HR Generalist

Watson Furniture Poulsbo, WA
HR Generalist

The People Generalist works in close partnership with the People Leader to manage, execute, and champion company initiatives around Talent and Culture.

Essential functions and job duties:

* Provide daily Human Resources and Employee Relations support in service of the business:

* On-Demand HR Support to all Watson Team members to answer questions on Watson policies, benefits, community resources, etc.

* Production Team Support – provide support and direction to Production Supervisors and Team Members on a wide variety of topics

* Assist and advise managers surrounding all people related issues.

* Act as champion and expert on Watson Team Handbook and company polices

* Full-time and temporary recruiting and onboarding:

* Recruiting – working in partnership with the People Leader and Hiring Managers to ensure fully vetted and qualified candidates are interviewed while being responsible for positive candidate experience.

* Temporary Recruiting – working closely with Production supervision to determine needs, hold and foster relationships with temporary agencies, and manage the requests using various tracking methods.

* Onboarding – Ensure positive candidate experience when hiring with proper onboarding. Initiate new ideas to promote engagement with new team members. Support Hiring Manager in training plan and team immersion.

* Project ownership and follow-through :

* Benefits administration – act as expert on Watson's benefits to provide information for team members and conduct healthcare enrollments.

* Oversee the quarterly performance review process to ensure all employees receive feedback during April, July, October and January of each calendar year.

* Provide coaching and access to external tools aimed at improving effectiveness of development discussions.


* Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional HR experience (experience with manufacturing company a plus)

* Demonstrated ability to leverage confidence, reasoning and problem solving to accomplish results

* Excellent communication and presentation skills including the ability to interact successfully with diverse individuals at all levels and build effective partnerships

* Proven ability to make fast decisions, independently, and with sound judgment

Skills / Competencies Required:

* Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.

* Priority Setting: Spends his/her time and the time of others on what's important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.

* Integrity and Trust: Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences.

* Approachability: Is easy to approach and talk to; spends the extra effort to put others at ease; can be warm, pleasant, and gracious; is sensitive to and patient with the interpersonal anxieties of others; builds rapport well.

* Composure: Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; can handle stress; not knocked off balance by the unexpected.

About Watson:

"We are builders. We intend to live forever in this community. We create skilled jobs by designing and manufacturing distinctive products for discerning customers. We do this with care for humans and the earth that would make our parents and our children proud." – Clif McKenzie, Watson CEO

Watson's Guiding Principles:

* Built Here : All our products are manufactured at the Orchard, our 34 acre forested headquarters in the Pacific Northwest. This state-of-the-art facility converts regionally sourced raw materials to finished goods through advanced CNC machining processes and superior handcraft.

* Distinctive Product : Each of our product lines are engineered for unmatched simplicity, beauty and durability. Our design process revolves around users' needs and sustainable manufacturing processes.

* Practical Environmentalism : We believe we should return this world in better condition than we found it. We adhere to the concept of Practical Environmentalism in which our aggressive pursuit to minimize impact on our planet is achieved within a disciplined structure of environmental and financial accountability.

* Passionate People : We believe in the dignity of the working woman and man. We foster this dignity by providing competitive compensation and benefits, sharing our profits and maintaining high expectations.

* Financial Stability : Maintaining a strong cash position and avoiding debt enables us to thrive in economic downturns and invest in cutting edge manufacturing techniques and responsible growth.

Submit applications to under the Current Positions link. Applications will only be processed through our website.

Watson's an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals, including minorities, women, veterans & individuals with disabilities. Watson will consider for employment qualified applicants in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.

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