Sr. HR Manager

Date: Sep 16, 2022

Location: Smyrna, TN, US

Company: Tenneco

Tenneco is one of the world's leading designers, manufacturers, and marketers of automotive products for original equipment and aftermarket customers, with full year 2021 revenues of $18 billion and approximately 71,000 team members working at more than 260 sites worldwide.  Through our four business groups, Motorparts, Performance Solutions, Clean Air and Powertrain, Tenneco is driving advancements in global mobility by delivering technology solutions for diversified global markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway, industrial, motorsport and the aftermarket.


We are looking for an HR Manager. The HR Manager will provide HR support and guidance to our employees and leaders on a wide variety of front-line HR issues, including implementation of critical HR processes at our Smyrna, TN facility. Primary focus is operating as an HRBP to our operations team members. Serves as a strong partner in solving people related issues requiring decision making skills, driving process improvement and best people practices, along with insuring we contribute to a high-performance and engaged culture. Skokie is a combined manufacturing facility, along with Tenneco’s Corporate Headquarters; so HR Manager must be comfortable in communicating at all levels of an organization.


The team is ready to act immediately on those candidates who are the best fit for the role. You’ll first hear from someone in Talent Acquisition to schedule a phone screen, and then the next step will be a personal interview with our Hiring Manager. We pride ourselves on moving through processes quickly, and you can be sure of transparency and prompt communication throughout.



  • Act as primary HRBP for client portfolio, including coach and consult employees and leaders on critical HR processes as needed (e.g., staffing initiatives, onboarding, performance management, development planning, process improvement, policy interpretation); serve as a local extension to align corporate business strategies to ensure desired outcomes are met; Provide recommendations on day-to-day problems and issues.
  • Oversee development & provide day to day guidance for 2 HRBPs, and an HR Generalist.
  • Serve as a subject matter in employee relations to conduct investigations and lead cases to effective closure; advise managers on appropriate corrective actions.
  • Recommend revisions to policies and practices to align with HR best practices.
  • Bring Value Stream leaders together to drive a unified people strategy that aligns with functional people strategies; Would include working with the Sr HR Manager and key members of plant leadership team to include but not limited to:
  • Review trends/ key people metrics and discuss/ address improvement opportunities.
  • Drive progress against engagement action plans at the site level (inclusive of diversity and inclusion, local engagement committee/ community initiatives).
  • Help communicate key business updates/strategy/leadership messages; serve as communications change champion.
  • Participate and drive change management plans as needed.
  • Reinforce and support talent development and succession action plans in partnership with the plant leadership team.
  • Provide other support as needed based on business need (e.g., project teams, support Business Partner work)
  • Partner and provide support to the HR support teams (Compensation and Benefits, Legal compliance Talent acquisition) including annual processes


Education: Bachelor's degree in human resources management, business administration a related field.


Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an HR plant leadership role in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong, credible HR resource to operations leaders; comfortable challenging operations leaders as needed to drive the best outcomes for the organization
  • Strong English written and verbal communication skills; Bi-lingual in Spanish a plus
  • Experience with disposition of unemployment claims and other cost control programs
  • Experience with recognition and engagement programs and processes
  • PHR or SPHR certification, desirable
  • Ability to practice and coach managers with a high level of confidentiality
  • Outstanding interpersonal relationship building and employee coaching skills
  • General knowledge of various IL employment laws and practices
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment; Must include knowledge of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), preferably SAP