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Human Resources Generalist


Location: Ontario, CA 

Exemption: Exempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Implement human resources policies, programs and services, including recruitment, selection, retention, legal compliance, employee relations, employee benefits, employment practices and procedures, and employee communications.  Serve as an internal consultant to facility management team, supervisors and employees on personnel issues that affect performance and business relationships while fostering a workplace environment consistent with the values and mission outlined by leadership of Ventura Foods. The continued achievement of safe work and food safe work will ensure our customer’s needs and the needs of Ventura Foods are achieved on a daily basis.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with HR Manager and other members of the management in recommending new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of various departments and services performed.
  • Ensures uniform compliance with personnel policies by managing and reviewing all discipline, investigations, and workers compensation claims while reporting findings to Human Resources Manager.   
  • Responsible for managing overall performance management, leave of absence programs, new hire orientation and employee engagement efforts.
  • Assists recruitment effort for all nonexempt personnel to fill various job openings.  Reviews job applications and interviews applicants to match experience with specific job related requirements.
  • Responsible for compliance with Federal and State legislation pertaining to all personnel and payroll matters and communicating those changes to appropriate staff.
  • Develops and administers various human resources plans and procedures for facility; monitoring to ensure proper implementation and interpretation.
  • Oversees personnel record keeping related to new hire, employee review, promotions, transfers, employee benefits, separations and exit interviews.
  • Maintains working to improve and sustain a positive employee and/or labor relations within the manufacturing operation.
  • Manages special projects and performs other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years' experience in as a Human Resources Specialist or Generalist, including LOA experience required.
  • Experience in administering employee benefits & knowledge of payroll procedures.
  • Experience coordinating and administering employee training.
  • Experience in supporting the administration of FMLA/ADA and other protected leave activities.
  • Ability to travel 5%.
  • Experience in union and non-union work environments is a plus.
  • Experience in labor relations is a bonus.
  • Experience with talent assessment & succession planning.
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification preferred. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish is highly preferred.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to objectively coach employees and management through complex, difficult, and emotional issues. 
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of personnel administration, payroll, employee benefits and safety. 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to observe confidentiality. 
  • Ability to make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is in consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures and regulation or government law. 
  • Knowledge of employment law and other government compliance regulations.                                                                                                       

Example Salary with Bonus:

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Salary Base Range of $74,500 – $95,000 for Employees Located in California*
  • Annual bonus (based on the incentive program terms and conditions)

*The “base salary range” provided above is a good faith estimate of what we expect to pay for this position.   The range provided is for California-based employees as Ventura Foods is required by California State Law to post pay rates.  Ventura Foods reserves the right to pay outside of the given range based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: candidate skills and experience, complexity of the job, budgetary factors, and location/geography.  Ventura Foods conducts regular reviews of compensation ranges and therefore reserves the right to alter this range at any given time.


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Riverside
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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