HR Generalist

Whitehall, WI

Join our team in Whitehall, WI!

Ornua Ingredients of North America, formerly Whitehall Specialties, is a Wisconsin-based cheese product company located in the heart of the Midwestern United States. Part of Ornua Irish Dairy, our company is founded on the traditions of a wholesome belief that our employees are the main ingredient to our success. As a premier provider of imitation cheese products serving a global customer base, we are proud to craft it, slice it, shred it, cube it and dice it to their needs! We take pride in making quality cheese products for our customers. Join a team with strong values and unparalleled work ethic.

This role will provide HR support, coaching and advice to line managers, team leaders and employees serving a great workplace through our organization’s policies and procedures. This role will implement HR and business strategies and be a trusted, credible and challenging partner to the site leadership teams.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Devise and implement a people plan for the business which is aligned to the business strategy and local business plans, in close collaboration with key stakeholders e.g. Senior Leadership, other HR team members (Talent Acquisition, People Services) and local management teams. People plan to include a robust workforce plan with associated action plan and insights that support the site operational plans.
  • Drive focus and improvements across the broad spectrum of employee lifecycle, including: Attraction and retention, onboarding – Employee engagement, wellbeing and diversity and belonging – Enhancement of a high-performance oriented culture – Performance management – Talent and succession planning – Talent and leadership development – Employee communications – Employee relations – Organizational development and change
  • Take the lead, from a people perspective, on local organization design matters and change programs e.g. business restructuring, ensuring sensitive and appropriate change and communication plans are in place. Supporting with change management approaches, interventions and supporting managers to ensure change is delivered with the focus on the impact on our colleagues.
  • Leadership development intervention planning and delivery in cooperation with key stakeholders. Coaching leaders and delivering training and development programs to support their development.
  • Provide expert and proactive advice to line management on employment related queries, including performance, grievance and disciplinary matters.
  • Identifying opportunities to further increase HR effectiveness and efficiency, via policies, practices and approaches across the broad spectrum of HR in cooperation with other HR colleagues and functions.
  • Produce a variety of statistical people information and insights to feed into HR reports for management meetings and presentations to inform the business.
  • Facilitate pay and benefits reviews.
  • Involvement on projects and initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with the HR Centres of Expertise teams and People Services team to ensure best practice service delivery to relevant business area.


Key requirements:

  • A relevant HR (Bachelor’s level) degree (or relevant field), post-graduate qualification or human resource certification.
  • 3-5 years of prior experience in a manufacturing or Food/FMCG environment is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational change programs and resolving complex employee relations issues.
  • High levels of drive for achievement, curiosity and initiative.
  • Strong stakeholder and relationship management skills with a track record of providing HR partnership to business leaders.
  • Excellent communication, influencing, interpersonal and teamwork skills, with a strong customer service focus and attitude.
  • Skilled across wide range of HR practices, including: talent management, resourcing, development, employee relations, organizational development and change.
  • Excellent Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills are essential. Experience in utilizing HRIS, Success Factors HRIS is desirable.
  • A strong role model of the Ornua values and behaviors – with heart, with thought, with vision and with drive.


· WORKING TOGETHER: Ensures own team effectiveness; facilitates and leads cross-functional working.

· COMMUNICATIVE: Applies advanced communication skills, considering impact on the audience and desired outcomes.

· RIGOUR: For complex challenges or new areas, applies effective professional skill, analysis and decision making, and planning and reviewing.

· FORWARD LOOKING: Leads others through change and contributes to competitive challenges and functional strategic plans.


  • Health, Dental and Vision benefits are available on your first day of employment!
    • 4 Major Medical Plans to choose from
  • FSA (Flex Spending Account), HSA (Health Savings Account) available
  • Company provided Life Insurance, AD&D, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability
  • 80 hours of Vacation Time, Paid sick time, Paid Holidays
  • 401k with up to 4% company match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Company provided Uniforms, Safety Glasses and Safety Shoes

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