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Ann Arbor, MI
September 15, 2018

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Ray Schoonover

Ann Arbor, Michigan *****734-***-**** C •

September 15, 2018

Dear Hiring Manager:

I am an accomplished HR Manager, with proven success leveraging, and best practice strategies that enabled me to achieve my organizational objectives. I feel that I am well-qualified to join your company as your next Human Resource Manager and I will deliver rapid results, across key HR performance metrics. In my last position at Magna, it was unfortunately cut short, due to an unforeseen family illness. I will be moving to Solon, Ohio at the end of this month and I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the HR Manager position.

I offer a 17-year record of excellence with creating, transforming, and managing business-aligned HR strategies, programs, and operations. I am adept in managing talent acquisition, human capital development, benefit / compensation administration, training / development, employee retention, reduction-in-force (RIF), and regulatory compliance efforts. Furthermore, I am a dynamic and engaged partner and change agent, continuously forging HR solutions in alignment with business needs, strategies, initiatives, and objectives.

My strengths include:

Leading full cycle recruiting, on-boarding, retention, and talent management efforts.

Creating orientation, management development, mentoring, and succession planning programs.

Handling worker’s compensation claims and return to duty.

Establishing high-caliber environmental, health, and safety (EHS) solutions.

Authoring and implementing policies, procedures, and employee manuals.

Managing diverse compliance requirements, including labor laws, EHS regulations, and SOX.

Spearheading corporate communications and community relations.

Orchestrating difficult changes, including M&A and RIF initiatives.

MBA degree and a BA in Human Resources Management.

During my progressively, responsible HR management career, I have played an integral role in the success of diverse organizations. I am confident that I will be an immediate asset to your company and its HR objectives.

In closing, I look forward to personally discussing my background within the context of your needs of a Human Resource Manager. In the meantime, thank you for your consideration.


Ray Schoonover

Best-practice HR programs. Plan and launch HR solutions in alignment with business needs and objectives. Develop recruiting, training, performance management, and leadership development programs to promote and foster talent. Introduce programs which swiftly deliver measurable improvements to key performance indicators (KPI); define end-to-end HR policies, processes, and workflows. Expertise in labor / employment laws and regulatory compliance requirements; adept in managing union relations and negotiations. Complementary background in environmental, health, and safety program development and management, with demonstrated success delivering measurable improvements to operational safety metrics. Areas of Expertise:

Organizational Alignment Strategies

Full Cycle Recruiting / Staffing / On-boarding

Benefit & Payroll Administration

Policy & Procedure Implementation

Employee Relations & Conflict Resolution

Competitive Compensation Structuring

Management / Supervisor Development Programs

Retention Strategies & Succession Programs

Performance Management Initiatives

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Professional Experience

Magna Cosma Body Assembly Michigan. – New Hudson, Michigan

Human Resources & EHS Department Head, 1/2018

Turned around HR and Safety functions supporting 324+ employees, plus 125 temp employees, Tier 1 automotive manufacturer

Drive transformation plan and implement best practice methodologies across the team. Facilitate training of staff to standardize processes in monitoring attendance, turnover, and workforce planning. Create and coordinate solutions that remove roadblocks and facilitate efficient support with performance standards. Train operation supervisors for success. Investigate all complaints with EEOC, DOL, Harassment, and Employee relations. Interview and counsel involved parties and provide resolutions, with outcome reports to corporate president / CEO. Oversee and investigate labor issues.

Selected Contributions:

Created and implemented Best In Class HR Program for employee engagement, recruiting, labor relations

Formed and Implemented EHS program for the facility following Magna standards and passed Magna Audits

Developed Training for Area and Team Leaders that included; TWI, 5 Why, Successful Leadership, Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations, Harassment Prevention, Progressive Discipline, Understanding the Employee Handbook, LOTO, Global Harmonization, Blood Born Pathogens, Onboarding

Fashioned new policy and updated the employee handbook and formed new procedures

Organized Fairness Committee, Ergonomics Committee, Safety Committee, Employee Advocate

Key player of corporate and plant strategies, health and welfare benefits, compensation, performance management, and business objective programs

Development and leadership of multiple successful Union Avoidance initiatives.

Investigated and worked with EEOC on all employee complaints

Interviewed and counseled employees on labor and personal issues

Bayloff Stamped Products. – Belleville, Michigan

Human Resources (HR) / Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Department Head, 2016 to 2018

Selected Contributions:

Created and implemented Best In Class Safety Program. Reduced OSHA fines and applied company wide LOTO program.

