Food and beverage processing businesses have facilities employing hundreds of professionals across multiple departments. From plant employees to corporate and administrative functions—there are over 280,000 people employed across Canada.
Helping manage all matters related to employees are human resources professionals. Some of their tasks include finding, screening, recruiting, training job applicants, and administering employee-benefit programs. They are also involved in job termination proceedings, disciplinary actions and are responsible for keeping up to date with any laws that may affect the company and its employees.
Here is a look at several human resources jobs in the food and beverage processing industry.
Human Resources Manager
Human resources managers plan, coordinate, and direct the administrative functions involving employees within a company.
They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. Some of their key tasks include:
- Oversee recruiting new employees and ensuring a smooth onboarding process.
- Help Resolve employee conflicts through positive and professional mediation.
- Develop and communicate employee policies
- Handling workplace investigations, disciplinary and termination procedures.
- Leading the team of junior human resource managers and other staff.
Human resources managers hold a bachelor’s degree in human resources management or equivalent. They also need around 5 years of previous experience of human resources-related work experience.
A recruiter’s role is to meet the company’s hiring goals by filling open positions with talented and qualified candidates. They’re usually responsible for the full recruiting process. This includes sourcing and screening candidates, coordinating the interviews, and facilitating offers and employment negotiations. Their job is to make the whole process a pleasant experience for candidates and new hires.
In terms of education, recruiters have Bachelor’s degree in business administration or human resources. Other skills include being detail-oriented and having excellent interpersonal skills.
Benefits specialists are in charge of the company’s benefits programs. This includes retirement plans, leave policies, wellness programs, and any insurance policies including life insurance, health insurance, and disability insurance the company may offer employees.
Their key tasks include researching and analyzing benefit plans, policies, and programs. They make recommendations from findings in their analysis and frequently monitor government regulation legislation and other benefit trends to ensure their company’s programs remain current, legal, and competitive.
In terms of education, Benefits specialists are usually required to have a bachelor’s degree in human resources or a related field such as business administration or finance. Some companies may require their benefits specialists have master’s degrees. Several years of working in a company’s human resources department may also be required.
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