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Sample Job Description HR Manager

March 10, 2002
Related Topics: HR Services and Administration, Featured Article

Human Resources Manager

Reports To:


Develops policy and directs and coordinates human resources activities, suchas employment, compensation, labor relations, benefits, training, and employeeservices by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyzes wage and salary reports and data to determine competitivecompensation plan.

  • Writes directives advising department managers of Company policy regardingequal employment opportunities, compensation, and employee benefits.

  • Consults legal counsel to ensure that policies comply with federal andstate law.

  • Develops and maintains a human resources system that meets top managementinformation needs.

  • Oversees the analysis, maintenance, and communication of records requiredby law or local governing bodies, or other departments in the organization.

  • Identifies legal requirements and government reporting regulationsaffecting human resources functions and ensures policies, procedures, andreporting are in compliance. Studies legislation, arbitration decisions, andcollective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends.

  • Writes and delivers presentations to corporate officers or governmentofficials regarding human resources policies and practices.

  • Recruits, interviews, tests, and selects employees to fill vacantpositions.

  • Plans and conducts new employee orientation to foster positive attitudetoward Company goals.

  • Keeps records of benefits plans participation such as insurance and pensionplan, personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, transfers, performancereviews, and terminations, and employee statistics for government reporting.

  • Coordinates management training in interviewing, hiring, terminations,promotions, performance review, safety, and sexual harassment.

  • Advises management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues.

  • Responds to inquiries regarding policies, procedures, and programs.

  • Administers performance review program to ensure effectiveness, compliance,and equity within organization. Administers salary administration program toensure compliance and equity within organization.

  • Administers benefits programs such as life, health, and dental insurance,pension plans, vacation, sick leave, leave of absence, and employee assistance.

  • Investigates accidents and prepares reports for insurance carrier.Coordinates Safety Committee meetings and acts as Safety Director.

  • Conducts wage surveys within labor market to determine competitive wagerate.

  • Prepares budget of human resources operations.

  • Prepares employee separation notices and related documentation, andconducts exit interviews to determine reasons behind separations.

  • Prepares reports and recommends procedures to reduce absenteeism andturnover.

  • Represents organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.

  • Contracts with outside suppliers to provide employee services, such astemporary employees, search firms, or relocation services.


Provides management direction and counseling. Supervises clerical assistantand temporary staffing as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform eachessential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representativeof the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentialfunctions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to twoyears related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of educationand experience.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Abilityto respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability towrite speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations oncontroversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boardsof directors.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability andstatistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry andtrigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios,and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide rangeof intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism(formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases.Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

PHR or SPHR Certification preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities toperform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly requiredto sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; andtalk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. Theemployee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific visionabilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depthperception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of thisjob. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential functions.

The information contained here is intended to provide useful information onthe topic covered, but should not be construed as legal advice or a legalopinion.

Reprinted with permission from "Exhibit Books of PositionDescriptions," Watson Wyatt Data Services. For more information, visit or call (201) 843-1177 and ask for Customer Service.

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