Reduced recordable by 78%.Develop and applied an EHS Safety program based upon TS16949 standards.

Development and execution of corporate and plant strategies, health and welfare benefits, compensation, performance management, and business objective programs.

Multiple location oversight with employee groups of both union (USW Local 1-00592) and non-union environments. Over 600 employees and 3 staffing companies. Development and leadership of multiple successful Union Avoidance initiatives.

Decreased turnover from 140% to 1.5 % over a short period of time. Lead talent acquisition strategy, execution and marketing, team leadership and development, university and college relations, onboarding, and vendor management, negotiation, selection, Q12 employee engagement.

Designed and implemented first recruiter bonus plan. Redesigned and executed employee referral program. Streamlined requisition and offer approval process.

Have the ability to wear many hats such as General Manager, Operations Manager, Facilities Manager and Plant Supervisor when required.

Clean Tech, Inc. / Plastipak – Dundee, Michigan

HR Manager / EHS Manager, 2012 to 2016

Transformed HR and EHS programs within $4.9B post-consumer plastic reclamation and recycling leader.

Directed end-to-end HR operations supporting 300+ employees working at multiple sites and 2 temp agencies, managing recruiting, payroll, benefit administration, and unemployment / worker’s compensation programs. Held responsibility for safety operations, including OSHA, DEQ, and EPA compliance. Oversaw 5 direct reports Payroll Manager, Safety Manager, Quality Manager, HR Generalist, and HR Administrator; managed operating budget of $100K. Developed and presented management-level training and succession programs; coached and mentored supervisors and managers.

Selected Contributions:

Pioneered several new training programs and the first corporate mentorship program.

Defined performance management standards and objectives and created performance-focused training programs which drove productivity and improved operational safety metrics.

Chaired Steering Committee and established Safety Committee to address plant-wide safety issues.

Foeller Design & Build – Ann Arbor, Michigan

HR Business Manager / EHS Manager, 2007 to 2012

Enhanced employee-focused programs to drive performance and productivity. Local 1045

Delivered major improvements to employee training and performance management programs and collaborated with union partners on commercial projects to ensure on time completion, within budget, as well as OSHA compliance.

Vehicle Logistics Solutions – Romulus, Michigan

HR / EHS Manager, 2004 to 2007

Established and directed HR operations for $330M transportation company with 300 employees at multiple sites.

Developed and implemented all HR functions, organizational models, processes, workflows, policies, and facility workspaces; created HR infrastructure and systems. Led candidate sourcing, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, and orientation, as well as employee training programs; leveraged talent management best practices and competitive compensation / benefit packages to attract top-performing human capital. Held responsibility for Maintenance, Facilities, Security, and Safety operations / teams; managed operating budget of $250K. Oversaw 6 direct reports Payroll Manager, Benefits Manager, Facilities / Maintenance Manager, HR Generalist, HR Administrator, and Safety / Security Coordinator; managed operating budget of $100K. Created and presented management-level training and succession programs; coached and mentored leadership team.

Selected Contributions:

Authored policies and created manuals; defined drug / alcohol testing, discipline, and attendance policies.

Served as corporate representative for all regulatory compliance / required reporting, including unemployment, EEOC, DOL, worker’s compensation / RTW, FMLA, OSHA, and EEO-1.

Handled union local 710 grievances and investigated allegations / claims of harassment and discrimination.

Amcor Packaging – Manchester, Michigan

HR Generalist, 2000 to 2004

Contracted to provide generalist-level HR support and safety program management for nationwide plants.

Performed recruiting, interviewing, candidate selection, orientation, and employee training; aligned application processes with regulatory compliance requirements and redesigned application forms.

Selected Contributions:

Designed, developed, and implemented standardized safety program, achieving and sustaining a 100% safety record for a full year no recordable safety incidents within the plant

Partnered with University of Michigan to develop ergonomics program to cut worker’s compensation claims.

Additional experience as Petty Officer in the US Navy; two-time recipient of Sara Man Award.

Education and Credentials

Master of Business Administration (MBA), 2014 Ashford University – Clinton, Iowa

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management Concordia University – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Human Resources Certificate Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, Michigan

Project Management Certificate – In Progress Washtenaw Community College– Ypsilanti, Michigan

Technical Proficiency: Windows, Mac OS, PeopleSoft, Taleo, SAP, Genesis, Kronos, ADP, Time Trax, Plex, Office 365, Teams, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

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