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HR Manager of Strategic Initiatives

Naperville, IL
Why Work for KeHE?
  • Full-time
  • Pay Range: $90,620.00/Yr. - $132,831.00/Yr.
  • Shift Days: , Shift Time:
  • Benefits on Day 1
    • Health/Rx
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • Flexible and health spending accounts (FSA/HSA)
    • Supplemental life insurance
    • 401(k)
    • Paid time off
    • Paid sick time
    • Short term & long term disability coverage (STD/LTD)
    • Employee stock ownership (ESOP)
    • Holiday pay for company designated holidays


    Good people, working with good people, for our common good.

    Sound good?

    KeHE-a natural, organic, specialty and fresh food distributor-is all about "good" and is growing, so there's never been a more exciting time to join our team. If you're enthusiastic about working in an environment with a people-first culture and an organization committed to good living, good food and good service, we'd love to talk to you!

    Primary Responsibilities

    The Senior HR Project Manager will oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of our HR strategic initiatives. This individual will directly support the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and will play a pivotal role in tracking progress of HR strategy, serving as the HR project lead in integration work, and providing essential support to the Senior HR leadership team. This position requires strong leadership skills, exceptional project management abilities, and a proactive approach to driving HR strategy forward. As with all positions at KeHE, we expect that all actions will be consistent with KeHE's Mission, Vision, and Values.

    Essential Functions

    • Supports the CHRO and senior HR team to drive the strategy and key initiative of the function.
    • Supports CHRO directly as it relates to HR for HR (HRBP).
    • Monitors progress, execution, and effectiveness of the annual HR Scorecard and initiatives.
    • Acts as the main person of contact for HR projects and initiatives.
    • Ensures seamless integration processes by collaborating with cross-functional teams.
    • Runs CHRO staff meetings, gathers content and sets agendas aligned with HR strategy.
    • Facilitates HR Town Halls, fosters transparent communication and employee engagement.
    • Supports HR for HR interventions that continue to increase the effectiveness of the HR team.
    • Provides additional HR for HR support as needed including administrative support.
    • Manages project work on behalf of HR for any company-wide M&A and integration activities.
    • Gathers industry insights for circulation with HR leadership from reputable industry sources.
    • Identifies opportunities for HRLT members to attend industry-led conferences throughout the year.
    • Provides proactive support to the HR leadership team on major project work.
    • Collaborates on strategic initiatives and provide assistance as needed.
    • Takes charge of planning, organizing, and executing biannual HR Leadership Summits.
    • Gathers relevant content and develop agendas to ensure the success of each summit.
    • Mentors and oversees the hiring process for the HR Leadership Program Associate (LPA), as needed.
    • Provides guidance and support to LPA candidates to foster their professional growth.
    • Other duties and projects as assigned.

    • Possess a growth mindset and demonstrates active listening, compassion, and ability to instill trust.
    • Ability to lead and influence teams, drive change, and foster collaboration across departments.
    • Strong project management skills to effectively plan, execute, and monitor HR initiatives, including the ability to manage timelines, resources, and budgets.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively convey information, facilitate meetings, and engage with stakeholders at all levels.
    • Ability to think strategically and align HR initiatives with organizational goals and objectives, while anticipating future trends and challenges.
    • Proven ability to identify issues, analyze root causes, and develop innovative solutions to complex HR challenges.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders, including executives, managers, and employees.
    • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize tasks effectively, and meet deadlines.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

    Minimum Requirements, Qualifications, Additional Skills, Aptitude

    • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field.
    • Master's degree in Human Resources or related field preferred.
    • 5 years of experience in HR strategy, project management, or related roles.
    • 3-5 years of HR business partner experience preferred.
    • Strong analytical skills with the ability to interpret data and drive decision-making.
    • Experience in M&A integration and change management preferred.
    • Certification in HR (e.g., PHR, SPHR) is a plus.

    • These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

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