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Employee Relations Resources Manager

Greenville, SC
August 02, 2020

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Joseph M. Askew, SPHR

205-***-**** (Mobile)

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HR Dept. Head & Team Leader

SPHR Certified

Strategic Planning & Visioning

Employee & Labor Relations

EEO / Affirm. Action / OFCCP

Fortune 500 Best HR Practices

Automotive/ Manufacturing/Construction

Full Cycle Recruitment & Selection

HR Budgeting & Forecasting

HR Alignment Strategies

HR Consulting & HR Audits


24/7 Multi-State HR Services & Support

Plant & Lean Manufacturing Operations


Team focused Human Resources Professional with experience in HR Management combined with extensive knowledge of HR best practices, talent management, employee training & development, safety regulations, benefits and employment law. Staffing, team building and safety compliance along with behavioral corrective methodology expertise adds value to driving high-level performance and decisive HR solutions. Versed in team based action plans which include the implementation of organizational safety performance metrics, cultural transformation methods and continuous improvement tools through lean manufacturing.

A proven culture changer, with a history of managing HR teams in the following Industries: Automotive, Manufacturing, Services and Healthcare.


Safety / Risk: Led efforts to achieve lowest accident rates (’93 17.76% vs. ’00 3.04%) and reduced worker’s compensation exposure from $492k to $28k during same period; furthermore, coordinated and managed all Safety audits, EPA inquiries and annual OSHA training requirements; Accomplished “full compliance” results from OFCCP compliance review and multiple (SCDLLR – State OSHA) inspections.

Cost Effective: Increased retention of key employees by modifying company health and benefit plans to foster a more “family-friendly” corporate culture. The program paid for itself and did not increase corporate costs through working with benefit plan brokers to achieve cost savings in other areas.

Innovative: Implemented a Safety Review Panel which was an innovative “peer-review” system, in a manufacturing operation, that dramatically decreased injury and accident rates by 60% which allowed the company to negotiate a much more favorable insurance package which doubled the scope of existing coverage without any increase in employer premiums or employee contributions.

Successful Change Agent: Resolved interdepartmental rivalries by creating a targeted action plan which included: (1) Making modifications to the organizational chart; (2) Developing interdepartmental communication procedures, and; (3) updating and clarifying job descriptions including direct report responsibilities. Considerable skill and diplomacy as a change agent was required to overcome significant resistance to change.

Transformational Leader: Achieved a “cultural transformation” by increasing employee engagement and reversing negative employee perceptions regarding their supervisors by: (1) Introducing individual employee development plans and training supervisors in their application; (2) Intensive training of supervisors regarding correct performance management and conflict resolution procedures, and; (3) Implementation of an employee rewards and recognition program with active supervisor involvement.


PL Developments (Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, Packager and Supplier) 1/2018 – 2/2019

Division Manager, Human Resources – Greenville, SC (4 locations) - 486 Employees

Directly manage all functional areas of Human Resources, recruitment, compensation/benefits, employee relations, Payroll administration, Leave management, Performance management and Organizational development including leadership development and training.

Directed efforts to be compliant with FDA regulations regarding employee competency & training, recordkeeping & training effectiveness.

Implemented Pay for Performance (PP) plan for Liquid and Nicogen manufacturing operations.

BRM, Corporation (Central Yoshida Corporation) – (Cold Forming Steel - Automotive) 2/2017 – 1/2018

(Motivation for leaving – better opportunity)

Human Resources Manager – Fletcher, NC - 185 Employees

Directly manage all functional areas of Human Resources, recruitment, compensation/benefits, employee relations, Environmental, Health and Safety including annual OSHA Safety and training for Tier I & Tier II supplier to Automotive & Bearings industries.

Directed efforts to be compliant with ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 regarding employee competency & training, recordkeeping & training effectiveness. Acted as internal auditor for IATF.

Realized $68k in labor cost savings after implementing (PP) program.


*Since 2016, I relocated to support the care of my father in SC who was diagnosed with CLL – Stage 3 Leukemia, and his health has greatly improved to the extent that I can fully engage in new HR opportunities.

RHEEM Manufacturing Company – (Refrigeration/Water Heater Manufacturer) 5/2014 – 8/2016

(Reason for leaving – Personal Family related - relocated back to SC to support father with medical issue.

Human Resources Manager – Scottsboro, AL - 480 Employees

Directly managed HR matters/issues for manufacturing and distribution location with four direct reports, including functional areas of Payroll, Labor relations, Benefits, Management development, Legal, Safety & Health, employee relations and training, recruitment of all levels.

Lead liaison with Sheet Metal Air Rail and Transportation union regarding unfair labor practice allegations, directing resolution of grievances without any cost / pay exposures to company. Reduced grievances by 60% via positive employee relations programs, education and coaching with management.

Lead negotiator of renewed collective bargaining agreement in 9/2014; delivered contract training

NTN CORPORATION – (Automotive Steel Bearings Manufacturer) 12/2011 – 5/2014

(Reason for leaving – better opportunity with Rheem)

Manager of Human Resources – Hamilton, AL - 220 Employee plant

Directly managed HR issues for location with three direct reports, employee relations and training, revised policies and procedures, full recruitment cycle of engineers and staff management.

Successfully led and coached management through five elections during decertification campaign resulting in union-free status for location (NTN recruited me for my strong employee relations experience)

Strategically resolved the impacts of Mediated Settlements, resolved 11 ULP’s charges, closed out over 200 unresolved employee grievances, recalled over 100 laid off workers and negotiated with Int’l UAW for renewed collective bargaining agreement. Labor relations.

Lead negotiator of collective bargaining process during decertification election in 3/2014; developed / delivered legal training to avoid unfair labor practice charges regarding election interference.

MASCO Administrative Services – (Construction Industry) 8/2003 – 11/2011

(Reason for leaving – Housing Market correction in 2008 – Layoff in 2011)

Regional Human Resources Manager – Daytona Beach, FL – 5,600 Employees (7 States)

Directly managed HR issues for over 55 Southeast business locations in building materials industry with 65% Hispanic employees (installers, FSR’s, Project Managers and Division Managers)

Conducted jobsite safety inspections to enforce corporate safety program and compliance with all OSHA Construction standards, such as fall protection, respiratory protection and PPE.

Managed and responded to all EEOC, DOL, FLSA Wage & Hour charges of discrimination, Federal OSHA audits and/or complaints; all cases dismissed with zero settlement costs.

Created/delivered multiple training & leadership development programs for sales and management.

Schlumberger, RMS Inc. - (Oilfield / Utility Sector – Manufacturing) 4/2000 – 7/2003

(Reason for leaving – Divestiture)

Human Resources Manager, North America – Greenwood, SC – 228 Employee plant

Implemented HR strategies supporting multiple business locations (US, Canada and Mexico), to reduce labor costs, and implemented pay for performance program and sales incentives program;

Directed 401k/DB Pension conversion during a redesign of all benefit programs resulting in $1.2 million in cost savings for company;

Handled acquisition/divestiture transition issues and benefit partner relationships.


Human Resources Manager Pfizer

Employment / Safety Manager Collins & Aikman


MHRM University of Phoenix (Master degree studies)

B.A. Clemson University, Political Science


SHRM Member since 2000: Accomplished PHR Certification (’04), Advanced HR Generalist Certification (’09), Certified DDI Facilitator (Development Dimensions International) Leadership development, Certified in Labor Law, Certified OSHA Instructor for General Industry Standards 1910 & 1926, including HAZWOPER, Certified Internal SOX Auditor, Certified IATF Internal Auditor, Certified UltiPro Super-User, SAP, ADP, Kronos and Workday.

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