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Employee Relations Manager

Huntsville, AL
Posted on oct. 30, 2023 Full time R20812
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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.

Job Summary:

Polaris is on the lookout for a passionate and seasoned Employee Relations Manager to lead the charge in enhancing the work environment at our Huntsville, AL facility. In this role, you'll have the opportunity to shape our HR practices, cultivate meaningful employee relationships, and foster a culture of collaboration and growth. As a key player, you'll report to the Sr. HR Manager for the site and our corporate VP of Labor and Employment.


  • Crafting Positive Employee Relations: Your primary responsibility is to own and drive our Positive Employee Relations strategy, setting the bar high and measuring success through key performance indicators.

  • Guidance and Consultation: Offer expert guidance on a wide range of Employee Relations matters, from HR policy interpretation to resolving employee concerns while ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations.

  • Investigation and Resolution: Conduct thorough investigations into policy violations and ensure timely resolutions. Prepare investigative reports, make recommendations for discipline, and maintain impeccable records of findings.

  • Training Leadership: Lead by example by providing Positive Employee Relations training to site leadership, promoting a culture of mutual understanding and respect.

  • Policy Management: Maintain site policies, guaranteeing consistency in application and compliance with government regulations and laws.

  • Swift Response: Handle employee relations issues and investigations with efficiency, conducting thorough research, interviews, and data analysis during the investigative phase.

  • FMLA and Leave Administration: Oversee the company's FMLA and leave of absence program, ensuring employees receive the support they need.

  • Collaborative Efforts: Work closely with General Counsel, external legal counsel, leadership, and fellow HR professionals to develop policies and resolve HR issues.

  • Contribution to Development: Play a vital role in creating and updating job descriptions as needed and conducting management/supervisory training as required.

  • Team Player: Contribute to the team's overall efforts, accomplishing related results and taking on additional duties or projects as assigned.

Experience & Skills:

  • Seasoned Professional: With over 7 years of progressive Labor Relations/Employee Relations, &/or Human Resources experience, with expertise within manufacturing &/or distribution environments being strongly preferred.

  • Change Management: Proven success implementing HR programs and initiatives, along with change management and facilitation experience is required.

  • Project Management: Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to navigate complex projects involving multiple stakeholders.

  • Calm Under Pressure: Exceptional investigation skills and the ability to maintain composure during challenging employee situations.

  • Influential Communicator: Strong communication skills that enable you to influence and build credibility at all organizational levels.

  • Independent Decision-Making: Exhibit sound decision-making skills, think critically, and make choices in a fast-paced environment.

  • Continuous Improvement: Embrace a mindset of continuous improvement, always seeking ways to drive value, innovation, and efficiency.

  • Tech-Savvy: Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with HRIS system-based software. Strong analytical skills, with expertise in MS Excel and Power BI preferred.


  • Bachelor's Degree: Hold a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, or a related field.

  • Preferred: A Master's degree or MBA is preferred.

Working Conditions:

  • Dynamic Environment: Thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic plant environment where your skills will be put to the test.

  • Dual Reporting: Report to the site Sr. HR Manager and VP, Labor & Employment, ensuring your contributions have a significant impact.

  • This position is not eligible for Sponsorship.

  • Relocation Assistance is available if needed.



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.