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Underground Construction HR Manager in Benicia, California


We are currently seeking a new HR Manager for the Benicia, CA office. The Human Resource Manager is responsible for the overall administration, performance, and evaluation of the human resource function. The Human Resource Manager is also responsible for partnering with local leadership on recruiting, development, employee relations, compensation/rewards, and all other HR-related business practices to further the company’s strategic objectives.


Incumbent must have the skills, ability, and judgment to perform the following essential job duties and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the planning, organization, and performance of the Benicia HR department and proactively ensures the department meets the HR needs of the business.

  • Leads the local UCCo HR team toward company goals and strategic initiatives:

  • Directly oversees 3 local HR team members and coaches in their development and individual performance.

  • Acts as a business partner and provides best practice guidance to managers at all levels of the organization in areas such as recruitment, employee selection, disciplinary action, and equal employment opportunity to ensure fair treatment and compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures

  • Coordinates with payroll, safety, IT, and other support divisions effectively to drive business results and promote positive employee relations

  • Reviews and provides compliance guidance for investigations, terminations, conducts exit interviews and arbitrates complaints as necessary

  • Assists EVP in the administration of grievance procedures of union contracts as necessary

  • Utilizes and tracks relevant HR Metrics to measure improvement against HR team objectives

  • Works with leadership to manage regrettable turnover and conducts exit interviews to identify trends and appropriate countermeasures

  • Coordinates with corporate benefits team to administer annual benefits enrollment for applicable employees and ensure information is properly administered through benefits management system throughout the year

  • Develops, recommends and implements personnel policies and procedures; prepares and maintains handbook on policies and procedures

  • Administers the performance review program to ensure effectiveness, compliance and equity within the organization

  • Manages the leave of absence process for employees by administering FMLA, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, Workman’s Comp, Maternity Leaves and other approved leaves in compliance with applicable laws.

  • Manage recruiting process including sourcing, screening, interviewing and offer letters and onboarding.

  • Works with team to manage new hire and onboarding processes and ensures the correct new hire set up, status changes and pay adjustments are completed correctly

  • Oversees records retention and purge files on regular schedule and ensure they are properly destroyed

  • Responsible for I-9 Compliance including review audit and electronic filing via e-verify

  • Manage the running of regular reports and 401k processing for new hires as well as yearly maintenance

  • Conduct investigations, compile reports, develop position statements and follow-up with employees in a timely manner

  • Perform other duties as necessary


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • 5-7 years of experience in Human Resources including experience as an HRBP or Generalist

  • Bachelor’s Degree in HR or related field required

  • Familiarity with federal/CA/local employment laws

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize effectively

  • Strong interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills

  • Both Union and Non-Union workforce experience

  • PHR or PHR-CA certification a plus

  • Previous construction industry experience strongly preferred

  • Some travel required (less than 10% per year)

  • Ability to maintain a valid driving record

It is the continuing policy of Underground Construction to afford equal opportunities for all qualified persons, regardless of their race, creed, color, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status or any other protected class at the local, state, or federal level. No person shall be excluded from employment consideration on the basis of these factors