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Danaher Corporation HR Manager in Ames, Iowa

Our work at Hach ensures water quality for people around the world. Our customer partnerships, passionate experts, and reliable, easy-to-use solutions make water analysis better—faster, simpler, greener, and more informative. As a member of our team, you’ll get to make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within industries from aviation to manufacturing to mining. You’ll also be part of an environment that fosters career growth and professional development, with kindness at its core. And you’ll be part of our mission, which drives us to develop water quality solutions that protect the health and safety of all living things.

Hach is proud to be one of Danaher's Water Quality companies (https://www.dhwaterquality.com/) . Motivated by the highest possible stakes of climate change and global health, we’re working together within a rapidly digitizing industry to find innovative technologies that guarantee the safety of our water and our environment.

Do you love developing and executing HR strategy? We have the right role for you! The Human Resources Manager partners with the Operations customer groups to provide HR leadership for the Ames, IA facility. The HR Manager is responsible for aligning business strategies in a proactive and solutions-oriented manner. This position will be responsible for numerous strategic initiatives, as well as day to day associate and leadership support for approximately 350 associates and other business initiatives as specified by the Sr. HR Manager, North America.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Change Management

  • Challenge the status quo and champion new initiatives within assigned client groups and also within HR. Acting as a catalyst of change and stimulating others to change through the application of DBS / Lean tools in such a way that the organization continuously improves performance.

  • Partner with the Sr. HR Manager to analyze organizational capabilities, drive organizational design and structure improvements to support delivery of the current and future business strategy.

Talent Management / Recruitment

  • Responsible for recruitment of diverse and skilled talent to support a robust workforce.

  • Own and manage temporary staffing agency relationships and contracts, as applicable.

  • Provide salary recommendation ensuring consistency of compensation practices (e.g. reviewing internal equity and taking a total compensation approach), acquiring appropriate approvals.

Performance Management

  • Establish and drive applicable competencies aligned with the Performance Management process, within assigned business groups.

  • Work with managers and associates to identify and address performance-related issues. Provide mentorship and support to managers on issuing corrective action (including performance improvement plans and disciplinary issues).

Benefits & Compliance

  • In partnership with the HR Service Center, support and/or lead FML/LOA/ADA cases within assigned client groups. Support new enrollments and changes.

  • Act as liaison to governmental compliance agencies as required. Ensure consistent application of policies/procedures.


  • Analyze and understand compensation programs for assigned groups including annual merit review and incentive programs. Implement needed equity/market adjustments.

  • Ensure proper system administration of compensation process and records (e.g. level changes, promotions, salary changes, etc). Assist managers in writing and maintaining job descriptions.

General Support

  • Support and/or lead the identification of opportunities for Standard Work definition and process enhancement using DBS / Lean tools.

  • Coordinate involuntary/voluntary exit logistics (performing timely exit interviews, recording/synthesizing retention data, and generating severance packages, where applicable).

  • Partner with HR Service Center and HR Generalist, enter data inputs in a timely manner in HR system(s) for new, existing and exiting associates. Create, maintain and guarantee compliance of personnel files & systems (HRIS, E-Verify).

Talent Development

  • Drive the talent review process for assigned client groups, collaborate with and train management to create associate development and succession plans to improve bench strength and achieve Talent Review objectives.

  • Organizational Diagnostics, Definition & Development

  • Understand and analyze organizational capabilities within assigned client groups, proactively create and implement organizational design and structure improvements to support delivery of the business strategy.

  • Lead and coach HR Generalist.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or related field with 5+ years of HR Generalist experience (or an equivalent combination) in a high growth, rapidly changing environment, with a solid track record of successfully executing HR programs and initiatives.

  • 3+ years HR experience supporting manufacturing client groups.

  • HR experience working in a medium to large sized organization

  • Strong technical aptitude (HRIS, Power BI, data analysis, etc.)

  • Solid attention to detail; process & compliance-oriented but understands and can navigate the grey area

  • Must have worked in a metrics driven organization with demonstrated understanding how HR impacts the business.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent writing, grammar, and presentation skills

  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience in application of DBS / Lean tools.

  • HR certification (PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, etc.)

This job is also eligible for bonus pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

You can apply for this role through the Careers Page at https://jobs.danaher.com/global/en/ (or through the Workday “Find Jobs” function if you are a current employee)

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.