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Human Resources Manager

Location:
Naperville, Illinois, United States
Posted:
February 22, 2013
Email:
aboghf@r.postjobfree.com
Contact Info:
**********@*****.***


Joseph Sova
Naperville, Illinois *****
Cell - 708-***-****
aboghf@r.postjobfree.com
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joe-sova/0/8a2/a61

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Business partner/change agent with extensive international multi-site
manufacturing/distribution/financial services experience at the corporate
level of both Fortune 100 companies (PepsiCo, Baxter, Monsanto, GE, CNA)
and privately held firms. Human Resources executive with strong
Organizational Design, Management Development, Compensation, Benefits,
Union Avoidance, Labor Relations and Recruitment skills.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

COOK COUNTY ILLINOIS, Chicago, Illinois
2008-2011
2nd largest County Government in the U.S. 23,000 employees. 80 Collective
Bargaining Agreements.

Bureau Chief, Bureau of Human Resources
. Partnered with Federal Court appointed "Shakman Compliance
Administrator" in generating an "Employment Plan", encompassing
organization design, training, documentation, and automation aligned
with Federal Court Order objectives.
. Negotiated and successfully implemented Taleo Online Application
project on time and within budget, resulting in improved staffing
metrics.
. Transformed Performance Management Process
. Worked with Labor Relations Director, CFO and outside counsel in
preparing and executing arbitration and contract negotiations
strategies.

BLYTH HOMESCENTS INTERNATIONAL, Des Plaines, Illinois
2006-2008
$400 million North American Wholesale Division of Blyth Inc.

Vice President, Human Resources
. Reporting to Group President, developed and executed restructuring and
divesture HR strategy across multiple manufacturing/distribution
locations, including significant reductions in force, retention
agreements, renegotiation of lease agreements, and disposition of
assets. Partnered with functional VPs on finalizing future state
structure, role definition and skillset gaps.
. Orchestrated executive development initiative, including 360 multi
rater assessments, external coaching and high potential succession
planning action plans.

CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
2004-2005
$1.7 billion Private Postsecondary Education Provider.

Vice President, Human Resources
Led Human Resources function for Online Education Group. 3500 employees
across 5 locations.
. Led implementation of PeopleSoft automated timecard platform for 1700
non-exempt workforce requiring computer based training and parallel
testing of payroll data.
. Led temporary agency selection process and lead vendor contract that
saved $400,000 annually.

Joseph Sova

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CNA FINANCIAL, Chicago, Illinois
2001-2004
$9 billion written premium Property & Casualty Insurer.

Senior Human Resources Officer
. Led the executive team in the execution of a Six Sigma Process
Improvement strategy resulting in 7 projects achieving cost reductions
of $200,000 per project. Led Black Belt selection process.
. Championed new Talent Review succession plan process and
implementation of individual development plans for all employees.
Drove A-B-C Performance Management Methodology throughout all branch
locations.

GRIFFITH LABORATORIES, Alsip, Illinois
1998-1999
Privately held food ingredient company with $500 million in worldwide
revenues.

Vice President, Human Resources
. Implemented a skills based employee development, performance
management program.
. Achieved benefit cost reductions based on modification of plan design.

GENERAL ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT ENGINES, Cincinnati, Ohio
1997-1998
The world's leading manufacturer of military and commercial aircraft
engines. $10 billion in revenues.

Human Resources Manager
. Headed post acquisition integration/rationalization project,
strategically aligned Human Resources across 16 worldwide engine
overhaul and component repair facilities, including 3 in the Far
East, 2 in the U.K., 1 in South America and 10 in the U.S.

SEARLE PHARMACEUTICAL, Subsidiary of Monsanto, Skokie, Illinois
1991-1997
$5 billion drug division of an $8 billion life sciences company.

Human Resources Director - Manufacturing
Responsible for 3,000 domestic and international supply chain employees at
11 plants.
. Transformed the organizational design of a plant from "department" to
"process" that was coupled with a progressive voluntary enhanced
severance/retraining program and implementation of an employee
gainsharing program.
. Developed and managed a global People Development process for
manufacturing and created the "Searle Technologist Program" which
afforded employees an alternative career path.
. Generated HR Strategy for manufacturing startup site in Russia.

BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, Deerfield, Illinois
1989-1991
The world's leading supplier of medical related products.

Hospital Supply & Distribution Human Resources Manager

. Formulated and executed HR strategic plan for two new distribution
facilities in Ontario, California.
. Generated and successfully completed the process of due diligence
relative to reconfiguring the company's logistics/distribution system
in the northeast corridor.

Joseph Sova

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FRITO-LAY, INC., Division of PepsiCo, Inc.
1984-1989
The world's premier marketer of snack foods.

Employee Relations Manager, Dallas, Denver and Detroit
. Developed and executed pre-negotiation dock strategy and facilitated
formal negotiations resulting in three majority ratified Detroit
Teamster contracts.
. Negotiated contract language for the expansion of "Direct Delivery"
product distribution, significantly reducing the division's cost of
sales.
. Defeated Teamster organizing drive in Phoenix.
. Developed Labor Awareness Program implemented by Frito Lay nationwide.

EDUCATION

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Bachelor of Science in Management; Emphasis in Human Resources