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HR Generalist

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Human Resources Generalist is a member of a site Human Resources team and builds a strong partnership with assigned client groups, acting as key point of contact, coach and advisor for managers, and employees.  This includes the continuous assessment and monitoring and execution of various HR programs to drive employee engagement.  Partners with HR colleagues and leaders to implement programs and initiatives directly aligned to business strategy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage and assist with various employee engagement programs. Is responsible for maintaining an effective partnership with client groups to provide HR related information, answer questions and address concerns.  Provide timely feedback to client group.  Attends site department meetings to answer HR related questions and provide information on upcoming Company activities, changes or updates. Review and assist Supervisors with employee coaching sessions and corrective actions.  Administer and communicate company policy.  Conduct thorough ER investigations including preparing investigation summaries and providing recommendations. Owns the off-boarding process for client group by scheduling, conducting and documenting exit interviews and involuntary termination meetings
  • Partners with the Leaves Specialist to communicate and educate employees on leaves of absence.  Communicates qualifications and eligibility of different leaves of absence options for employees and their leaders, in coordination with the Leaves team.  Leads and participates in interactive process.
  • Conduct initial and ongoing HR training to employees. By guiding new employee onboarding process in partnership with the Learning and Development team. Provides training and communication on HR policy and process changes. Coaches and provides feedback on employee performance. 
  • Support the selection process for all location specific positions.  This includes participating in the interviews and selection of candidates for hourly and salaried positions. Participating in job fairs and similar events, representing the company. May create and updates job descriptions.
  • Is responsible for completion of hourly unemployment claim forms, responsible for management of all HR files.  Manages employee transfers and terminations in HRMS.  Coordinates posting and audit of compliance documents under the guidance of the HR Manager.

What You Will Need

  • High School Diploma plus 4 years’ related experience OR Associate's degree plus 2 years’ related experience OR Bachelor's degree plus 1 year related experience.
  • Knowledge of the functional areas of Human Resources management
  • Well-developed professional skills, unquestioned integrity, and the experience, confidence and presence to effectively handle interpersonal relationships and sensitive HR issues.
  • Excellent multi-tasking, time-management and prioritization skills
  • Proficiency in using MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, and Excel) 

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Bachelor's degree plus 2 year related experience OR Master’s degree in related field 
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification
  • Manufacturing experience a plus

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The work is primarily performed in an office environment and the physical demands are characteristic of a mostly sedentary role.  Specific details of the essential functions of the position is available in the Job Safety Analysis, made available on request. 

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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Salary Range: USD (70518.4 - 105777.6) ANN 

Nearest Major Market: Merced