GKN Senior Human Resources Manager in Panama City, Florida

Senior Human Resources Manager

Country: United States

Work Location: Panama City

State: Florida

Advertising End Date: Not Specified

Job Type: Regular

About The Opportunity

The Sr. HR Manager will lead HR strategy and execution for the GKN Aerospace Florida site and will serve as the primary HR focal for site based HR initiatives and activities which will employ up approximately 150 hourly and salaried employees by late 2018. This position will report directly to the Florida Site Leader (once appointed) with a matrix reporting relationship to the Advanced Composite Structures Human Resources Director and will be a key member of the Florida site Leadership team.Responsibilities include:

  • HR Business Partner for site leadership team ensuring connectivity, consistent communication and seamless execution of Aerospace and site initiatives.

  • Provides a broad range of HR support actions for achieving business objectives to include talent management, organization effectiveness (change management, leader effectiveness, organization design), and employee engagement.

  • Partner with the recruiting Center of Excellence to fill salaried positions.

  • Create and carry out affordable and effective strategy for filling hourly positions to meet needs of business.

  • Implement HR strategies and execute actions that support the long-term business goals and objectives.

  • Lead Human Resource core processes: performance management, change management, succession planning, training, merit planning, and variable pay compensation plans

  • Deliver strategies for workforce planning, deployment, training and retention to address the current and future needs of the business while ensuring a diverse workforce.

  • Responsible for all HR compliance for federal, state, and local laws as well as compliance associated with GKN government contracts (OFCCP).

  • Manages all employee relations for both hourly and salaried workforce.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, or a related degree is required.

  • 5+ years of HR Generalist experience in manufacturing environment, 8 years overall experience in Human Resources

  • U.S. Person per ITAR regulations to comply with export compliance and site SSA requirements.

  • Experience with using MS Office Suite, including Word, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Excel

  • Travel approximately 10%


  • 2+ years of experience working as a plant HR site lead and/or start-up of a plant strongly preferred;

  • 2+ years of experience leading transformational HR projects.

  • Master's degree preferred, with a concentration in Human Resources, Organization Development or trainingUnderstanding of project management standards and practices

  • Experience within a matrixed environment

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and promote the linkage between business and operational priorities and human resources activities

  • Demonstrated ability to positively influence others

  • Ability to deal tactfully and confidently with internal and external customers.

  • Working knowledge and experience of HR practices in a manufacturing environment strongly preferred.

  • Proven track record of successful project management on large scale, long term projects.

  • Familiarity with US Export compliance and international trade laws, prior US clearance desired

  • Experience driving execution and results on projects in which there are often "blurred" lines of responsibility

  • Experience and or knowledge of how to effectively work in a matrixed organization

  • Experience with HR best practices and working within a global or multi-national organization; capable of leveraging past experience to the benefit of GKN

  • Advanced skills in MS Office, MS Project Experience preferred

  • Demonstrated Experience with change management and stakeholder management

  • Strong bias for action and results driven performer with a continuous improvement mind-set.

  • Demonstrates strong business acumen and leadership. Seen as a “go-to” person for process and HR project management.

  • Demonstrates personal leadership skills; high performance behaviors, self-initiative, excellent work ethic, exercises good judgment, influencing, and collaboration.

  • Superior interpersonal skills, delivers information clearly and factually.

  • Superior prioritization and planning skills. A detail-oriented individual who proactively engages with business issues to avoid crisis management.

  • Ability to drive transition and change through influence and ability to work in high pressure situations and on high profile assignments


  • Frequently required to spend long hours sitting at a work stations and using office equipment.

  • May be required to walk or stand for brief periods

  • May be required to use stairs when elevator is not available

  • Must occasionally lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move up to 15 pounds of office supplies and materials

  • May be required to reach with arms and hands and to stoop, kneel or crouch

  • Must be able to manage a number of projects, demands and situations at one time

  • Must be able to handle stress associated with tight deadlines for completing tasks

Key Responsibilities

Not Specified

About Us

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 55 manufacturing locations in 14 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.