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IDEX Human Resources Director in Benton Harbor, Michigan

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Human Resources Director


Gast Manufacturing


Vice President of HR at Gast & IH&S-Fluidics


Benton Harbor, MI


The Human Resources Director reports to the President of Gast Manufacturing and Vice President of HR functionally this role will provide leadership and coordination for the company’s Human Resources function. The HR Director will partner with Senior Leadership by providing leadership and consulting support on matters of goal setting, policy development, and support in linking business and tactical strategies to the human capital plans for Gast Manufacturing.


  • Develops human resources policies and processes for the Gast Manufacturing organization

  • Responsibility will include organizational planning and development; employee recruitment and retention; performance management; compensation structures; employee relations and culture building; benefits programs; safety and health; training and professional development

  • Manage processes in such a manner that ensures cost-effectiveness,

market competitiveness, and internal equity among employees

  • Establish credibility with management and employees in order to be an effective resource. Assist leaders in the evaluation of their department structure and team plans for continual improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of the group

  • Establish and monitor a comprehensive performance management process to include: goal setting; performance appraisals; coaching and feedback; wage and salary structure; pay policies; and career development

  • Develop and execute effective recruitment, orientation, and retention program. Develop staffing strategies and implementation plans to identify talent within and outside the corporation for

positions in the future

  • Develop and monitor opportunities for employees and leadership development

  • Continually assess the competitiveness of all programs and practices against relevant comparable companies, industries, and markets

  • Develop appropriate policies and programs for effective management of business issues such as affirmative action; sexual harassment; employee complaints; training and development; career development

  • Monitor legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting the business; these include OSHA, EEO, ERISA, Wage and Hour issues, etc. Monitor the company’s exposure and handle requests for information

  • Coordinate the HR activities throughout the organization. Coach, develop and mentor the HR support employees at GAST Manufacturing locations

  • Manage other areas such as relocation, immigration, employee communication, employee safety, and health - Maintain knowledge of industry trends and employment legislation

  • Monitor all immigration, unemployment, workman’s compensation, and personnel legal cases. Consult with legal counsel as appropriate

  • Other projects as necessary.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or related field (an MBA is helpful/ideal)

  • A minimum of 10 years experience in Human Resources. A minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership role in a multi-site organization. An experienced HR professional with sound technical

skills and appropriate industry experience. Generalist background with broad knowledge of employment, compensation, organizational planning, employee relations, and training. Familiarity with COBRA, ERISA, FMLA, ADA, and related state and federal regulations required

  • An excellent facilitator who is experienced in resolving conflict between different parties. Strong consultative relationship building with leaders and employees. Ability to establish credibility and get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, and flexible

  • A decisive individual who possesses a results-oriented focus, but can also balance the needs of the business with the needs of the individual. Resourceful and well organized. High energy level, comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with day to day activities

  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquires or complaints. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to employee groups and/or management at all levels of the company

  • Ability to create and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality when dealing with proprietary information and sensitive situations

  • Proven leadership experience in a growing organization. Demonstrated career progression is essential

  • International business experience is a plus

  • Prior experience in a Fortune 500 company, non-union environment, employing individuals with an engineering/technical background is preferred

  • Prior success in developing new processes, leading project improvement teams, communicating changes effectively to others, building commitment, and overcoming resistance

  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel & PowerPoint) a must


  • These positions may require lawful access to ITAR/EAR controlled information

  • Employees in this role will need to meet those requirements

  • Requirements include US Citizenship or US Permanent Resident


Gast Manufacturing, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing quality air-moving products since 1921. Our vacuum pumps, compressors, air motors, gear motors, vacuum generators, and regenerative blowers meet the many challenging applications of OEMs and end-users worldwide.

For industrial manufacturing, health care, lab, or environmental cleanup applications, Gast provides a full range of ideally suited and cost-effective solutions to any pneumatic problem.


IDEX (NYE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, IDEX businesses make thousands of products that are mission-critical components in everyday activities. Chances are the car you’re driving has a BAND-IT® clamp holding your side airbag safely in place. If you were ever in a car accident, a Hurst Jaws of Life® rescue tool may have saved your life. If you or a family member is battling cancer, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best-targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our growing IDEX Health & Science team.

Gast Manufacturing, a Unit of IDEX Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

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