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Panos Brands

HR Director

Job Summary

PANOS brands® is a consumer-packaged goods company that manages a unique and defined portfolio of specialty food and beverage brands. "P.A.N.O.S." is an acronym that precisely defines the company’s mission to offer Premium, Authentic, Natural, Organic, and Specialty foods throughout the U.S and Canada.  From cheese to noodles, crackers to cookies, salad dressings to coffee creamers, Asian to Italian and more, our collection of brands speaks directly to sustained trends in categories such as organic, ethnic, vegan, allergen safe and restricted-diet, and gourmet culinary-inspired foods.  
PANOS is seeking an experienced HR Director to build and lead human resources for the corporate office in Rochelle Park and the day to day operations at their Walden Farms manufacturing facility  in Linden, NJ.  PANOS brands has grown dramatically in the past five years and we are depending on your proven success managing and influencing people through transformational change, optimizing, improving and establishing processes.  In addition to the day-to-day recruiting, employee relations, compliance and training this role, the successful candidate will develop, recommend, and execute continuous improvements in the areas of safety, talent development, employee benefits and staffing.  This position has primary responsibility for managing the relationships with external vendors such as third party recruiters, HRIS and benefits brokers and for analyzing and recommending improvements to compensation and benefits.  Will manage the annual benefits renewal process.  This position is absolutely critical in the future success of the business.
Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Undergraduate degree in human resources or a related field. SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential is a plus.
  • 10+ years of HR generalist experience in a manufacturing work environment with a predomininantly hourly workforce.
  • Candidates who are Bilingual in English and Spanish will be given preference.
  • Intermediate to Advanced user of Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to improve employee morale.
  • Comprehensive understanding of local, state and federal employment laws.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Personal and professional integrity of the highest order, with a balanced ego and the ability to dig in and focus on building a business.  
  • A business mindset and human resources skills and systems skill sets with an ability to partner with the CFO and CEO in growing the business and increasing shareholder value.  
  • Proven ability to integrate within a senior management team as a valued advisor and implementer.
  • Sense of urgency.
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves to accomplish objectives.
  • Ability to challenge conventional thinking without offending team members. 
  • High energy, strong personal presence and maturity as components of leadership ability in order to facilitate the best decision-making and values. 
  • Capable of balancing the hands-on tasks of administering the HR function with high level strategic thinking.
  • Collaborative style, with effective consensus and team building skills.
  • Ability to create an environment that encourages and values communication of both good and bad news.
  • Strategic and analytical orientation and the ability to translate vision into tangible operational and strategic goals.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and make associated trade-offs using sound judgment. 
  • Effective, articulate and dynamic communicator, both written and oral for multiple audiences. 
  • Ability to confront difficult or sensitive issues with a strong commitment to confidentiality.
  • Strong commitment to employee safety.
  • Strong commitment to pursuing excellence in all aspects of the role.


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