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Human Resources Manager

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 37128, United States
August 30, 2017

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A. Blaise Oherein

*** ****** **** ***** 615-***-****

Murfreesboro, TN 37128 USA


Batesville Casket, Manchester, TN

Director, Supply Chain Human Resources (Int.) 5/16-present

Director, HR responsibility for 2,000+ associates across North America.

Interim HR Director (5/16 – 10/16) and (2/17 – current)

Provides full service human resource leadership for the Supply Chain functions within the organization to develop and create implementation of organizational objectives and initiatives, which align with the company’s strategy.

Develops, directs and coordinates human resources strategies such as, recruiting, associate relations, performance management, talent development, compensation, and training.

Directs and leads human resource operations and upper management through mentoring and coaching.

Human Resources Manager 11/03-5/16

HR Manager responsibility for 300,000+ unit metal casket producing manufacturing facility, gasket plant, regional distribution center, and logistics total employee population of approximately 450.

Strategic team member at the table multiple times successfully obtaining four and five year agreements with United Steelworks Local 9137, meeting all corporate objectives.

Developed multiple newly graduated HR Generalist into HR Manger positions.

Facilitated OFCCP and TOSHA inspections with zero serious citations presented.

Responsible for local Succession Planning process and recommendations.

Assisted production in a 10% reduction in force over four years without layoffs.

Reduced RIR by 4.6%.

Served on multiple Kaizen review committees.

Facilitated Annual Review training for all plant HR managers.

Facilitated Leadership training for all members of management at facility.

Completed applications resulting in the facility winning IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Award, IW’s Top 25 Award, AME’s National & Regional Manufacturing Excellence Award and Progressive Manufacturing 50 Award two consecutive years.

Implemented communication policy with hourly associates to neutralize Union which resulted in 60% increase in associates by-passing union when bringing complaints to company’s attention.

Drove redesign 5-Why analyses for Safety issues.

Served on CFR (project) facility review committee.

Redesigned facility newsletter to better communicate business updates.

Lead Company-wide CI Team to map and changed drug screen process allowing results to be reported to corporate medical department eliminating costs of outside physician.

Human Resources Generalist 4/00-11/03

Developed job description data base and reviewed and updated all descriptions for accuracy.

Established facility policy for FMLA minimizing its impact on production.

Strategic team member responsible for outsourcing company-wide benefit administration.

Developed and implemented union avoidance training for Truss Joist.

Blakeford at Green Hills, Nashville, TN

Human Resources Administrator 5/99-4/00

First HR Administrator for a premier senior living community which offers a continuum of care options. Total employee population of 130 hourly medical, and service associates and approximately 30 exempt associates.

Established human resources department.

Initiated random and post offer drug testing.

Conducted wage survey and implemented competitive wage scale which standardized salaries.

Designed associate first handbook.

Developed a new Probationary Performance Appraisal; included a quantitative scoring system and decision process.

Rich Products, Murfreesboro, TN

Human Resources / Maintenance Clerk 12/95 – 5/99

HR and Maintenance Clerk responsibility for world’s largest frozen dough manufacturing plant.

Verified OSHA compliance for all maintenance vendors.

Assured timely completion of performance appraisals.

Tracked attendance and verified excuses.

Married and moved from Lewisburg to Murfreesboro, TN 9/95 – 12/95

Human Resources Assets, Lewisburg, TN

Branch Manager 4/94 – 9/95

Supervised HR, Safety, and Office duties for second largest temporary service in middle Tennessee.

Develop response procedure to reduce after hour customer care response replacement time to one hour or less.

Designed and implemented first responder program for temporary associates at remote locations.

Human Resources Assets, Lewisburg, TN

Human Resources Assistant – Temporary –Kantus Corporation 10/93 – 4/94

HR duties in the HR department at Kantus Corporation.

Conducted orientation.

Tracked injury statistics.

Tracked attendance.

Human Resources Assets, Spring Hill, TN

Human Resources Assistant – Temporary – Nations Bank at Saturn (General Motors Corp.) 11/92 – 10/93

HR duties in the HR department at the Saturn plant which at the time was contracted out to Nations Bank.

Assisted Saturn associates with questions regarding their benefits and pension.

Audited pension plan for accuracy of payment accounts.


West Virginia University Morgantown, WV

M.S. Industrial Labor Relations May 1992

University of Maryland Baltimore County Catonsville, MD

B.S. Psychology May 1989

Certificate Personnel and Industrial Psychology

Minor Writing


Senior Professional Human Resources Development Certificate since May, 2006

SHRM – SCP since 2015


IW/AME Torchbearer Award for Leadership in Manufacturing

HR Summit Leadership Award


National Society for Human Resources Management

MT/SHRM Society for Human Resources Management

MT/SHRM Mentor Committee and Mentor

West Virginia University Alumni Association

Workforce Solutions - Local Workforce Investment Area 6 Board Member

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