Human Resources Specialist

Hahnville, Louisiana
24 Apr 2018
19 Jun 2018
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
"Contribute. Grow. Lead...with OxyChem. Looking for a challenge? Desire to achieve your true potential? OxyChem is a growing, action-oriented, safety driven chemical manufacturing company continually striving to be the best in the business while staying focused on environmental protection. The secret to our success has and will continue to be our people.

Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda – key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride. For every product it makes, OxyChem’s market position is No. 1 or No. 2 in the U.S.

In a fast-paced industry that demands precision, we create a supportive workplace where the safety and well-being of our employees are paramount. We are committed to rewarding top performers, offering very competitive pay and benefits, and providing tremendous career development opportunities.

We are seeking two self-motivated individuals with 2- 5 years of Human Resources experience to participate in our two-year Human Resources Associate Rotational Program. This program will provide experience in both a union and nonunion setting while offering the perfect opportunity for HR professionals to gain experience in all aspects of the HR profession.

Candidates must be willing to relocate after one year by moving to the second rotation location. In addition, after completion of the two-year rotational program, relocation may be required for the post rotation assignment. Although subject to change, the locations for the Rotational Program are located at our chemical manufacturing facilities in Wichita, Kansas and Hahnville, LA. Come be a part of OxyChem, a leading chemical company that values Human Resource professionals as business partners who contribute to the success of our operations.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Interviews and participates in the recruitment and selection of exempt, nonexempt, and hourly employees; determines applicant qualifications; conducts pre-employment testing, makes recommendations concerning offers of employment and audits performance of newly hired employees.
  • Conducts exit interviews with employees to determine the underlying reasons for leaving employment, employee attitudes toward the company, supervisor, etc.
  • Manages the technician salary/wage program. Participates in approved salary surveys affecting all non-exempt and hourly employees.
  • Administers Human Resources policies and procedures, advises/counsels plant management and employees regarding company policies and procedures.
  • Generates, maintains and provides reports as required.
  • Directs and aids in the preparation of all plant position descriptions. Provides preliminary evaluation of new or revised position descriptions according to plant and company guidelines.
  • Initiates and assists in the development and presentation of programs which support plant and company goals to include supervisory and employee development and promoting positive employee and positive labor relations.
  • Researches, advises, and assists in correction of employee behavior and disciplinary action.
  • Participates in meetings with the union, grievance handling, arbitrations and preparation for contract negotiations
  • Counsels employees, supervisors and managers on confidential matters.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with employees.
  • Coordinates plant projects as assigned or requested by the Human Resources Manager or Plant Manager.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in HR Management, Labor Relations or related degree with applicable experience.
  • 2 - 5 years of experience in Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Training and Recruiting preferred.
  • Strong leadership, facilitation, team building and process improvement skills.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Must be open to relocation for subsequent opportunities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Physical requirements - Must be able to lift 40 lbs, climb ladders and stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in a chemical manufacturing environment a plus.
  • Experience with HRIS systems such as PeopleSoft a plus.

Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status