HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST (Business Partner) - Carleton, MI

Human Resources


Based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Guardian Industries is a diversified, global company with a vision to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 17,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian Glass is a leading international manufacturer of float, value-added coated, and fabricated glass products and solutions for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. SRG Global is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics for the automotive and commercial truck industries, providing solutions for greater surface durability, structural integrity, functionality, vehicle efficiency and design flexibility. Guardian Building Products is a leading U.S. based distributor of specialty building products. For more information, visit


Guardian is an entrepreneurial environment for results-oriented individuals with a unique culture that focuses on results, playing to win and rewarding employees for their commitment to excellence.


The Human Resources Department at Guardian Industries, Carleton, MI facility is searching for an energetic Human Resource Generalist.  The HR Generalist is expected to be trained with the potential to be moved into a Human Resource Manager role in one of the other North American facilities (Therefore, the ability to relocate is a non-negotiable).


The ideal candidate will possess the skills and knowledge sought below, but of equal importance, he or she will be self-motivated, possess a positive attitude, and be a creative thinker. This is a “hands-on” position that will work effectively with all departments in the Carleton plant. Maintaining accountability, a high level of responsibility and working effectively with cross-functional teams is crucial for the success of this position.


      • Continuous improvement of the selection process to identify the appropriate talent and level of talent to advance our desired culture and profitably staff the location.
      • Ensure employees connect with how they drive value for the company; Identify talent gaps (individually and organizationally) that are obstacles to superior results and coach supervisors on the development of gap closure plans.
      • Understand, develop, apply, and coach employees on our culture of Market Based Management®.
      • Identify HR Compliance risks and develop gap closure plans to address risks.
      • Interpreting policies and practices; Managing FMLA, ADA, & Workers Compensation.
      • Investigating questions and/or complaints; resolving employee relations issues and using each complaint/issue as opportunity to understand the true root cause and develop a plan to resolve the root cause.
      • Drive innovation in HR functions and processes.
      • Responsible for leading programs involving policy support and administration, employee relations and HR compliance.
      • Responsible for conducting new hire orientation including policy and benefit program review, processing of new hire paperwork, etc., and will be tasked with creating partnerships with line managers and supervisors, while promoting positive employee relations with employees. Ability to build credibility & trust with the workforce
      • Advocate employee interests and perspectives by listening and identifying key issues, and facilitates communications.
      • Develops solutions to a variety of moderately complex employee related issues.
      • Will maintain and improve company culture by, at times, facilitating principled based decision making with supervisors around disciplinary actions.
      • Will support change processes that involve skill building, training, leadership development and hourly performance management.
      • Identify and drive the communication and sharing of best practices across functions to facilitate continuous improvement. Coaches employees to enhance professional development using a variety of resources or methods (e.g., one-on-one sessions, training, mentoring).
      • Will assist in investigating questions and/or complaints while resolving employee issues.
      • Will be responsible for all/any HR administrative duties as necessary.


    • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, Psychology, Social Science or other closely related field.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including both written and verbal communication capability
    • High Attention to detail.
    • Excellent computer skills including solid familiarity with MS Office products


  • Previous HR experience working in a non-union, manufacturing or industrial environment.
  • Minimum of 2-4 years HR Generalist experience.
  • Involvement in a changing work environment.


  • Demonstrated proficiency with basic HR generalist functions, such as employee relations, training and development, Recruiting and Selection, HRIS, or policy administration required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to partner with managers and employees to positively impact business results.
  • Ability to interact effectively with employees at all levels.
  • Ability to build relationships and influence others.
  • Demonstrated accountability, critical thinking and responsibility for independent judgment and successful outcomes.

What do we have to offer?

Why work for Guardian?


  • A culture that places top priority on integrity and compliance
  • Encouragement to challenge the status quo and share knowledge
  • Responsibilities and rewards based on contributions
  • Competitive compensation and a wide variety of benefits including health/dental/life insurance, prescription coverage, STD and optional LTD, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401 (k) with a $1 for $1 match up to 7%.


For more information about Guardian Industries Corp., visit us at


Guardian Industries Corp. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


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