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Location:
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Posted:
August 31, 2017

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Ursula Reed Siverling

**** *** ******** ****

Wellsville, PA 17365

(416) ***-****

ac13sp@r.postjobfree.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services (Harsco Infrastructure merged into BEIS in 2013)

November 2013 – Present

HR Director – Americas Forming and Shoring (operates as Aluma Systems, Inc.), subsidiary of Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services (January 2015 – Present)

Responsible for the management of all HR work in North America and Latin America (employee relations, immigration matters, recruiting, hiring, global mobility, terminations, restructuring, reductions in force, integration matters, benefits, performance issues, merit process, bonus plan administration, compliance and employment law training, performance management process, etc.)

Responsible for managing a team of HR professionals based in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Chile

Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the leadership team for Americas Forming and Shoring in North America and Latin America

Director – Global Compensation and Benefits (December 2013 – December 2014)

Managed the integration of legacy Harsco bonus plans and legacy Brand bonus plans into the new Management Incentive Compensation program. Coordinated all communications around the new bonus plans with VP of HR and regional HR teams.

Managed the first global salary review process for the new integrated company and coordinated communications around merit increases with VP of HR and regional HR teams.

Worked with General Counsel and VP of HR to roll out new equity plan; coordinated with outside counsel on the finalization and distribution/collection of documentation to the equity participants.

Managed the integration of employee benefits for recently acquired company into Brand’s benefit plans.

Managed annual benefit renewals and open enrollment for U.S. and Canada.

Coordinated international benefit matters as part of the ongoing integration process (establishment of new pension and life insurance plans in Middle East, benefit separations/renewals in Middle East, etc.)

Worked with VP of HR and third party vendor to establish new global mobility policies for the company and to establish a strategy for moving our ex-patriates and foreign local hires onto the new policies and procedures.

Worked as part of the North American HR Integration team to address HR-related issues.

Harsco Corporation and Harsco Infrastructure, division of Harsco Corporation, Camp Hill, PA

February 2007 – November 2013.

HR Business Partner – United States and Canada, Harsco Infrastructure (July 2012 – December 2013); Interim HR Business Partner North and South America, Harsco Infrastructure (January 2013 – July 2013)

Responsible for the handling of all regional HR work relating to the business located in the United States and Canada (employee relations, recruiting, hiring, terminations, performance issues, merit process, bonus plan administration, compliance training, performance management process, etc.)

Member of HR Council for Harsco Corporation

Responsible for managing a team of four HR professionals based in the United States

Acted as the project lead for the creation and start-up of a new Harsco Infrastructure subsidiary (Harsco Services Group LLC), which operated in North America

Responsible for drafting, updating and implementing various policies for the US and Canada, including policies on background checks, recruiting/hiring processes, I-9 procedures, vacation and sick time

Primary point of contact for Harsco Infrastructure Group’s CEO and CFO for all HR matters in North and South America

Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the global leadership team for Harsco Infrastructure Group in North and South America

Responsible for coordinating and leading the HR teams based in both North and South America to advance global HR projects and initiatives

Conduct compliance-related training courses at various locations (including basic employment law, sexual/discriminatory harassment, FCPA and Code of Conduct)

Director and Global Legal Business Partner and Corporate Attorney - (May 2011 – July 2012)

Primary point of contact for division CEO and CFO for global legal matters.

Work with global leadership team and regional attorneys to coordinate and manage various legal projects, such as a large restructuring in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia and a recapitalization project in Eastern Europe

Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the global leadership team of division

Responsible for all regional legal work relating to the division, which operated globally (contract negotiations, labor and employment matters, HR matters, real estate transactions, litigation, IP, training, etc.)

Responsible for managing two paralegals

Assist General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in various corporate secretarial functions and corporate projects (proxy, annual meeting, SEC and other corporate filings, such as 8-ks, Forms 4, Forms 5, 10Qs, 10Ks, preparation for meetings with Board of Directors, etc.)

Division Counsel (2008-2009); Senior Counsel (2009-May 2011)

Member of Legal Department and responsible for all legal work relating to Harsco Infrastructure Americas (“HIA”) division, which operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America

Responsible for managing paralegal/contracts administrator assigned to HIA

Work with branch offices on a daily basis to negotiate contract terms for individual projects and master agreements with customers

Preparation and negotiation of agency agreements, finder’s fee agreements, master rental agreements and subcontractor agreements for the various branches of HIA

Conducted annual contract training courses for HIA’s Certified Contracts Administrator Program

Responsible for managing outside counsel and for developing strategies for handling HIA’s litigation, including employment claims, breach of contract claims, etc.

Conducted compliance-related training courses at various HIA branch locations (including basic employment law, sexual/discriminatory harassment and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)

Managed multiple large real estate transactions for HIA and Harsco Corporation (sales, leasebacks, leases)

Responsible for managing all real estate transactions associated with major North American restructuring of HIA (property sales, lease terminations, lease buy-outs, new leases, lease assignments, broker agreements, etc.)

Assisted in the management and protection of HIA’s intellectual property

Responsible for overseeing the rebranding of HIA in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America

Involved in the integration of an acquired company based in Central America and became responsible for the oversight of legal matters for the acquired company once it became part of HIA

oResponsibility for the legal management of HIA Latin America involved traveling to various countries in Central and South America (Puerto Rico, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago and Costa Rica) to develop relationships with the local attorneys and the local business people

Involved in negotiations and the preparation of legal documents relating to the creation of joint ventures and strategic alliances for HIA

Involved in the formation of a Compliance Committee for Harsco Corporation and, as part of that Committee, assisted in the following compliance related projects:

o Participated in the selection of a vendor to develop a new on-line code of conduct course

oAssisted in the creation of the new code of conduct course and managed the roll-out of the new course across the company

oManaged the creation and distribution of Instructor Led Training materials for the new Code of Conduct Course

oParticipated in the selection of a vendor to implement an independent hotline for employees to report Code of Conduct violations and assisted in the creation of marketing materials for the new hotline.

Litigation Counsel (2007-2008)

Member of Legal and Risk Management Departments

Responsible for managing uninsured (contract, employment claims, collection matters, etc.) and insured (property damage and/or bodily injury) litigation for all divisions of the company

Responsible for preparation of weekly report on litigation matters for General Counsel

Responsible for coordinating with business people on various matters relating to the company’s litigation and also responsible for providing periodic updates and reports to the business people with regard to the status and budgets for the litigation matters

Responsible for managing outside counsel and for developing a strategy for the most effective and cost-efficient method of handling the company’s litigation

Assist in the establishment of loss reserves and budgets for various litigation matters

Assisted in development of company’s E-discovery policies and procedures and managed company’s litigation hold procedures

Assisted in the selection and implementation of company’s E-billing and matter management system

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Harrisburg, PA

January 2001 – January 2007

Extern, Law Clerk, Litigation Associate

Member of Litigation Department and responsible for day-to-day handling of various litigation matters, including court appearances, attending hearings and depositions and regular correspondence to and on behalf of the client.

Acted as Litigation Coordinator for a client of Eckert Seamans (Harsco Corporation) from 2005-2007, responsibilities included: day-to-day management of multiple pieces of litigation in the United States, Mexico and Europe, as well as direct communication with outside counsel and the General Counsel to coordinate the strategy for such litigation.

EDUCATION

Widener University School of Law J. D. awarded 2001 (graduated Cum Laude)

West Chester University B. A. awarded 1995

B. A., Political Science



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