negotiation preparation, contingency planning, and lead spokesperson activities 
  • Ensures positive employees relations training is updated a delivered regularly to replant sites and groups
  • Provides general counsel and direction on the performance management process; Organizes and ensures completion of annual talent review process 
  • Collaborates with business leaders to create effective employee development and succession plans
  • Partners with the Total Rewards team to develop and execute the Kraton total rewards program 
  • Ensures compliance with all employment laws
  • Provides counsel to employees and managers on an ad hoc basis, as necessary
  • This position reports directly to the CHRO but has strong dotted line/working relationships with the Operations Functional leaders.

Required Skills

  • 7-10 years of progressive human resources experience (preferable some in manufacturing or production environment)
  • Experience in leading union labor relations and contract negotiations in a 1st chair position is REQUIRED to be considered for this role.
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing and executing strategic HR plans that align with business goals
  • Expert in collaborating with managers to develop strategies, resolve organizational and employee issues and support learning and development goals
  • Thorough knowledge of talent and leadership management principles
  • Proven ability to attract and retain talent as well as build and motivate high performing teams

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Masters or advanced degree is a plus.
  • SPHR or other related certifications are 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: Jacksonville