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ATS Company:  ATS Automation Tooling Systems
Requisition ID:  4267

Cambridge, ON, CA, N3H 4R7

Date:  Jun 3, 2021

HR Business Partner

Job Description


Position:   HR Business Partner
Department:   Products & Food Technology, ATS Products Group
Reports To:   General Manager 


Job Summary:
This position reports to the General Manager, ATS Products Group. This individual will provide human resources support for specific client groups and disciplines within the ATS Products Group (APG), a division of the Products and Food Technology segment.


The HR Business Partner will be the go-to resource for People Managers and their teams for all human resources related matters. This role, which will be based out of Cambridge, ON, will be a trusted resource for HR expertise as well as a coach and mentor to our employees. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide Human Resources expertise, support and guidance to assigned divisional leaders and their teams in the areas of: 
    • workforce planning and talent management
    • Recruitment and onboarding
    • employee relations
    • organization design and restructuring
    • performance management, employee engagement, retention, and employee/leader development 
  • Proactively partner with the business to understand critical business priorities and HR implications   
  • With support of their manager and segment HRVP, recommend, develop and administer human resources policies, procedures and programs in support of business initiatives ensuring compliance with governing regulations, internal policies and best practices
  • Maintain an effective level of business literacy about the business unit's financial position, its midrange plans, its culture and its competition


Business Partnership:

  • Understand the critical objectives of the business and partner with the greater HR network to help influence the culture, create a positive employee experience, and champion relevant organizational changes and initiatives. 
  • May drive positive change by supporting and partnering with Management, Directors and/or VP’s on broader employee issues
  • Support complex employee matters


Recruitment and Onboarding:

  • Actively involved in developing hiring plans in collaboration with business leaders
  • Supporting the recruitment and onboarding activities of top talent including co-ops, interns, apprentices, full-time employees and contractors
  • Partner with leaders to ensure new hires are properly on boarded

Performance Management and Employee Relations:

  • Manage and facilitate the annual performance management cycle including supporting leaders in the development/establishment of annual goals, training new hires and leaders and facilitating calibration sessions
  • Identify, evaluate and resolve employee relations issues that foster collaboration and improved performance
  • Participate and/or lead any progressive disciplinary actions, terminations, restructuring and change management activities 


Talent Management and Employee Development: 

  • Coach and advise leaders on talent management best practices related to attracting, developing and retaining employees
  • Partner with the business and employees to define and develop career development plans, establish and maintain succession plans and foster and promote internal mobility
  • May initiate and support or lead investigations into complaints, performance issues and sensitive subjects


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Administer the annual compensation review process within the guidelines of the annual performance review cycle
  • Recommend and develop the business case for compensation adjustments as required
  • Partner with the business leaders and HR leadership to establish pay scale guidelines
  • Assist employees with benefits enrollment, obtaining clarification on complex benefits claims and supporting and facilitating any claims management and return to work activities


Functional Enhancements:

  • Contribute to continuous improvement ideas to enhance HR tools and processes and be an active participant in global ATS HR initiatives
  • Ability to participate in or lead continuous improvement events and enterprise or multi-segment HR Projects


Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to employees and leaders on HR programs, practices, policies, legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Support the management of illness or disability of employees related to either an occupational or a non-occupational absence and supporting the business with the development of RTW plans, accommodation, and injury/illness reporting
  • Provide leadership, mentor and direct the daily activities of junior team members as needed
  • Demonstrate a continuous improvement mindset related to health and safety, employee wellness offerings and environmental initiatives.  Ensure data accuracy and integrity within all HR systems

Job Qualifications


  • A post-secondary degree specializing in human resources or equivalent and completion or in pursuit of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation
  • Requires a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of Human Resources experience in an HR Business Partner or HR Generalist capacity preferably within a manufacturing or engineering environment
  • Knowledge and experience across a broad range of HR disciplines including: recruitment and selection, compensation practices, employee relations, performance management and practical knowledge and experience in the application of the Employment Standards Act (ESA) or local employment standards legislation
  • Ability to have difficult conversations with employees
  • Customer focused with proven relationship building strengths
  • Strong business acumen and analytic capability to identify and diagnose pressing business challenges
  • Financial acumen, competent in understanding financial statements and the overall financial health of the business
  • Strong communication and presentation skills with demonstrated ability to write clear, concise and compelling messaging
  • A self-starter with the ability to successfully manage multiple demands while continuing to be strategically focused
  • Proven ability to work closely with leaders to support the resolution of employee issues
  • Demonstrated ability to invite diverse perspectives, promote an inclusive work environment and support workforce diversity
  • HR data analytics experience is an asset
  • Microsoft Office 365 and experience with HRIS systems

Why Join ATS?


  • Be a part of a global organization that is a leader in its industry
  • Subsidized breakfast and lunch daily; free gourmet beverages - coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Plus, Treat Day is every other week!
  • Monthly “In-Chair Massage” clinic on-site with a Registered Massage Therapist
  • Ability to participate in a variety of charitable events
  • Social Club that offers BBQs and other social events throughout the year
  • Work with other bright, talented people and discover opportunities for professional growth, and much more!


ATS is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), 2005 and will, upon request, assist those who may require specific accommodations due to a personal disability. We would ask that those who require assistance to notify our offices as soon as possible if accommodation is necessary.

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