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US Foods HR Director-Specialty Business - Virtual US in Illinois, Illinois

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Location: Virtual US

The HR Direct Specialty Business leads human resources practices and initiatives across the multiple Specialty businesses, driving a high-performance culture that emphasizes quality, productivity, continuous improvement, goal attainment, recruitment and ongoing development of employees. Oversees human resources activities of Specialty Business’ employee relations matters including company values and culture, , organizational structure, employee/management advocacy, talent assessment, recruitment and selection. Accountable for maintaining and impacting human resources metrics that support the achievement of the organization's business goals.


Lead multi-site HR function including virtual leadership of HR staff in various Specialty Business units, including Stock Yards, Freshway Foods, Chef’Store, and Culinary Equipment and Supplies. HR Staff reside in geographies across the country, and include the roles of HR Business Partner, HR Manager, HR Generalist, and HR Coordinator.

Coordinate and consistently execute HR initiatives across the Specialty Businesses.

Provide leadership, direction, and partnership to the management team. Establish and maintain partnerships with all staff through effective counsel on Human Reesources and other matters.

Maintain a positive work environment, conducting pro-active employee relations activities such as supporting regular roundtables and structured feedback sessions.

Identify and monitor each Specialty Business’ culture so that it supports the attainment of the company's goals/key results and promotes employee satisfaction. This includes a specific focus on maintaining the target culture in locations where there is no daily on-site HR presence. Manage employee survey results and cultural development to implement targeted action plans and partner with leadership aimed at optimizing employee morale, engagement and teamwork.

Identify and apply recruiting strategies to ensure a timely response to filling open positions. Collaborate with Talent Acquisition and local leadership to close talent gaps and improve recruitment, leadership development, and retention plans that meet business goals. Support outreach efforts by supporting the development of quality relationships with multiple sources.

Provide counsel to managers regarding on-the-job and formal training opportunities to aide in their development. Assist in preparing Individual Development Plans and facilitate the performance management process.

Interact with functional leaders and employees to gain a first-hand feel for their daily responsibilities and challenges. Form solid working relationships with the site leaders and functional leaders, based on thorough knowledge of the business and HR procedures.

Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the business, organizational structure and culture for each Specialty Business unit..

Partner with Legal to reduce legal risk, ensure regulatory and Code of Conduct compliance, and encourage a culture of accountability and speaking up.


Human Resources Business Partner, Manager, Generalist in Specialty locations


Internal: Specialty Business segment leaders , Functional business leaders, Site Leaders (General Managers), local leadership teams, mid-level managers and supervisors, other Specialty personnel; Regional HR Business Leader and Corporate HR partners, Legal and other functions as needed / required.

External: Job candidates, government agencies, third-party service providers.


Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience required; professional HR certification desirable.

Related Experience: Minimum five years human resources experience with at least three in a professional (i.e. non administrative) role. Experience consulting and advising a large management team. Prior experience working in a collective bargaining environment preferred. Strong understanding of legislation concerning employment (e.g. ADA, FMLA, OSHA, FLSA, Title VII). Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred. Prior experience in a Federal Contractor environment preferred. Ideal candidate has experience that includes collaboration in a functional matrixed environment and virtual leadership across multiple sites. Overnight travel may be required to participate in site visits, trainings, meetings, or other company events.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Sense of urgency in addressing organizational/individual needs. Ability to make timely and informed decisions and understands when to escalate issues. Organizational and time management skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Proven success in building and maintaining positive and productive working relationships with all levels of staff, and a demonstrated ability to impact and influence all levels of management. Ability to navigate an organization through change, and influence employee engagement and morale. Experience working with such resources as Workday or similar HR systems preferred. Presentation and leadership skills required.

Physical Requirements: NA

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US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With 28,000 employees and more than 70 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates more than $28 billion in annual revenue. Visit to learn more.

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