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Plant HR Manager

Spirit Lake, IA
Posted on Jul 19, 2023 Full time R19170
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At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to THINK OUTSIDE.

HR Manager, Motorcycle Operations

The Plant Human Resources Manager is a strategic business partner to the Plant Director of the Spirit Lake & Milford manufacturing facilities. The HRM is responsible for leading the HR function within the Spirit Lake facility, coaching and developing the HR team to ensure supply and development of top-tier talent, shape the plant culture and promote Polaris values, and design the organization (strategy, structure, people, processes and rewards). The HRM also ensures the department demonstrates HR functional excellence in areas such as recruitment, training, orientation, quality, compensation and benefits, and flawlessly executes the design and implementation of HR initiatives and annual processes.


Talent: Ensure talent is available and pipelines are full at all levels of the organization.

  • Talent management for all Operations, including identification of talent needs and talent acquisition with the end game of building world-class teams with bench strength that can deliver against plant strategic and operational initiatives.

  • Build and maintain a strong leadership team through coaching, mentoring and development at all levels.

  • Coach and develop a team of HR professionals to support the plant’s business and HR objectives and to grow into strong candidates for future HR leadership roles within Polaris.

Culture: Build a culture that exemplifies Polaris values and drives employer of choice status.

  • Actively develop and foster a positive employee relations climate, high employee engagement, team effectiveness and integration, and employer of choice status. 

  • Maintain visibility and active presence within facilities, providing daily support and communication. Actively participate in leadership meetings and strategy sessions.

  • Identify and implement opportunities to build a sense of team, camaraderie and community.

  • Identify, communicate and problem-solve employee relations issues.

  • Represent Polaris in the communities and foster positive community relations.

Organization: Design an organization built to succeed.

  • Act as business partner to the Plant Director and plant leadership team to execute against strategic priorities and facilitate success against line-side metrics, goals and objectives.

  • Own organizational design for facilities and footprints, including strategic and talent components described elsewhere in the description as well as:

o Balancing of organization structure to allow for maximum performance within teams.

o Implementing processes and lateral capabilities that drive efficiencies between teams.
o Developing and maintaining rewards systems that support plant priorities and drive behavioral and operational change across the employee population.

Functional Excellence: Deliver excellent HR functional service.

  • Develop and execute annual HR plans that address client HR issues and align with client business agenda and priorities, high potential employee development, leadership succession planning, and other desired organizational development and changes.

  • Partner with central HR teams to ensure HR functional excellence in core processes such as compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, and organizational development.

  • Develop lean HR processes to drive excellence and capability to deliver value for client groups in organization and people development and management.

  • Coach, counsel and direct leadership and HR team regarding Company policies and employment law. Ensure fairness and consistency.

  • Participate in and/or drive safety action and engagement.

  • Verify facility is in compliance with all local and federal regulations in regards to labor.

  • Day-to-day HR tasks and other duties and projects as required or assigned.


  • Comfortable with ambiguity and anxious to develop an organization from the ground up.

  • Cultural savvy: able to discern key aspects of Polaris culture and maintain them.

  • Must be willing to relocate and travel for career advancement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field is required; Master’s degree preferred.

  • 6- 8+ years of experience in Human Resources, with at least 2+ years of experience managing an HR team.

  • Direct experience with employee relations initiatives that actively engage all levels of the workforce population (from hourly workforce to Leadership Members) is required.

  • Proven track record of successfully implementing HR programs and initiatives.

  • Change management, org design, org effectiveness and facilitation experience is required.

  • Experience with successful defense and maintenance of direct employee relations is strongly preferred.

  • Proven effectiveness in matrix and dynamic environment.

  • Experience with Lean and Lean HR preferred.


• Office and manufacturing environment. Some travel to other Polaris sites may be necessary (<20%).



This position is not eligible for sponsorship

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to THINK OUTSIDE.  Apply today!

At Polaris we put our employees first, by offering a holistic approach to their health and financial wellbeing.  Polaris is proud to offer competitive compensation, including a market-leading profit-sharing plan that is fundamental to our pay-for-performance culture. At Polaris, employees are owners of the company through company contributions to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and discounted employee stock purchases plan. Employees receive a generous matching contribution to 401(k), financial wellness education and consultation to plan for their financial future. In addition to competitive pay, Polaris provides a comprehensive suite of benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, wellness programs, paid time off, gym & personal training reimbursement, life insurance and disability offerings.  Through the Polaris Foundation and our Polaris Gives paid volunteer time off, we support employees who actively volunteer their time, efforts, and passions to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities in which they live, play and work. Employees at Polaris drive our success and are rewarded for their commitment.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.  

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.