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Position Title: HR Specialist - Appleton 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Appleton 

Requisition ID: 28889 



We are looking for a Human Resources Specialist to join our team in Appleton Wisconsin! McCain Food’s facility in Appleton Wisconsin is a large-scale food processing plant, employing approximately 500 employees. This site specializes in the production of jalapeño poppers and other appetizers. Fun Fact: the jalapeño popper was trademarked at this site!

Position Summary:
As the successful candidate, you will provide HR oversight in support of the Winning Culture Strategy. You will recommend process improvements, provide project leadership, and metrics oversight that allows for monitoring trends against key HR measures and market labor conditions. The HR Specialist provides expert support in four main areas leveraging knowledge of local / regional / cultural people practices:


  1. Elevated employee relations, engagement activities & initiatives
  1. Provide guidance and solutions for HR operational issues
  2. Handles complex and escalated employee / labour relations matters, and supports            compliance, policy and procedures
  1. Liaison, partner with and collaborate with HR service center, Benefits, Talent                       Acquisition, Compensation to drive employee solutions


In addition to these four main areas of support, the HR Specialist plays a key role in supporting all HR activities, programs, and projects.

**Please note this is an onsite position.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provides executional support to HRBP and Plant Leadership Team to deliver shared business goals and HR initiatives that align to the Winning Culture Strategy
  • Works in partnership with HR Business Partner and people leaders to drive a continuous improvement mindset to enable the everyday engagement of their teams
  • Oversee and advise people leaders and employees with complex employment and labour relations issues, including overseeing the corrective action and attendance management processes
  • Collaborate with leadership team to support improvement in turnover and retention
  • Working in collaboration with HRBP and TA resources to manage talent and succession with a strong focus on attracting, recruiting, and effectively onboarding diverse talent
  • Working in collaboration with the HRBP’s and our leaders to be an ambassador of driving diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Support regional implementation of CoE-driven processes, policies, and initiatives
  • Participate in the execution of learning and development initiatives such as Great People Leaders and related programs from local and global COE 
  • Analyzes the data available through our McCain Systems, to identify trends and take insight driven actions while striving to continually improve.
  • Review and support the development of our HR Procedures, to ensure compliance with legislative updates and best practice changes while playing a key role in the coordination of the HR aspects in Audits
  • Ensure effective verbal and written employee communication
  • Provide leadership and guidance to HR Specialist
  • Support HR Specialist with the core areas of employee relations, labour relations, high volume recruitment, and in-scope LOA processes as needed



  • 3-5 years of experience as a HR Generalist
  • Bachelor degree in Human Resources or a related field
  • Professional Human Resources certification would be an asset
  • Ability to apply HR knowledge / experience across HR policies, programs, processes and functions
  • Strong knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations
  • Strong business-specific knowledge coupled with project management and analytical skills
  • Proven teamwork capabilities; strong relationship management and interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with impact and handle confidential information
  • Working knowledge of HR systems is beneficial, particularly SuccessFactors and Service Now


Want to learn more? Ask our recruiter on LinkedIn! #LI-MN1


About McCain: 

McCain Foods is proud to be a family and values-driven company. Our values are integral to our culture, helping to shape how we operate, how we work together and the choices we make. They are a big part of what makes us unique. McCain Foods opened their first production facility in their hometown of Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. McCain Foods quickly established itself within the Canadian marketplace and then began a journey to become the world's largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties. McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers around the world. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including appetizers, oven meals, vegetables and juice for both the retail and foodservice industries. 


Why You Should Join Our Team:  

McCain offers full benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance. In addition, we offer other benefits including:  

  • 401k 
  • HSA 
  • Adoption Assistance  
  • Infertility Assistance 
  • Education Reimbursement Assistance  
  • Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave  

Sustainability and Plant Friendly Practices are at the Heart of McCain:

We’ve embarked upon a journey to create planet-friendly food. Food that will use fewer natural resources in factories and farms, answer the need of increasingly health and planet-conscious consumers, and contribute to positive change in the rural communities where we grow our ingredients.

  • We are moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Donating 200 million meals to food banks and NGO worldwide by 2025.
  • Implementing regenerative agricultural practices across 100% of our potato acreage by 2030.


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Human Resources      
Division: NA HR 
Department: ​Appleton Human Resources ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Appleton 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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