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Unifrax Human Resources Business Partner in Council Grove, Kansas

Job Requirements

Unifrax has an exciting opening for an HR Business Partner to join our Thermal Management Business Unit HR team!


  • Be a partner to the Plant Manager and leadership team

  • Bring the voice of employees to critical organizational decisions

  • Take an active role in understanding business issues. Recommend and develop approaches and programs to address those challenges.

  • Lead and manage HR to ensure achievement of Global Operations and Global HR departmental goals

  • Recruit, hire and develop hourly personnel. Work with the global recruiting team to hire exempt positions.

  • Administer company policies and procedures including participation in new employee orientation

  • Maintain human resources systems, ensuring accurate and timely processing of payroll and other employee information

  • Facilitate group processes and enable and encourage employee involvement, problem solving, targets and best practices concepts

  • Provide advice and coaching to local managers on people policies and procedures, employment arrangements and local labor law

  • Support managers to resolve employee relations cases (such as disciplinary, grievance, absence, retirement, social disputes, etc.)

  • Provide HR data analysis and insight, enabling informed, fact based decision making

  • Support the implementation of varied HR projects enabling successful delivery of the HR strategy

  • Provide first line support to employees on local employment related queries

The incumbent is expected to perform the duties Living the Unifrax Values of Safety, Ethics, People, Commitment, Customer Focus, Innovation, Continuous Improvement,

Teamwork, and Speed and Agility.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources or related field and 3+ years HR experience; or Master's degree in Human Resources or related field and 1+ years HR experience. This position requires strong negotiation, communication (verbal and written) and coaching skills. Must possess excellent leadership and management skills. Must understand local labor law and have experience working with unions. Must be able to handle a diverse and heavy workload. Experience with Workday is also a plus. Experience as a HR Business Partner at a global company is also a plus.


  • A proven track record of strong leadership within Human Resources

  • Must have experience and exposure to modern HR practices and be curious about emerging HR trends

  • Excellent people management and demonstrated workforce development skills

  • Data and goal oriented

  • Good analytical skills in problem solving and business development

  • Strong communication, presentation and interpersonal skills to successfully engage with stakeholders across Unifrax, Union and outside parties

  • Ability to multi-task, deal with ambiguity and challenge the status quo

  • Must be able to be influential and have a proven track record as a strategic business partner to the business

  • Great people management and coaching skills.

  • Strong business acumen with the ability to influence culture and create alignment between business goals and HR processes

  • Demonstrated competency in computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point

  • Able to effectively communicate and build relationship at all levels within the facility

  • Proven ability to interface and influence at all levels of the organization.

  • Experience in maintaining a nonunion presence or in the administration of a collective bargaining agreement including grievance investigation, responses and participation in contract negotiations desirable

  • Experience in industrial manufacturing environment preferred.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time or without notice.

At Unifrax, we provide innovative solutions to our customers'​ application problems across several different industries. Our engineers work with a team of research and development specialists to create high performance specialty fibers and inorganic materials used in high-temperature industrial, automotive and fire protection applications designed with the ultimate goal of saving energy, reducing pollution, and improving fire safety for people, buildings and equipment. Since 1942, Unifrax products and materials have been providing solutions to our Distributors and customers to solve their application challenges. Our products are known universally for their quality and proven performance with names like Fiberfrax® ceramic fiber products, revolutionary low bio-persistent Insulfrax® and Isofrax® alkaline earth silicate fiber products, PC-Max® and Ecoflex® Support Mats for emission control products, FyreWrap® Fire Protection Systems, and Specialty Glass microfibers products used in high efficiency filtration media by nonwovens producers.