New Opportunity: VP of Human Resources at Pelton Shepherd

About the Company

Jack Shepherd invented “The Third Ice Known to Mankind” in 1950. This farm boy from Montana, with little formal education, had a vision of a “gel ice refrigerant” that could be used as a substitute for water ice and dry ice. He visited a renowned educational institution on the west coast and spoke with the chemical professors, shared his idea with them and was told that what he wanted to do was impossible. Jack forged forward with determination and self-educated himself in the basics of Chemistry, set up his lab in the family kitchen and worked tirelessly for months to finally invent what would become the “Third Ice Known to Mankind”. Jack secured his first of many patents in 1954.

He worked with close friends and family members to develop his product which was trademarked “BLUE ICE®”, in the 1960’s. From there “BLUE ICE®” has become an almost generic term of “gel ice refrigerants” worldwide. Today the legacy of Jack Shepherd is carried on by the Shepherd family. We have never forgotten our roots of providing quality products and superior customer service. Pelton Shepherd Industries is now into the third generation of Shepherds and works diligently to be innovative and responsive to the growing need for refrigerants used in the shipping of perishables and therapeutic application to the body!

About the Position

The Vice President of Human Resources (HR) provides executive-level leadership and guidance to the organization’s HR operations. The Vice President is responsible for setting, enforcing, and evaluating legally compliant human resources policies, procedures, and best practices, and identifying and implementing long-range strategic human resources goals to support the mission of the overall business.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, and trains management-level HR staff.
  • Oversees the daily workflow of the department.
  • Provides constructive and timely performance evaluations.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance with company policy.

Duties / Responsbilities

  • Collaborates with executive leadership to define the organization’s long-term mission and goals; identifies ways to support this mission through human resources management.
  • Identifies key performance indicators for the organization’s human resource and talent management functions; assesses the organization’s success and market competitiveness based on these metrics.
  • Researches, develops, and implements competitive compensation, benefits, performance appraisal, and employee incentive programs.
  • Provides guidance and leadership to the human resource team; assists with resolution of human resource, compensation, and benefits questions, concerns, and issues.
  • Ensures compliance with employment, benefits, insurance, safety, and other laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Addresses and resolves labor and employee relations as per best practices.
  • Develops processes to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Acts on initiatives for equal opportunity and diversity within the organization.
  • Maintains knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices in employment law, human resources, and talent management at both the state and federal level.
  • Drafts and implements the organization’s staffing budget, and the budget for the human resource department.
  • Aptitude in public speaking at all levels of management and with employees as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Skills / Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Experience in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations at state and federal level; knowledge of California state preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of HR functions that span the complete employment lifecycle (recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, event planning, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with varied human resource information systems.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Social Sciences or related field required.
  • At least ten years of human resource management experience required, with strategic, talent management, and/or business development experience highly preferred.
  • Human Resource Generalist experience within in manufacturing preferred.
  • Human Resources Certification strongly preferred.

Ready to Apply?

180one is a retained search firm and has been engaged by Pelton Shepherd to manage this search. If interested in learning more about the opportunity, please contact Lisa Heffernan at 180one.


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