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ATS Company:  ATS Automation Tooling Systems
Requisition ID:  9833

Cambridge, ON, CA, N3H 4R7

Date:  May 17, 2023

Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Join our globally growing team at ATS Industrial Automation where we create complex automation solutions at the highest level that sustainably impact lives around the world. 


At ATS, a publicly traded global company with a proud 40-year history, we help drive the future with our factory-wide automation solutions. At ATS Industrial Automation, what we do matters - both to our customers and to their customers. With 1000 skilled employees around the world, we design, build and service mission-critical automated assembly and test solutions for mobility, nuclear and specialty automation. Our customers are leaders in their industries and rely on us to deliver what we promise - on time and on budget.  Combined with our broad product portfolio, financial strength and global presence, we provide our customers with the best automation solutions wherever and whenever they need them.

Job Description


  • Provides Human Resources expertise, support, and guidance to assigned divisional leaders and their teams in the areas of workforce planning, recruitment, talent management, 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, 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.


This role encompasses a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:

  • 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. 
  • Support complex employee matters
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement ideas to enhance HR tools and processes and be an active participant in global ATS HR initiatives.
  • 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. 

Additional Information

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 seven (7) to ten (10) 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

Why should you join ATS Industrial Automation?

  • Be a part of an engaged, empowered and innovative global workforce
  • We offer a robust total rewards package- Competitive starting salaries, comprehensive health and dental benefits, overtime pay, employee bonus, RSP matching, Employee Share Purchase Program
  • We provide awesome work perks such as treat days, gourmet coffee and beverages, subsidized breakfast and lunches in our cafeteria, employee referral bonuses and lots more.
  • We are intentional about your professional growth and development through internal career opportunities and our educational reimbursement program.


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


 If you're excited about this role, but do not meet all the qualifications listed above, you are still encouraged to apply. 

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