HR Specialist

Wabtec Corporation

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Reno, NV

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Relocation assistance may be provided if eligibility requirements are met.

Role Summary/Purpose

The HR Specialist will provide all facets of HR support for the Reno, NV distribution center, and provide strategic partnership with the Business Unit Leader. This role will be critical in working across the site and more broadly across the Freight Global Services Supply Chain to proactively identify and execute on organizational priorities and drive culture change.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Serve as active business partner for the operating entity. Provide guidance and support for full suite of HR functions, including talent management, performance management, organizational change, policy and process implementation, employee relations, compensation & benefits, and facilitating team performance.
  • Partner with business management to develop appropriate human resource plans in support of key business needs in a dynamic environment and develop / implement appropriate change management plans as required. Including recruiting, selection, as well as restructuring, and reduction of the workforce as needed.
  • Oversee labor relations for the site. Ensure alignment with Supply Chain and broader Wabtec labor relations strategy.
  • Serve as the HR Leader for the site and partner with manager to drive organization-wide initiatives and engage with the plant leadership team to further HR and organizational objectives.
  • Provide coaching, advice, council, and support for Leadership, managers, employees and peers.
  • Act as an impartial advocate to ensure that all individuals receive fair and equitable treatment.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • At least 2 additional years of experience in a variety of Human Resource positions both staff and client based

Desired Characteristics

  • Prior labor relations experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Prior HR experience, preferably in a manufacturing environment strongly preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to influence & engage at all levels of the business
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems
  • Demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects and drive change
  • Strong coaching skills

All salaried new hires must be fully vaccinated or be willing to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by date of hire to be considered for U.S.-based job, where permitted by applicable law and subject to requests for accommodation. Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.