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Vice-President of Human Resources

Company: HotSpot AG
Location: Hanford
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Job Description:

For 60 years, Nichols Farms has produced crops in the San Joaquin Valley. An early adopter to nut farming, Nichols Farms has grown superior quality pistachios and almonds since the early 1980's. The company farms 4,000 acres throughout the growing California regions including Kings, Fresno, and Tulare counties. The company thrives on innovation and new technology that gives it the opportunity to perform at superior levels. Join the Nichols Farms Team in their objective of continued growth. Nichols Farms is an employee-oriented company dedicated to training and growth of team members.
The Nichols Farms Mission and Vision supports a culture of striving for mutual success of our employees, suppliers and customers through operational excellence and educational development.
The Vice-President of Human Resources provides support to Plant, Farm and HotSpot Ag operations. This position reports to the President/COO. Will lead the Human Resources Department in defining strategies that align with business objectives for all business entities. Responsible for short and long-term planning of the HR function to include recruitment and staffing strategies, wage and salary administration, employee relations, benefits, training and development.

  • Develops and implements HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business strategy.
  • Identifies and assesses key performance indicators for the human resources and safety functions to ensure effectiveness of the metrics.
  • Directs the functional areas of Human Resources and Safety, including, but not limited to retention, personnel records, employee relations, job evaluation, compensation management, benefits administration, organizational development, workers compensation, safety, training, and special projects.
  • Leads compensations, benefits and employee incentive programs by researching and analyzing data to ensure company remains competitive in the market.
  • Cultivates company culture, mission and vision.
  • Drives initiatives as a health and safety advocate in creating a safe working environment.
  • Develops, maintains, and monitors Human Resources and Safety budgets.
  • Develops and executes company-wide Training and Development Programs.
  • Works closely with executive leaders and management to advise, counsel, and provide coaching and resolution to address employee relations concerns.
  • Mentors, coaches, and develops HR and Safety Teams. Including HR participation in development, networking, and training opportunities.
  • Leads the sourcing of talent for all positions within the organization.
  • Ensures legal compliance with federal and state requirements, including overseeing EEOC reporting requirements.
  • Manage company social audits, ensuring legal compliance in hiring and timekeeping practices.
  • Oversee employee benefit program working closely with business analyst to ensure competitive plans.
  • Leads internal communications on Human Resource matters.
  • Develops and manages the implementation of company policies and procedures, including employee handbook for all business entities.
  • Provides performance management guidance to line management (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Perform other tasks as assigned.


    • Leadership: Ability to motivate, educate, and inspire team members to perform their jobs effectively, and to grow both personally and professionally.
    • Ethical: Maintain high ethical standards in every aspect of job performance.
    • Team Involvement: Works effectively with teams and work groups. Actively participates in problem solving and interacts with team and work groups to achieve team and organizational goals.
    • Change Agent and Process Improvement: Understand and embrace change in a growing and dynamic business is an every-day event. Lead and push team members less approving of change.
    • People Development: Ability to develop and coach team and identify their opportunities and strengths.
    • Motivate: Ability to lead and encourage team by inspiring and guiding toward goal achievement.
    • Safety Awareness: Demonstrate safe work practices. Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety.
    • Quality Orientation: Understand and embrace product quality as a guiding light at Nichols Farms.
    • Time Management: Ability to manage multiple projects and to organize and complete work within given deadlines.
    • Analytical Skills: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Communication: Skilled in verbal, written, and presentation communication.
    • Initiative: Ability to take prompt, self-directed action to accomplish objectives. Capable of functioning in a fast-paced entrepreneurial setting.


      • Education: Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Master's degree highly preferred.
      • Certifications: SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP strongly preferred.
      • Experience: 10 plus years' experience in a strong human resources management leadership role. Experience in Director of HR, VP of HR or combination of experience in similar leadership roles in a Food Manufacturing environment preferred.
      • Computer Skills: High proficiency in MS Office Suite
      • Bilingual in Spanish, including reading, writing and translation preferred.

        Work is performed in an office environment in a controlled atmosphere building and primary work environment will be in an office setting. As part of the scope of this role duties may include being inside the plant manufacturing environment, which may include high levels of noise.
        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, walk, stand, climb stairs, and reach with hands and arms. The employee may lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception. The employee will, at times, be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as designated by the company.
        To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
        This job description is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee's ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the Company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the Company may deem appropriate.

Keywords: HotSpot AG, Hanford , Vice-President of Human Resources, Executive , Hanford, California

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