KATHY L. FRANSON
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Highly impactful Human Resource Generalist with more than fifteen years of management expertise. Significant practical working knowledge of all Human Resource functions, including contract negotiations and union avoidance, employee relations, performance management, health & safety, benefits, training, payroll, compensation & recruitment.
ROBERT BOSCH, LLC (North American division offers automotive & consumer goods) ROBERT BOSCH, LLC acquired Morse Automotive Corporation
Manager & Human Resources Partner, Broadview, IL
September - 2009
Assigned as a Human Resource Partner within the North American Aftermarket Division. Additional responsibilities include compensation & recruitment as well as conducting leadership transition workshops, counseling high-pot associates and guiding partnered leaders through the annual performance management initiatives. Oversee the team responsible for all on-boarding activities, management trainees & interns.
Manager, Human Resources, Broadview, IL
January - 2009 to September - 2009
Manage employee relations and benefits department. In support of the company acquisition, rework all Morse Automotive job descriptions, policies and procedures, compensation and performance management tools to align with Bosch requirements. Assist in training functions and on-boarding transitions. Serve on the post-merger integration team to ensure a smooth transition of all associates at each location new to Bosch.
MORSE AUTOMOTIVE CORPORATION (Manufacturer of aftermarket brake pads)
Corporate Manager, Human Resources, Chicago, IL
August - 1997 to January - 2009
Directed the activities of the Human Resources team within a privately held business.
My Staff was comprised of eight including human resource administrators, safety and payroll coordinators, at the corporate location and off-site facilities.
Successfully negotiated both a one-year and three-year contract with two unions representing over 500 union employees at the corporate location.
Co-managed the integration of a new facility into Morse as well as assisted in the closure of another to support a strategic transition of manufacturing outside the country.
Supported lean manufacturing initiatives resulting in QS and ISO Certification for the entire Corporation. Established a database to monitor all of our qualified training, eliminating the need for the prior paper trail of training documents.
Transitioned the payroll process to internet-based badge reader system (Kronos), eliminating the need for old-fashioned time clocks and reducing payroll errors.
Converted healthcare options to a modern coverage concept with Blue Cross in a shared health-care plan between the employee and employer.
Kathy L. Franson
Updated and reintroduced all policies and procedures to represent more current employer and employee needs.
Drove safety and health efforts and were effective in reducing both incidence and lost-time injury rates below goal levels by including all employees within the organization.
Implemented a reference and suggestion award systems to bring in talent and keep ideas and morale fresh and positive.
ETHICON, INC. – A Johnson & Johnson Company (Manufacturer of surgical gut sutures)
Human Resource Administrator, Senior (1993 – 1996)
August - 1981 to November - 1996
Coordinate the H.R. strategic plan with the needs of the facility and the corporate office. Ensure timely communication within the department as well as other Chicago-based staff when provided by Corporate.
Managed staff of two administrators responsible for the HRIS system, payroll, in-house training, and recruitment
Managed the Live for Life exercise facility as well as the Johnson &Johnson company store for all active and retired associates
Administered recognition program, safety programs, policy administration and special event coordination
Co-chaired the plant Diversity Action Team
Human Resources Administrator, Generalist (1990 – 1993)
Developed and implemented computer system to organize benefit, safety and employee relations data that was instrumental in the realignment of the department eliminating one Staff level position
Responsible for all employee relation activities and events
Benefits Administrator (1987 – 1990)
Introduced employer-paid alternatives within healthcare coverage, including wellness credits, exercise incentives and family participation.
Education: Fox Business College
DePaul University (SHRM Courses)
Affiliations: SHRM, AMA
Accreditations: PHR Certification, 2006