Top performing Human Resource executive with 20 years of food processing industry experience including organizations with 500 – 1,000+ employees.  Track record in leading complex initiatives and transformations.


– The creation and implementation of corporate HR transformation strategies, programs designed  to create, increase and sustain a positive employee experience and generate business value through  a focus on culture, increased performance, talent retention and improved labor relations and people-related processes.
– The full oversight of business start-ups of new facilities which includes the opening of a mega facility in Illinois, the transition and relocation of employees into existing sites and the overall recruitment, onboarding, on the job training and culture integration.
– The development and execution of HR processes and systems all levels of the employee life-cycle, including organizational design, recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits, training, development and performance management, culture transformation, employee/labor relations, employee engagement, talent management, employment compliance, cost reduction and health, and safety.

-The introduction of process improvements and cost savings through comprehensive workforce plans, Temporary Provider Utilization improvements, Benefit plan design changes, Workers Compensation claim management, Training grants, and application of tax Incentives.

– Developed and executed strategic HR best practices in the areas of talent acquisition, onboarding, on-the-job training and performance management across enterprise-wide operations resulting in culture transformation, HR Process improvements and cost savings throughout the North America organization.

-Redefined the HR department as a valued business partner across North America by leveraging and optimizing the team’s individual strengths, the design and implementation of large-scale change HR initiatives, and the introduction of new HR technology and processes which resulted in an increase of efficiency and effectiveness of the department and the development of team members.

Presided over periods of massive organizational change – streamlining processes and integrating operations through repeated mergers and acquisitions.

– Extensive experience negotiating with local and international labor unions, administrating collective bargaining agreements, mediating grievance processes, and ensuring necessary facilities remain union-free.

– Expertise in industry standards, General Safety, Food Safety/ Good Manufacturing practices
– Excel at implementing safety procedures to reduce Worker’s Compensation expenses by nearly $1 million annually.



– BA Organizational Psychology

– MA Human Services



– Greater Chicago, Illinois locations only

– Compensation flexible in the $170-200k range




Meet Your Recruiter

Laurie Hyllberg

Vice President at Kinsa Group and Executive Recruiter. Laurie champions Kinsa’s position as the top food and beverage recruiting firm in the nation and presence in the global FMCG marketplace. To her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Business Management and Marketing she adds 20 years of executive search experience in the food and beverage industry at Kinsa Group. Building a network of executives and professionals through membership in the Women’s Foodservice Forum, Institute of Food Technologists, FaB Wisconsin, Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network, and maintaining professional expertise in recruiting as an Executive Board Member for the Recruiters Of Wisconsin association, Laurie is able to connect top talent in the food industry with food and beverage processors and food service companies growing their teams at the C-Suite, VP, Director, and Management level. Connect with Laurie today!
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