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Human Resources Business Partner - Manufacturing

Human Resources Business Partner - Manufacturing

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Human Resources Business Partner – Manufacturing


This position is based in Calvert City, KY, employing 500+ employees, both union and nonunion.  Overnight travel within the US is required.  


**This job is based on a ladder structure and the job level (salary) will be determined by the quantity and quality of your experience.


The Human Resources Business Partner supports Ashland in achieving its operational goals by developing, implementing, and maintaining effective human resource and labor relations policies, programs, procedures, and practices.  This critical position will have multi-site responsibility encompassing both union and non-union manufacturing plants in the US.   The HR Business Partner will embody the spirit of “Always Solving.” ™


Responsibilities include:

  • Working to improve and sustain a positive employee relations climate in an organization that has both union and non-union employees in multiple locations.
  • Supervising the Ashland Employee Relations Specialist
  • Providing oversight of the HR generalist, plant nurse, and trainers who report to the Plant Manager.
  • Providing day-to-day leadership and guidance regarding employment issues including arbitrations, mediations, grievance resolutions, and other labor/employee relations functions.
  • Advising and coaching management on tactical, as well as strategic human resources issues, including talent development, succession planning, etc. 
  • Providing coaching and support to managers to facilitate the positive resolution of employee situations including performance improvement, disciplinary actions and terminations.
  • Working proactively to accomplish Ashland’s inclusion and diversity goals.




  • BS or BA in Human Resources or related field is required.
  • PHR or SPHR certification preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years Human Resources generalist experience including labor and employee relations is required.
  • Knowledge and experience supporting unionized environments including:  hearing grievances, presenting at arbitration hearings, and participating in contract negotiations is required.
  • Must have a working knowledge of federal, state and local laws/regulations relating to human resources and labor relations including:  OFCCP, EEO/Affirmative Action, NLRA, FLSA, FMLA, with the ability to liaise with Employee Relations team and function as a subject matter expert is essential.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills, demonstrate strong interpersonal savvy, business acumen, emotional quotient, and the ability to develop effective partnerships at all levels within Ashland to function effectively as a strong business partner. 
  • Excellent analytical, project management, and problem solving skills required to develop and manage the execution of people related projects.
  • Knowledge of HRIS systems; SAP experience is helpful.
  • Intermediate proficiency in MS Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel approximately 20%
  • Must be authorized to work in the US.


TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, please select the Apply button. If no Apply button is provided, please visit Ashland's Career Center. Once there, enter job number 2017-6824 in the Keyword Search field to find this posting and apply on-line.


NOTE:  We do not accept resumes from external staffing agencies or independent recruiters for any of our openings unless we have a signed recruiting agreement in place to fill a specific position.


Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ASH) is a premier global specialty chemicals company serving customers in a wide range of consumer and industrial markets, including adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical. At Ashland, we are 6,000 passionate, tenacious solvers - from renowned scientists and research chemists to talented engineers and plant operators - who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems for customers in more than 100 countries. Ashland also maintains a controlling interest in Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV), a premium consumer-branded lubricant supplier. Visit to learn more.



Ashland. always solving


We are passionate, tenacious, solvers who thrive on developing practical, innovative and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our people—molecular scientists, chemists, process engineers, logisticians, research scientists, economists, analysts, compliance auditors, salespeople, safety experts and more—are distinguished by their ability to create and apply specialized chemistry in ways that enable customers to amplify the efficacy, refine the usability, add to the allure, ensure the integrity, and improve the profitability of their products and applications.


The Ashland Way


Our vision, mission, way and values are the foundation for what makes Ashland, Ashland. What we aspire to accomplish, how we work every day toward that vision, and the way that we do things are what give substance to the promises we make to each other, customers and investors.


Our vision is to make a better world by providing creative solutions through the application of specialty ingredients and materials.


Our mission is to develop practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems in applied chemistry, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the competitiveness of our customers across diverse industries.


Our way is to respect, protect, and advance the people we work with, companies we serve, shareholders who invest in our future, communities we’re a part of, and planet we share.


Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. 

Ashland is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.


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