Regional HR Business Partner

Location: Jacksonville

Company: Foss Maritime

Employment Type: Full Time

Region: Florida

Job Category: Human Resources

Publish Date: January 13, 2022

Company Description: For more than a century, Foss Maritime has set the standard for marine transportation with leading edge technology, engineering, and shipbuilding. Combining global reach with local expertise, Foss is recognized for its state-of-the-art fleet, experienced and dedicated crews, knowledgeable customer service staff, and world-class engineers. Along with our independent subsidiaries the company employs thousands of people throughout the United States. With hundreds of tugs and barges we provide harbor services and transportation operations in all major U.S. West Coast ports – including the Columbia and Snake River system. Internationally, Foss supports customers across the Pacific Rim, in Europe, South America and the Arctic.


  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Foss Maritime


Partners with regional business leaders to identify and develop strategic HR solutions that align with business objectives. The HR Regional Business Partner is involved in a variety of business activities that focus on enhancing organizational performance, developing a competent and committed marine workforce, and building organizational capabilities that directly impact business strategies.



  • Serves as the primary HR contact and consultant for the region.
  • Manages, facilitates and implements solutions using a consultative approach.
  • Advises, coaches and counsels regional leadership on human resources concerns to manage business, labor, and legal risk, and supports employee engagement and performance management.
  • Maintains a strong understanding of business objectives; aligns and adjusts HR strategies to meet changing needs.
  • Maintains positive & supportive relationships with all employees both within and outside the Companies and responds to employee requests for information and assistance.
  • Establishes strong relationships and collaborates well with HR colleagues at corporate and in other regions.
  • Champions and advocates for the value of HR initiatives to the business, as well as advocating the business’s challenges and perspectives to the corporate HR team.
  • Attends meetings, retreats, and business planning sessions with the regions/businesses they support.
  • Ensures execution of established human resources policies and procedures throughout the assigned business unit.

Recruiting & Development

  • Administers employment/recruitment activities, assuring that properly qualified marine employees are recruited to fill regional positions using an online recruiting management system.
  • Understands the talent needs of the business and responds accordingly. Identifies talent issues before they affect the business.
  • Ensures acquisition, development and retention of talent for the present and future by encouraging use of coaching, mentoring, on-the-job learning and training.
  • Participates in new-employee orientation and onboarding activities.
  • Advises GM and regional business leaders regarding training and development needs, including assessing needs and skills of the business unit, providing department specific support and coordinating with the training specialist for available resources.
  • Assures that company employment, personnel, and equal opportunity policies and practices comply with the applicable provisions of federal and state labor laws, including the maintenance of necessary files.
  • Analyzes trends and metrics in partnership with HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies.
  • Brokers services to HR specialists (compensation, benefits, recruiting, training, etc.) as appropriate. Partners with specialists and assists as needed.
  • Develop and/or conduct training sessions.
  • Maintain training records in LMS for tracking and reporting.
  • Leads, facilitates and implements succession planning, workforce planning, leadership development, employee development, and team building.

Employee/Labor Relations

  • Coaches, counsels, and advises management on employee and labor relations issues.
  • Advises GMs regarding organizational changes that may involve staff reassignments, staff reductions and resource pool assignments and the services related to the termination of employment including outplacement as needed for assigned areas.
  • Partners and serves as a resource and advisor to managers on performance feedback, counseling, coaching, career development, disciplinary action, and terminations.
  • Responds to and investigate employee relations issues such as employee concerns, harassment allegations and ethics violations by conducting effective, thorough, and objective investigations and documentation.
  • Key participant in developing collective bargaining strategies for the region.
  • Responds to union grievances and participates in union labor negotiations, arbitrations and other legal proceedings as required.
  • Assists in implementation of successor labor agreements.
  • Communicates and updates managers and employees on HR initiatives, policies and procedures.
  • Partners with respective business units at all levels to improve work relationships, build morale, increase productivity and retention.
  • Coaches, influences or advocates in a manner that meaningfully affects change and culture shifts.
  • Serves as a consultant to leaders on employee engagement activities and supports and promotes the employee survey process. Strategizes with leaders to develop action plans.
  • Conduct exit interviews; perform analysis on feedback and reports findings and recommendations to HR leadership.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Administers Wellness and Leave Programs
  • Coaches, counsels, and primary internal point of contact for all LOA/FMLA questions and concerns.
  • Interprets and administers leave programs and policies in accordance with applicable federal and state employment laws (FMLA, ADAAA, USERRA, Pregnancy Disability Act, etc.)
  • Partners with the Designated Employer Representative (DER) to ensure Foss’ Drug and Alcohol programs comply with DOT and USCG requirements.
  • Coordinates with Payroll for Gym reimbursements under Foss’ Wellness program.
  • Crewing and Time Keeping
  • Evaluates marine employees for optimum utilization.
  • Manages marine personnel head count to avoid additional costs due to guaranteed wage rule if applicable.
  • Reviews validity of all wages relative to union agreements, including daily wages, hourly overtime, sick leave, short-term disability and vacation pay.
  • Audits data into on-line payroll system for all wages paid to marine personnel.
  • Coordinates special payroll situations between marine personnel and accounting department.
  • Maintains database for Coast Guard licenses for deck officers and engineers.
  • Maintains seniority lists for union employees.


  • Be a leader for “Speak Up”, including encouraging peers and staff to exhibit a safe and ethical culture.
  • Responsible for all matters of employment for marine employees including recruiting, training, development, promotion, drug testing, discipline and termination.
  • Understands and complies with Foss’ Affirmative Action Plan, EEO, Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and other HR policies and procedures.
  • Effectively communicate function and/or regional goals and objectives.
  • Provides leadership to achieve company Core Values, Mission and Safety Vision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
  • Adheres to all company policies.
  • Conducts vessel visitations on a regular basis to interact with crews for enhancing office to vessel communication in addition to identification of any personnel issues that require attention.
  • Performs special projects within the HR team, and other HR Generalist activities as needed.


  • Broad HR experience in a variety of HR disciplines, including labor and employee relations, leave management, compensation, organizational development, HR processes, talent management and performance management.
  • Strong knowledge of human resources principles and practices.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to plan, organize and manage multiple tasks as well as ongoing projects.
  • Requires well-developed critical thinking, problem solving, analytics, customer service, interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Ability to build strong partnerships and work collaboratively with managers and employees with varying background and cultures.
  • Manage multiple priorities with frequent interruptions.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive company information.
  • Demonstrated change management skills.
  • Strong business acumen and good understanding of business operations.
  • HRIS experience, preferably ADP and SAP.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office and general office equipment.
  • Must be able to make fair, unbiased decisions and stay levelheaded in difficult situations.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to quickly think of a problem through and make authoritative, autonomous decisions.
  • Must maintain a professional demeanor and be able to work with all levels of employees.


Eight years of experience at an exempt level HR Business Partner or HR Generalist. Experience with and high degree of comfort with specific state laws. Bachelor’s degree in human resources highly recommended, business or related field or a combination of work experience and education. HR Certification and Union experience required. Maritime experience helpful, but not required.

Foss Maritime Company is an Equal Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We are committed to a diverse workforce and taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Foss is a drug-free employer and a participant of the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.

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