Leprino Foods

HR Generalist

Job Locations US-CA-Lemoore (West)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Posted Date
2 months ago(9/8/2020 10:32 AM)
Category (Portal Searching)
Human Resources


Leprino Foods’ history dates to over 65 years ago, when the Leprino family first started making small batches of mozzarella for local markets and eateries in Denver. We’ve grown a bit since then. Today, we are the largest manufacturer of mozzarella and lactose in the world, and a leading producer of whey protein. Still owned by the Leprino family, we’ve set our sights to become the “World’s Best Dairy Food and Ingredient Company.” To help us achieve that ambitious vision, we’re looking for our secret ingredient: motivated individuals who are the absolute best at what they do. From three people in a small cheese shop in the early 1950s, we have grown to over 4,300 employees throughout our 16 global locations. Will you join us on our journey?


For our Lemoore, CA “West” manufacturing facility, which also happens to be our largest plant with more than 1,000 employees, we are seeking an HR Generalist who will help us continue our successful trend in the dairy foods marketplace.


  • Recommends, implements, and supports employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale and motivation.
  • Participates in the investigation and resolution process when employee concerns are brought forth.
  • Advises managers and supervisors about the steps in the performance counseling and progressive discipline system. Counsels and acts as a business partner with managers, supervisors, and employees on employment issues.
  • Helps drive employee engagement and Leprino Quality initiatives and processes.
  • Leads the New Employee Orientation and onboarding of new employees.
  • Coordinates employee relations activities, such as, recognition celebrations, incentive plan meetings, performance awards, picnics, and parties.

Employment Law

  • Ensures facility compliance with all existing governmental employment laws, such as, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), California State Labor Law, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Affirmative Action (AA) the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL), Kin Care, and compliance with OFCCP guidelines for equal employment opportunity.
  • Researches and interprets new, revised or proposed federal and state employment law regulations.  Creates and implements new plant-level Human Resources policies and procedures as needed.
  • Protects the interests of employees and the company in accordance with company Human Resources policies and governmental laws and regulations.


HR Policy Administration

  • Executes company Human Resources policies and strategies at the plant level.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of plant-level Human Resources policies and practices and ensures consistent application of those policies and practices.
  • Partners with management to communicate Human Resources policies, procedures, programs and laws.
  • Provides advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and documentation.
  • Conducts internal audits of HR policy and procedure application.
  • Coordinates the HRIS system and HR record retention through the Administrative Assistants.


HR Office Management

  • Manages the daily transactions of the Human Resources office.
  • Provides direction and leadership to the HR Administrative Assistants.
  • Establishes and maintains an accurate and employee friendly environment.
  • Manages the plant uniform contract, plant janitorial contract, department supply budget, and plant employee relations budget.


Human Resources Information Systems

  • Maintains the HRIS employee-related data bases.
  • Prepares, analyzes, and distributes reports that are necessary to carry out the functions of the department.
  • Oversees the attendance tracking system and performance documentation process.


Record Retention

  • Ensures compliance with company record retention policies.
  • Manages HR hard copy filing systems and maintains accuracy.
  • Completes internal audits of HR records.


Employee Benefits & Compensation

  • Serves as the site subject matter expert on the company benefits program.
  • Provides day-to-day benefits administration services.  Assists employees with claim issue resolution and ensures the accurate/timely execution of the company benefits program through the coordination of the Administrative Assistants.
  • Manages the annual benefits open enrollment process.
  • Administers leave of absence program and ensures proper coordination of state disability insurance program.
  • Oversees the tracking and communication of FMLA, CFRA, leave of absence and PDL usage.
  • Assist with Workers Compensation program.  Monitors claims and communicates directly with the claims administrator and corporate risk management.  Coordinates medical management and modified work duty programs.
  • Assists with the employee incentive plan administration.
  • Maintains the plant wage structure.



You Have (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, or Organizational Development or similar program.
  • 3-5 years of progressive leadership experience in Human Resources exempt professional position.

We Hope You Also Have (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Specialized training in employment law, organizational development, employee relations, and preventative labor relations.
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
  • Prior cheese and/or dairy foods manufacturing experience.
  • Knowledge and ability to manage continuous improvement processes such as Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, etc.
  • Preferred experience with leading and/or supporting Continuous Improvement initiatives. Knowledge and experience working within CI methodologies in the following areas:  Kaizen, Standard Work, 5S Program, Process Mapping, Cause Mapping, and Project Management
  • Proficient computer knowledge, including Microsoft Office products.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to individuals at all levels within the company.
  • Familiarity or ability to learn SAP, or similar integrated manufacturing system.
  • Ability to influence upward, laterally, and downward without any direct line authority.
  • Language and Technical Skills

    • Proficient computer knowledge, including Microsoft Office products.
    • Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing to individuals at all levels within the company.
    • Familiarity or ability to learn SAP, or similar integrated manufacturing system.
    • Ability to influence upward, laterally, and downward without any direct line authority.

    Reasoning Ability

    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    • Ability to determine the root cause to issues that arise, using skills of investigation, organizing thoughts and conclusions, and presenting these solutions to others.
    • Ability to deal with and understand different cultures.

    Physical Demands and Work Environment

    • This position will be exposed to both an office and production operations environment.  Industrial setting includes both wet and dry production areas with loud noise and varying degress of temperature from freezer to extreme heat.
    • Long periods of both sedentary activity and movement (walking/standing) is required.
    • Bending, squatting and climbing of steps may be needed occasionally.
    • Specific vision may be required for this position, including close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception, and the ability to read computer screens for extended time periods.



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