HR Manager, Wheeling

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Wheeling, IL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Company Overview:

DESTACO, a Dover Company, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance automation, workholding, and remote handling solutions.  The company serves customers in variety of end-markets, including the automotive, life sciences, consumer goods, packaging, aerospace, and nuclear sectors. 


Built on a legacy of over 100 years, DESTACO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to engineer precise movement, placement and control solutions that drive productivity and uptime for manufacturers around the world.  The DESTACO family of products consists of industry-leading brands such as DESTACO Manual and Power Clamps, Camco and Ferguson Indexers, Robohand Grippers and CRL Manipulators and Transfer Ports. 

DESTACO is based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and operates globally through ~ 800 employees across 13 locations.


Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion.  The company delivers innovative equipment and components, specialty systems, and support services through four major operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, and Refrigeration & Food Equipment.  Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under “DOV.”

Position Summary:

The Human Resources (HR) Manager is responsible for providing HR leadership and support of a multi-functional, multi-product line manufacturing facility. This includes the coordination and implementation of systems, processes, policies and programs for recruitment and selection, onboarding, coaching as well as training and development for both the hourly and salaried workforce. This role will partner closely with the Plant Manager in developing and implementing strategic initiatives around engaging the employee workforce and creating high performing teams. While the primary Plant will be in Wheeling, IL, there may be a second location in Redwing, MN that the successful person in this role would be responsible for.


The Human Resources Manager reports to the Vice President of Global Human Resources with a dotted-line to the Plant Manager.  This position is of key importance and visibility within the Company. This position is located in Wheeling, IL and requires the ability to travel up to 20%.


Key Job Responsibilities included but not limited to:

  • As a member of the plant leadership team, fosters a culture of transparency, disciplined problem solving, high performance work teams, and continuous improvement.  Strives to ensure the appropriate team, tools, and processes are in place to support these desired cultural traits.
  • Works with Destaco’s corporate team on identifying key talent, aligning them in the right roles, and preparing them to deliver great results for the company.
  • Creates excitement within the facility with a keen ability to drive strong employee engagement and cross-functional collaboration.
  • Operates as a trusted leader for the site, coaches both employees and managers on all employee relations, helps establish a culture of problem solvers
  • Fosters an environment of appreciation within the facility, developing ways to recognize employees and celebrate wins.
  • Leads and promotes safety awareness with other key members of the plant team.  Promotes accident prevention and employee involvement in regards to a safe work environment.  Ensures employees have an understanding of the safety expectations of the organization.
  • Leverages continuous improvement tools to drive continued operational improvements and ensures engagement of the entire manufacturing team through strong communication and clear direction.
  • Drive proactive workforce planning for future and current staffing needs. Will lead all hiring, onboarding and retention activities with the support of corporate team.
  • Provides support with compensation and benefits questions and delivery for the site.
  • Other challenging and amazing duties as they arise.


Leadership Competencies aligned with Dover and executed in Destaco with appropriate expectations for the job level:

  • Identifies and Develops Talent: Identifies and develops individuals with the appropriate skills, experience, and competencies for current and future roles. Creates a learning environment that recognizes and maximizes the potential of all employees
  • Change Leadership: Aligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions. Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same direction. Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.
  • Builds and Manages Collaborative Relationships: Establishes and nurtures relationships to meet and exceed the expectations of key stakeholders and constituencies.


Job Requirements:



  • 7-10 years of experience of HR Generalist experience including HR Leadership at a manufacturing facility (manufacturing experience desirable)
  • Successful experience with high performance work teams in a non-union facility required.
  • Experience working in and knowledge of the broader Chicagoland area and talent market highly desired.
  • Experience with leading and implementing the following in some capacity:
    • Change Management
    • Coaching and developing managers, supervisors and team members
    • Performance Management processes
    • Talent Acquisition/Recruitment
  • Experience with Continuous Improvement / Lean processes and tools
  • Multi-site experience is a plus
  • Track record of driving employee engagement; identification of organizational opportunities and gaps, determining solutions, and implementing them
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in excel, PowerPoint


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High energy, tenacity to get results, does what it takes to win
  • Independent self-starter and strong learner
  • Hands on with the ability to do heavy lifting work directly and through others
  • Excellent communicator including verbal, and written skills
  • Strong influence and influence without authority skills
  • Natural relationship builder/collaborator
  • Strong business acumen, analytical and strategic capabilities balanced with ability to implement and get the right things done with strong organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Best-practice and continuous process improvement oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to work across levels and cultures a plus
  • Desire to grow, develop and relocate within Destaco or Dover in the future


Education and Certification Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • MBA a plus


Travel Requirements:

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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