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Human Resources Manager

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

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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.

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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