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Wright Beverage Distributing Corp. Human Resources Manager in Buffalo, New York

Human Resources Manager

Job Details

Job Location

Buffalo Sales Office - Buffalo, NY

Position Type

Full Time

Education Level

4 Year Degree

Salary Range

$72,443.00 - $101,421.00 Salary

Job Category

Human Resources


Wright Beverage Distributing is looking for a dynamic, energetic and people oriented Human Resources Manager to join our team! You will play a crucial role in shaping our company culture, driving employee engagement, and fostering a supportive work environment.

You will receive training and development with the opportunity to grow. Wright Beverage provides an excellent benefits package for employees and their families with best-in-class health insurance. Come join our team and make Wright Beverage your career!

POSITION VISION Under the direction of the HR Director, the HR Manager is responsible for the direct support and oversite of HR practices and processes. The functional areas include onboarding, performance management, policy development and implementation, recruitment/employment, employment law compliance, employee relations and safety. Responsible for compensation administration and for overseeing all aspects of payroll, HRIS technology. The HR Manager works collaboratively with Leadership and the HR Team in supporting the development of a company culture that emphasizes quality, continuous improvement, and high performance. This position requires time in our Rochester, Buffalo, and LeRoy facilities as well as occasional travel to Olean and Finger Lakes.


  1. Oversees day-to-day payroll administration, including weekly payroll processing to ensure accuracy of payroll and errors are reconciled. 2. Directs the development and execution of Human Resource Information System (HRIS) strategies. Identifies opportunities to leverage HRIS technology to realize a continuous return on the investment of current and new technologies and maximize efficiencies. 3. Run payroll reports as needed and ensure compliance of year end payroll.4. Investigates and resolves errors/issues.5. Work with HR Director and Management to identify short- and long-term training and development initiatives. 6. Assists with the carrying out of a company-wide process of organizational development that addresses succession planning, superior workforce development, key employee retention, and change management. 7. Coach and counsel supervisors and employees on the implementation and management of HR policies and procedures. 8. Assists in development and evaluation of department in relations to established goals. Recommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvement and efficiency of department and services provided.9. Assists in establishing departmental measurements that support the accomplishment of the company’s strategic goals.10. Ensures the effective communication of employee compensation and benefit plans. 11. Updates job knowledge and personal development by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations and workshops.12. Ensures a comprehensive and effective on-boarding process is completed with all new employees. 13. Complies with all existing governmental and labor legal and government reporting requirements including EEO, ADA FMLA, ERISA, the Department of Labor, worker compensation, and OSHA. Maintains minimal company exposures.14. Maintains up to date knowledge on all state and federal laws and works with HR Team to implement necessary policy changes.15. Advise employees and managers on the interpretation of policies and programs, such as employee selection and performance management.16. Assists with employee communication and feedback through such avenues as company meetings, suggestion program, employee satisfaction surveys, employee focus groups and one-on one meetings. 17. Foster a positive culture and work environment.18. Keeps a pulse on employee relations and promotes employee engagement. 19. Attends meetings as required and assists with company-wide committees. 20. Supports Human Resources Department with special projects (other duties as assigned).21. Advises management in appropriate resolution of employee relations issues. Investigates employee complaints, making HR Director and management aware of such complaints and insuring timely and equitable resolutions.

CUSTOMER RELATIONS1. Develop and maintain positive management and employee relationships.2. Develop and maintain positive external vendor relationships.3. Develop a network of HR professionals through GRCC meetings, GVC SHRM, and other HR organizations.


  • Education:

  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree or associate degree with equivalent HR experience.

  • Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, or related field. PHR or SHRM CP Certification

  • Skills:

  • Minimum: Proven Leadership and Relationship Management skills, Excellent problem solving, time management and organizational skills. Ability to interact with both staff and management along with ability to work independently. Must maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands and can deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events. Proficiency in Advanced Excel, and Microsoft Word.

  • Experience:

  • Minimum: 4 years’ experience in Human Resources with proven knowledge of HR policies, programs, practices, and procedures relating to compliance, performance management, employee development, employee relations, benefits, recruitment, and safety. Experience with HRIS. Strong experience with compensation plans. Supervisory experience required.

  • Preferred: Human Resources experience in a distribution and/or manufacturing environment. Experience with Paycom HRIS.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTSWhile performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to walk; sit; talk or hear. Ability to perform repetitive tasks accurately. Requires some bending and lifting. up to thirty pounds

WORK ENVIRONMENT CONDITIONSOffice environment, must be able to travel to other facilities as needed


401(k)401(k) matchingDental insuranceDisability insuranceFlexible spending accountHealth insuranceCritical Care Illness PlanLife insurancePaid time offParental leave

DECISION MAKINGMay make decisions with respect to prioritizing own work schedule. Meets regularly with HR Director. Must seek direction or approval on non-routine problems/issues that may occur.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTSCrucial to remain calm and composed with dealing with difficult people or situations. Must conduct business in professional manner at all times along with maintaining the highest level of confidentiality.

This job description is general in nature but serves as a guide to your job responsibilities. Management reserves the right to periodically add, modify, change, or delete these job responsibilities. It should also be understood and acknowledged that these job responsibilities are not to be construed as creating any type of employment contract or guarantee of employment or other employment benefit between the employee and WBD.