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Director of Human Resources


At Oshkosh Defense, we stand behind those who dedicate their lives to protecting others. Every day we strive to meet or exceed our customers' ever-changing needs with next generation defense technologies and advanced systems. We operate with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services worldwide to perform their missions.

Oshkosh Defense is a segment of Oshkosh Corporation, which is a Fortune 500, multi-billion-dollar company. At Oshkosh Corporation we are dedicated to designing and building the world's toughest specialty trucks and truck bodies and access equipment by working shoulder-to-shoulder with the people who use them.

The Director of Human Resources for Operations at Oshkosh Defense, reporting to the segment Vice President of HR, is responsible for leadership, guidance, counsel, oversight, and support of strategic and tactical human resources needs for Oshkosh Defense Operations leaders and team members. The Director partners with the HR Centers of Excellence to align to business needs and ensures excellence in the delivery of HR programs and services for the Defense segment in accordance to the collective bargaining agreement.


Provide leadership for team member engagement, labor relations, employee relations, succession planning, performance management, talent management, diversity and inclusion, change leadership, team member recognition, communication, organizational design, and workforce planning.
Partner with Operations Leadership team members to achieve business objectives.
Provide leadership to the Operations HR team including Labor Relations team, HR Managers, Team Member Care team, HR Business Partners, and HR Administration.
Provide coaching and development to business and HR leaders to drive a people first focused culture.
Lead labor strategy planning and execution efforts.
Partner with union leadership on grievance and arbitration resolutions and negotiations.
Accountable for budget items for assigned areas of responsibility.
Serve as a leader in driving positive organizational change.
Partner with HR Centers of Excellence to develop proactive talent development and talent planning strategies to mitigate future talent gaps.
Support the selection and overall talent acquisition process for Operations, as well as make recommendations regarding key hiring decisions within the business.
Ensure a fair and consistent interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreement and Company policies, practices and procedures.
Provide insight and leadership to align Human Resources strategy to business strategy.
Lead by example to demonstrate the Oshkosh People First Competencies and Defense Leadership Principles.
Foster change leadership, act as an HR brand ambassador, and drive culture by caring for our team members, our communities and our customers.


Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field
Demonstrated experience in driving a culture that aligns to “Making A Difference” in the lives of team members, communities and customers
Strong leadership competencies including inspiring and motivating others, building collaborative relationships, coaching & developing others, strategic thinking and organizational alignment
Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communications and a strong professional presence
HR Functional expertise (i.e. labor relations, performance management, employment law, affirmative action, compensation, benefits, etc.)
Continuous improvement mindset with experience in process improvement
Demonstrated ability to develop organizational capability
Experience with HR leadership for a multi-site organization


Master’s degree
PHR/SPHR certification
Experience with a global manufacturing organization, preferably in a unionized environment

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