Golden State Foods

  • Director of Human Resources

    Location US-CA-Irvine
    Job ID
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    Leads and manages all Human Resources functions and activities throughout 18 distribution centers with approximately 2,000 associates to ensure that the Business Group recruits and retains a qualified workforce to meet internal and customer objectives. Partners with Business Group President to advance strategic initiatives and to align organization and talent around business objectives. Ensures compliance with labor, safety, and company rules and regulations.  Lead innovative and transformational change, top performance management and talent development, business improvements, and building culture.  


    REPORTS TO:    Group President and CHRO


    1. Leads and oversees the implementation, administration, and dissemination of information regarding all Human Resources functions including employment, labor relations, training, management development, associate programs, workers’ compensation, compensation, and benefits for exempt, non-exempt, and union associates, ensuring compliance with state, federal, and company policies, procedures, and regulations (e.g., FLSA, FMLA, EEO, ADA, Title VII). (40%)
    1. Engages as a business partner to the Business Group President, providing critical feedback relative to selection and development of personnel as well as organizational development strategies. (15%)
    1. Oversees the recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of exempt, non-exempt, and hourly associates to achieve required staffing levels and selection of the best qualified candidates. (15%)
    1. Oversees the administration of the company’s union contracts to ensure strong labor/management relations, compliance with contractual provisions, grievance processes and smooth operations. Engaging Corporate HR as required by company guidelines (10%)
    1. Collaborates in the continuous improvement of safety programs and practices to ensure compliance with business and company standards and regulatory agencies (e.g., OSHA, DOT, etc.) and to provide a safe and healthy environment for GSF associates. (10%)
    1. Administers performance management and appraisal programs to ensure program effectiveness. (10%)
    1. Performs other related and assigned duties as necessary.



    Provides oversight of human resource programs serving thousands of associates through a solid line relationship with field HR Managers and in collaboration with all business group leaders.



    • Productivity/quality standards:  accuracy, timeliness, thoroughness
    • Productivity/quality standards:  human resources recruitment and retention
    • Productivity/quality standards:  associate performance appraisal
    • Productivity/quality standards:  associate relations
    • Associate development
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Labor contract administration
    • Budget
    • Cost containment
    • Teamwork within the department and across departments
    • Project/assignment standards
    • Customer satisfaction
    • Safety standards and procedures:  associates


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Education and experience equivalent to:




    Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or labor-related field from an accredited college or university.

    Advanced degree and/or SPHR certified preferred.



    8 to 15 years of relevant work experience


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of (B/basic; J/journey; E/expert):
    • General Human Resources policies and procedures (E)
    • Labor contracts and labor union environment (E)
    • OSHA, EEO, ADA, and related employment, labor, and safety rules and regulations (E)
    • Management and supervisory concepts and techniques (E)
    • Recruitment and employment practices (J)
    • Relevant division concepts, procedures, and regulations (J)
    • Associate relations (E)
    • Training and associate development (E)
    • PC word processing/spreadsheet software (E)


    Skill and ability to:

    • Collaborate with senior executives to help drive strategy, execution and alignment
    • Communicate effectively with labor unions
    • Work effectively in a general business environment, with a focus on high levels of quality and customer service
    • Interpret labor or human resources anomalies and identify appropriate solutions
    • Communicate and coordinate effectively with associates at all organizational levels verbally and in writing
    • Prepare a variety of comprehensive administrative and technical documents and reports
    • Prepare and deliver presentations to management, external agencies, and associates
    • Act in accordance with GSF’s Values and Creed


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