Human Resources Business Partner


Employment Type: Full-time

Location: Cortland, New York

This position is within the Mining And Metals Industry

Job Summary

Who is Pyrotek? Pyrotek is the most successful global industrial company you’ve never heard of (until now). Pyrotek is a global leader in high temperature materials and our products impact virtually everyone in the developed world. Our global team has worked for decades to deliver new technologies, advanced engineered systems and innovative materials to customers in industries all over the world. The last car, train and plane you rode in were all safer and more energy efficient because of Pyrotek. The beverage cans in your refrigerator are lighter, stronger and infinitely recyclable because of Pyrotek. Join our team and create, improve and innovate the everyday!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Work in partnership with management on Human Resources (HR) related issues. Anticipate and assess HR-related needs and seek to develop integrated solutions that support Pyrotek’s mission, culture and business objectives. Act as employee champion and change agent. Formulate partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to internal customers.

As a member of the USA Human Resources Team ensure strict compliance with all federal, state and local regulations relating to HR, training and any additional assigned areas of responsibility.

  • Working knowledge of all aspects of Human Resources with a strong emphasis on employment law, recruitment, HRIS, people strategies, and performance management.  Specialized experience in benefits and/or compensation a plus.  Possess the functional and technical skills, which guarantee a high level of accomplishment.
  • Ability to positively interact, work collaboratively with and motivate a diverse group of people at all levels of the organization.
  •  Ability to apply a large measure of common sense to a variety of situations.
  • Actively promotes an environment of tolerance, acceptance and civility.
  • Ability to actively participate with management in developing and managing strategic goals and objectives.
  • Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listen and get clarification, and respond well to questions.  Excellent group presentation skills.
  • Courage to make, and influence others to make, difficult people decisions. Able to foster commitment to the shared mission and vision of Pyrotek.
  • Ability to coach employees and managers in a solution-oriented manner, which encourages positive outcomes.
  • Ability to work independently, without significant direction and to use resources effectively to “figure it out”. 
  • Strong math and critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and keen attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 
  • Ability to read and understand basic business financial reporting. 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Proficient computer skills using a variety of office and HR/Benefit related software applications, including Microsoft Office Products, HRIS and Application Tracking Systems. Strong Excel proficiency required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to own personal professional development and learning. Proactively involved with professional and community organizations that promote professional growth and/or enhance Pyrotek’s ability to meet and/or exceed goals and objectives.
  • Exhibit flexibility in work schedule and perform beyond a normal workday.


Must Haves:  Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related field, plus a minimum of five years of generalist HR experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working as a sole practitioner and/or in a manufacturing environment is highly valued.

Certifications: SHRM-CP/PHR, SHRM-SCP/SPHR preferred.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

  • As part of the USA HR Team and the local management team(s) develop effective working relationships that enhance positive people management throughout Pyrotek. Influence for good and challenge the team on the development and delivery of their workforce development plans in support of the achievement of the business and HR strategies.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of people, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Positively contribute to the overall USA HR conversation, goals and initiatives. Proactively participate in HR projects that support our overall effort to build engaged, satisfied and productive people.
  • Serve as the HR expert for the states, county and municipalities assigned facilities reside in. Stay up-to-date on new and revised rules, laws and ordinances. Provide timely updates and present proposals to the USA HR Director on related changes, concerns and process improvements.
  • Provide HR guidance and interpretation to management on employee relations matters. Ensure all people management is accomplished fairly, consistently, and in compliance with federal/state regulations and Pyrotek policy. Conduct effective, thorough and objective investigations and work to develop creative solutions.
  • Provide guidance and input on workforce planning, restructure and succession planning. Act as the performance improvement driver, providing day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
  • Work closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, and increase productivity and retention. Promote positive people relations by responding appropriately to inquiries, concerns and complaints and being professional, courteous and respectful at all times.
  • Conduct new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward company goals. Oversee completion of HR, payroll, tax and benefit documents to ensure new employees are properly enrolled in benefits and set up in the payroll system. Assist management with weekly/biweekly payroll processes, as needed.
  • Assist with recruiting, arranging interviews, and selecting candidates fill vacant positions. Maintain local applicant tracking via the electronic recruitment module. Acquire local wage survey information within labor market to determine competitive wage rates.
  • Actively encourage continuous learning by providing management training and coaching in interviewing, hiring, terminations, promotions, performance review, safety, and sexual harassment, as needed.
  • Prepare employee separation notices and related documentation. Conduct exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.
  • Ensure all appropriate employee documents are scanned to electronic archive system in a timely manner.

Physical/Sensory Requirements:
Must be able to sit for long periods-of-time, bend and reach, use stairs, lift up to 25 pounds occasionally and communicate effectively in English by telephone, in person and in writing. Effectively use a personal computer, office equipment, telephone and 10-key.

Generally, work in an office environment; however, may be required to work with employees and management in the manufacturing environment where PPE is required and noise, heat and other hazardous environmental elements exist.

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