Sr. Human Resources Business Partner


The PALFINGER values of People, Entrepreneurship, Respect and Learning, are more than words. We strive every day to create and support an atmosphere of collaboration, transparency, empowerment and customer focus so our greatest assets, our people, will be able to harness their passion, drive and motivations to make a big impact!

As an international group PALFINGER offers its customers around the world hydraulic lifting solutions at the interfaces of the transport chain. At the moment, PALFINGER operates business in 16 sectors: loader cranes, EPSILON timber and recycling cranes, marine cranes, davit systems, winches and offshore equipment, offshore cranes, boats, wind cranes, hooklifts, access platforms, tail lifts, passenger lifts, mobile cranes, truck bodies, railway systems, and truck mounted forklifts as well as attachments and equipment for increasing crane efficiency. As a member of the PALFINGER North America Region (, PALFINGER continuously pursues our vision of being the preferred provider of truck equipment throughout North and Latin America.

PALFINGER is seeking a strong Human Resources Business Partner candidate familiar with working in a plant environment to join the team and work out of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Council Bluffs, IA. If you like contributing your talents, being rewarded for strong performance and enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment, then we think you have found the right place to come and build a future. It is our belief that you will join a company with a strong heritage and more importantly, a strong future.


Job Summary

The Human Resources Business Partner will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the organization's human resources by planning, implementing, and evaluating positive employee relations, recruitment and human resources policies and programs; and will assist in the facility’s safety programs and culture. This role reports to the Senior Human Resources Business Partner, offering a competitive compensation package and opportunity for on-going career growth.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administers strategic and tactical approaches in employee development, positive employee relations, policy and procedure compliance and development, training, compensation, benefits and performance evaluation.
  • Administers the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Assists the organization in driving a world-class safety culture in the facility. Sits on the safety committee, insures compliance with all local, state, and federal workplace safety laws and regulations, coordinates training.
  • Responsible for full life-cycle recruiting: recruiting, screening and recommending placement of staff by using creative sourcing methods (internal and external). Implement and improve HR recruiting reporting, systems and programs.
  • Is the subject matter in expert in latest trends and sources in recruiting with a high level of familiarity with social media for recruiting, manages recruiting resources to maximize efficiency and reduce waste.
  • Recommends HR best practices to maximize performance, productivity, efficiency and morale across the organization.
  • Strives to improve metrics by re-evaluating and changing processes to result in constant progression in HR practices.
  • Maintains a strong relationship with all levels of management, employees, union and other business units by effectively assisting and coaching managers, supervisors and front-line staff on employment related topics and issues.
  • Provides internal human resources expertise and training to managers and supervisors in the areas of performance management, organizational development, training and development of leaders and their teams to enhance cross-functional effectiveness and support management initiatives.
  • Stays current on new trends in the HR field in order to maximize attainment of established plan objectives.
  • Provides guidance and input on business unit restructures, workforce planning, and succession planning.
  • Conducts exit interviews and analyzes turnover data to make recommendations to the management team to reduce unplanned and regrettable turnover.
  • Maintains an attitude and philosophy consistent with the company’s integrity standards.
  • Participates in administrative staff meetings and other meetings with respective business units.
  • Maintains the security and integrity of confidential employee data and files.
  • Oversees the attendance tracking systems including attendance policy enforcement and compliance with FMLA.
  • Coordinates hiring, terminations, employee transfers, etc., in person and into the current payroll and HRIS software.
  • Manages the employee reviews and the performance improvement process and is integral in insuring performance improvement is executed fairly, consistently and in compliance with policy and statutes.
  • Maintains communication devices and bulletin boards, facilitates employee functions, insures employee kiosks are available and functioning properly.
  • Manages HR and Safety reporting to management, corporate and other parties including government agencies.


  • Associate Degree in Business related subjects and/or HR required, Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, or similar field preferred.
  • PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP/SCP, other professional HR related training and certifications helpful.
  • 1+ years professional HR experience required, preferably in a manufacturing environment with a high degree of responsibility in safety, recruitment, positive employee relations and labor relations.
  • Experience in driving safety culture and compliance, preferably in a manufacturing environment strongly preferred. Experience in managing workers compensation claims a plus.
  • Experience providing internal consulting and training to supervisors and managers on employee issues related to performance and development, including succession planning helpful.
  • Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills, and is comfortable in planning, facilitating and conducting meetings.
  • Ability to edit work for spelling and grammar, present numerical data effectively and ability to read and interpret written information.
  • Experience and proficiency in payroll and HRIS systems required, experience in ADP and SAP Success Factors highly preferred.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.
  • Demonstrated accuracy and thoroughness, history of monitoring own work to ensure quality.
  • Possesses ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands and ability to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Actively promotes confidentiality of all matters within the department, personally observes safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects and priorities in a very fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to work with limited direction to make decisions.
  • Strong knowledge of local, state and federal employer compliance requirements.
  • Experience with organized (Union) workforces and the National Labor Relations Act helpful.
  • High level of collaboration and customer service skills.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • High level of competence with Microsoft Office products; Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish a plus.

We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and performance rewards.
  • Comprehensive Benefits package with flexible options.
  • Opportunity for on-going career growth.
  • Environment of Respect, Integrity, Openness, Inclusion and Support.
  • The opportunity to build strong teams, improve operations and make a big impact.

Carolyn Wilcox

Director, Recruiting

Council Bluffs, IA

3501 South 11th Street Council Bluffs, IA | 51501
United States