Branding Iron Holdings

Human Resources Director

Seeking an energetic and experienced HR Director to build, develop, lead, and sustain HR strategies and a people-first culture for continued multi-site growth and success!


For over 60 years, Branding Iron Holdings (“BIH”) has been producing high quality beef and pork products while delivering customized solutions to the food service and retail trade industries. With an eye to the future, BIH has put a strong focus on building internal talent and on leveraging unique product lines and national distribution to drive continued growth. Guided by a strong set of core values (Respect, Integrity and Stewardship), reflecting a family-owned culture of servant leadership at every level, BIH’s team works hard to foster a culture that embraces and builds meaningful, long-term relationships with both employees and its customer base.

Tied to strategic goals, BIH is now seeking an experienced Human Resources Director to join a collaborative and results-oriented senior leadership team who are passionate about driving customer satisfaction. Reporting to BIH’s Chief Operating Officer, this newly created position will oversee a small yet mighty HR department, while building best HR practices and policies and fostering a people-first culture rooted in honest communication, collaboration, and continuous improvement across all three of its US-based manufacturing locations.


  • PROVIDE VISIONARY AND STRATEGIC HR LEADERSHIP –Serve as a key member of BIH’s leadership team, driving HR initiatives to support the company’s overall strategic plan. As a trusted business partner, you will execute talent strategies to foster exceptional employee relations and engagement, ensuring strong compliance and innovative solutions while fostering an appreciation for BIH’s core values and mission.
  • EMPOWER A HIGH-PERFORMING CENTRALIZED TEAM –Provide leadership and day-to-day oversight for a team of three HR site leaders who oversee additional team members. Determine best HR team structure to support BIH’s anticipated growth and business objectives. Promote a high-level of responsiveness and customer service to internal and external stakeholders. Drive a healthy sense of accountability and a mindset of continuous improvement. Solicit team feedback to to drive innovation and foster growth.
  • LEAD EMPLOYEE & LABOR RELATIONS – Partner closely with plant managers to proactively identify and manage employee relations. Collaborate in the resolution of all issues and concerns, including investigations and the union grievance process. Develop and implement best practices to achieve a positive, collaborative, and inclusive workplace environment in which all employees are viewed as valued partners in overall organizational success.
  • ENSURE BEST HR POLICIES & PRACTICES – Ensure company remains in compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws across all locations. Monitor, review, and update HR policies and practices. Provide oversight for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Plans (AAP), including all reporting and compliance activities. Stay abreast of legal compliance across multi-states. Develop and maintain value-added relationships with outside counsel. Proactively educate HR teams and leadership on key trends and new employment laws.
  • SPEARHEAD TALENT ACQUISITION & ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES – Develop and integrate branding efforts to ensure a consistent and rewarding value proposition for current and future BIH employees. Support leaders in assessing BIH’s talent gaps and in achieving best practices for recruitment, interviewing, and onboarding. Develop a total rewards program that furthers BIH’s ability to attract and retain top talent.


  • You are passionate about building high-performing HR teams and enjoy flexing from tactical duties to strategic advisor when partnering with senior leadership on HR initiatives and innovative people solutions.
  • You bring at least 10-15+ years of progressive HR leadership experience, including a demonstrated track record of leading high-performing HR teams, ensuring collaboration and accountability.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You are skilled at relationship building and stakeholder management. You have developed the ability to confidently engage with various stakeholders and react with a service attitude, diplomacy, and tact.
  • You have gained proven experience and developed programs and strategies to enable successful workforce planning, recruitment, engagement, career development, and retention metrics. 
  • In-depth working knowledge of HR laws and regulations (FMLA, FLSA, ADA, etc.).
  • Prior work experience within a union environment is required. Ideal candidates offer HR experiences with manufacturing, multi-site plant and multi-state organizations.
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including proficiency with MS Office Applications, cloud-based software, related HR platforms, and data-analysis tools.
  • Four-year degree is required. Advanced degree and/or certifications a plus.


  • OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD & MAKE AN IMPACT – We are seeking an HR leader who loves to build teams and best processes and reliable infrastructure. This is an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and make a lasting impact through leading best HR practices, policies and procedures, organizational design, employee relations, talent acquisition and employee engagement.
  • PEOPLE FIRST CULTURE – BIH has built a culture of respect and teamwork. You will join a company who values opinions, new ideas, fresh eyes and has a desire to challenge the status quo. BIH is passionate about caring for every team member, empowering individuals to be at their best while valuing honesty, innovation, and collaboration.
  • COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION & BENEFITS PACKAGE – BIH offers a competitive base salary and annual bonus plan with comprehensive benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, matching 401K plan, profit sharing and paid time off.


This position will be based at corporate headquarters in Sauget, IL. This position requires local onsite leadership as well as occasional travel (approx. 10%) to multi-plant locations in Minnesota. Relocation stipend is available.


Share your resume with Occhio Search. Apply via LinkedIn or online at All resumes, referrals and general inquiries will be held strictly confidential. We ask that you direct all questions, referrals, and applications to our retained search consultant at Occhio. No direct inquiries with Branding Iron Holdings, please. Contact Angie Akerman at or Sarah Krueger at regarding application questions, to make candidate referrals and or for more position information.

Branding Iron Holdings is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome differences in form of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity or express and veteran status. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply and we look forward to hearing from you!


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