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Human Resources Generalist


Iowa 50112
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Full Time
1st Shift
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  • Employee Relations
  • Training/Development
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This position will work/split time  in both of our Iowa locations Grinnell and Montezuma

Brownells enjoys a great reputation in its industry and a great team to drive that brand, but we’re constantly growing and need passionate people like you to join our team. As a family-owned company for more than 75 years, we can’t wait to meet you -- and your family.

Speaking of your family, they come first, and we’ll always do our best to help you spend the most time with them possible. In fact, we can prove it. We’re the proud recipients of The Alliance of Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction in both 2014 and 2015. We achieved this by implementing a number of employee-friendly programs including flexible work arrangements, and numerous initiatives designed to enhance the quality of the lives of our team members and their families.

Because of our great team, we’re able to maintain a small-company feel, backed by the Midwestern values of honesty, integrity and respect, while being an internationally-recognized brand with customers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

We’re proud to be a progressive company in a traditionally conservative industry, we’re proud of our shooting heritage and we are Serious About Firearms.



The HR Generalist is responsible for managing a range of activities related to employee/labor relations and staffing functions. Directs implementation of human resources policies, programs, and procedures. Advises management and employees on questions or problems relating to human resources concerning compensation, benefits, employment, affirmative action, training and safety.



  • Maintains compliance with federal/state regulations concerning employment
  • Acts as resource and provides counsel to managers and employees, with respect to HR programs and objectives
  • Serves as a mediator to resolve conflicts, facilitate collaboration in
    groups, and coach employees and management in one-on-one situations
  • Communicates and administrates policies and procedures
  • Provides advice and counsel to managers and supervisors regarding personnel practices, policy, training and employment laws
  • Conducts exit interviews and analyzes data and makes recommendations to the management team
  • Conducts fact-finding investigation activities related to internal and external inquiries, complaints and concerns and prescribes appropriate remedy to resolve complaint or concern
  • Facilitates courses and workshops (e.g., performance management, diversity, health management, targeted selection) to increase awareness and grow the skills of others.
  • Assists with recruitment and interview process
  • Collaborate in the design, implementation and administration of benefits offerings.
  • Serve as a resource for benefits programs and be well versed in administration requirements for all benefits plans (e.g. medical, dental, vision, life, flexible spending accounts, and voluntary benefits offerings), in accordance with plan documents and agency policies and procedures.
  • Administer 401(k) program including eligibility, enrollment and participant education.
  • Interface with outside benefits consultants, vendors, insurance carrier representatives and employees.
  • Performs customer service functions by answering employee requests and questions
  • Assists department in carrying out various human resource programs and procedures for all company employees
  • Understands Brownells formal structure, policies, regulations and products/services


  • Demonstrates Brownells Values internally and externally
  • Facilitates courses and workshops (e.g., performance management, diversity, health management, targeted selection) to increase awareness and grow the skills of others.
  • Ability to effectively represent Brownells in a positive light
  • Maintain strong working relationships with internal and external customers and clients


  • Maintains required documents according to government regulations and company policy
  • Maintains records and compiles statistical reports regarding personnel-related data
  • Oversees maintenance of required records including FMLA, Workers' Compensation, employee benefits, unemployment law and employment law, safety, etc.
  • Maintains and coordinates employee recognition programs
  • Administers unemployment insurance processes
  • Conducts and plans employee engagement activities
  • Schedules and organizes complex activities such as meetings, travel, conferences
  • Perform internal audits
  • Assists or prepares correspondence with employees and external vendors
  • Maintains human resource information system records and compiles reports from the database as needed
  • Makes photocopies, faxes documents and performs other clerical functions
  • Assist in maintaining ADT badge system, including adding/deleting/updating users and badges




Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • BA degree with emphasis in Human Resources Management and two to three years of relevant experience.
  • PHR preferred but not required
  • Employee Relations

  • Conflict management

  • FMLA/CFRA, ADA, ADEA, FEHA, Title VII, FLSA, EPA  compliance

  • Performance management consulting

  • Staffing administration

  • Records administration

  • Benefits administration

  • Workers’ compensation


  • HRIS administration and reporting
  • Effective Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Coaching and Internal Consulting Skills
  • Problem solving skills.                   
  • Customer Service
  • Project Planning

Abilities and Strengths

  • Displays high confidentiality regarding sensitive information
  • Ability to state own thoughts and opinions convincingly
  • Initiative
  • Strong written communication
  • Adaptability
  • Dependability
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work environment, manage competing demands and deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events
  • Ability to take direction as needed

  • Strong multitasking skills


  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Customer Focus
  • Mental Agility
  • Learning Agility
  • Resilience
  • Self Confidence

Physical Hazards – Health and Safety Concerns

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.
  • Minimal travel is required for this position

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