HR Manager at KAR Global

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KAR Auction Services (NYSE:KAR) is a global Fortune 700 company headquartered in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana, with 18,000 employees across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Our diverse team helps the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, financial institutions, insurance companies and dealer groups buy, sell and trade used vehicles. Last year we facilitated the sale of more than 5.95 million units valued at over $40 billion through our physical, online, and digital/mobile auction marketplaces.


As a liaison between the business and HR for Data As A Service (DaaS), the HR Manager will be tasked with providing leadership, development and overall management of all HR activities while driving the Company’s culture through the delivery of various HR programs and services.  The HR Manager will also assess the needs of the organization and facility the development and delivery of professional development and continuous learning for all employees. 


Reports directly to the VP of HR.


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Focus on creating an amazing place to work and providing the best possible employee experience.
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of all training for staff development and a best-in-class new employee orientation and onboarding program.
  • Develop and oversee programs to drive employee engagement and satisfaction.
  • Conduct ongoing organizational and employee needs assessments to identify gaps and develop training needed to drive organizational success.
  • Drive additional talent management initiatives including, but not limited to performance management, succession planning, talent calibration sessions, etc, 
  • Oversee the recruitment process by developing staffing strategies and implementing plans and programs to identify talent within and outside the organization for positions of responsibility.
  • Assist management in planning and implementing staffing, scheduling, and monitoring overall changes in headcount.
  • Leverage coaching and counseling skills to help managers and employees handle and resolve employee relation issues.
  • Educate employees on company policies; conduct manager and employee training sessions and assist management with implementation and communication of those policies and procedures.
  • Maintain compliance with federal and state regulations concerning employment matters, including wage and hour laws; employee benefits; employee relations; talent acquisition, etc. 
  • The above duties are not meant to restrict initiative, but rather to define minimum activities. These duties may be altered to suit the needs of the company as needed.

Educational Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and at least five (5) years of previous Human Resources management level experience.
  • Previous experience building and/or enhancing a strong, employee-focused culture in a technology or start-up environment strongly preferred.
  • Computer knowledge and skill required including MS Windows, Outlook, Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, payroll systems, recruiting systems, onboarding systems, learning management system, employee/manager self service, benefit systems, and compensation systems.  Prior experience with ADP, Kronos and Taleo preferred.
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of Human Resources administration and excellent interpersonal, human relations skills including confidentiality, ethics/integrity, trust, credibility, objectivity, adaptability, a sense of urgency and loyalty are required. 
  • Ability to influence and build strong collaborative relationships with business partners through maintaining positive employee relations and morale whenever possible. Practice sound leadership and human relations principles to promote teamwork at all times. Set a good personal example of professionalism, positive attitude and excellent performance.
  • Demonstrated active listening skills including giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that essential functions and non-essential functions have been identified.  Requirements, skills and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions.


In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the associate or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.


Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer.


Environmental - Atmospheric Conditions:

Spending entire work periods in an office environment of shared office space or cube setting.

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Our Chicago office is located in River West on the North Branch of the Chicago River. We have free shuttles to major train stations and CTA lines.

An Insider's view of KAR Global

What's something quirky about your company?

Our culture is more like a family than colleagues. One of my favorite aspects about this office is our Parents-designated Slack channel—an online team collaboration site. It is a great reminder we aren’t just employees, but we can be moms and dads at work, shamelessly sharing fun stories about our personal lives.


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What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

KAR Global’s DevOps teams are always solving unique problems, but tackling complexity is the real challenge. We’ve found that meaningful solutions come when we don’t focus on fighting fires reactively and instead work collaboratively on building proactive frameworks and implementing forward-thinking processes.


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What does your typical day look like?

We start the day with a 15-minute huddle to talk about progress from the day before, the day’s plan and barriers to success that need to be addressed. This gives us a clear understanding of our priorities for the day. Our teams are dynamic, so every member of our project team works together each day to discuss design approaches and share ideas.


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What are KAR Global Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
KAR Auction Services gives every full-time employee a day with pay to volunteer with your favorite cause.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have both a local culture and company-wide wellness committee.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings Account (HSA) also available for employees enrolled in KAR medical plan. Both individual and dependent FSA's available to everyone.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
The annual employer contribution to HSAs is $750 for employee only coverage and $1,500 for family coverage. Contributions are prorated based on hire date.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Offering free weekly virtual workouts courtesy of River North Gym that are also available on demand after they take place.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave pay (full wage replacement) for employees within 6 months of the birth, adoption, or placement of a foster child.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
We partner with River North Gym to provide employees complimentary physical fitness options (virtual and onsite), as well as several sessions of 1:1 training with a health coach.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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