HR Director, North America


Parsippany, NJ, US, 7054 Cincinnati, OH, US, 45232

Remote or On-Site:  Hybrid
Req ID #:  2859


Sun Chemical, a member of the DIC Group, is a leading producer of packaging and graphic solutions, color and display technologies, functional products, electronic materials, and products for the automotive and healthcare industries. Together with DIC, Sun Chemical is continuously working to promote and develop sustainable solutions to exceed customer expectations and better the world around us. With combined annual sales of more than $8.5 billion and 22,000+ employees worldwide, the DIC Group companies support a diverse collection of global customers.

Sun Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A., the Netherlands, and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A. For more information, please visit our website at or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter

HR Director, North America

Sun Chemical is seeking a HR Director, North America to join our corporate HR team, based hybrid from one of our key sites (Parsippany, NJ/Chicago or Cincinnati, OH preferred).  The position is the senior-most HR leader for North America operations, and oversees an HR team of 20 professionals, including 10 direct reports. The position sits on the North America Business Management Team as well as the global HR Leadership Team and acts as the HR Business Partner for the President of North America and the Chief Manufacturing Officer as related to NA Operations. The position holds responsibility for all HR and Labor Management activities in the United States and Canada, including approximately 3000 employees and nearly 40 manufacturing sites, labs, and corporate offices.


Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Business partner-minded professional that develops a strong partnership with the with key members of the Senior Leadership Team and Operations leaders by putting in the time and effort to learn the business, talent needs, and organizational structure.   
  • Partners with senior leaders to align talent and strategy to help drive business results.
  • Metrics-driven leader that leverages data and benchmarking to help influence leaders when striving for improvements or change.  Challenges HR direct reports to leverage workforce analytics to drive decisions on talent, risks to the business, and development needs. 
  • Approachable leader that is as comfortable discussing the business with the Chief Manufacturing Officer and other Senior Leadership Team (SLT) members as they are walking the floor and engaging with production teams.
  • Experience leading HR transformation projects including rewards and recognition, employee engagement, leadership development, and other continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Coaches and develops HR team, regularly interacts through site visits, monthly 1:1s and seeks feedback from business partners to help address development and growth needs.
  • Active and empathetic listener; takes responsibility for improvement opportunities and follows through on commitments to build trust and credibility. 
  • Has the managerial courage to speak up and challenge leadership, peers, and employees when needed.  Isn’t going to shy away from difficult conversations when it is necessary.
  • Oversees planning and execution of strategic restructuring projects.
  • Responsible for HR compliance, including policy administration, reporting compliance and adherence to various regulatory requirements.
  • Leads open-door, engagement, and rewards and recognition culture, holds leaders and HR team accountable for these activities.
  • Leads and facilitates business engagement activities such as town hall meetings.
  • Handles all aspects of labor relations including first chair CBA negotiations, grievance and arbitration processes, and union organizing campaigns.
  • Knows what to look for when interacting with leaders, supervisors, and employees when there are union avoidance concerns.  Responds accordingly to engage and challenge key stakeholders to proactively address employee concerns. 
  • Experience partnering with CoE leaders to ensure talent assessment, calibration, 9 box or similar process, individual development plans, succession planning, and leadership development.
  • Can lead continuous improvement projects that span several cross-functional CoEs, SMEs, and stakeholders within the business.  Understands the organization, can anticipate key stakeholders, and when to engage those stakeholders.



Education & Experience Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience leading an HR team of ~15 or more that support manufacturing, sales, and commercial teams.   
  • 15+ years of experience leading HR operations in a unionized manufacturing/similar environment, ideally 15 years of progressive growth within the HR profession, has a solid understanding of admin, but focuses on strategic and continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Experience leading and developing HR Generalists/Managers, thoughtful leader that can actively listen, support, and challenge their direct reports.  Can set strategic goals and objectives for themselves as well as their direct reports that align with the business.
  • First chair labor relations experience
  • Strategic partner that wants career growth, isn’t satisfied with the status quo if it isn’t working, and challenges the way we have always done things if we need to improve the policy/process/etc.
  • High-level strategic thinker, capable of partnering with senior leaders, but also capable and willing to be a hands-on mentor, manager, and “doer”
  • Strong relationship skills, and ability to build genuine relationships with people at all levels of an organization
  • Self-starter and highly organized; able to work independently and exercise sound business judgment
  • Strong leadership presence with exceptional presentation and communication skills
  • Training in SAP SuccessFactors is preferred; experience in other large-scale cloud based HCM systems is acceptable
  • Domestic travel up to 30% 


We offer a range of market-competitive total rewards that include merit increases, paid holidays, Paid Time Off, medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability benefits, 401(k)+match and life insurance. Eligibility of benefit timing may vary.



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