At Polaris our DNA started with co-founders Edgar Hetteen, his younger brother Allan and his close friend David Johnson who had somewhere to be and no way to get there. 65 years later, you still see that drive, ingenuity, and pioneering spirit in everything we do.

Senior Human Resources Generalist

Location: Vermillion, South Dakota US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 3956

Requisition Number: R014312

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External Description: At Polaris Inc., we have fun doing what we love by driving change and innovation. We empower employees to take on challenging assignments and roles with an elevated level of responsibility in our agile working environment. Our people make us who we are, and we create incredible products and experiences that empower us to Think Outside.


In this role, you will be part of the HR team supporting our rapidly evolving distribution network within the Parts, Garments and Accessories Division. This role will have direct responsibility for Polaris' largest distribution center located in Vermillion, South Dakota. As the primary HR business partner for the facility, this role will partner with site leadership to establish and execute strategic objectives, to ensure high level performance around Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost. This role will lead HR vision and goal setting for the facility, while also partnering with the broader HR team to drive alignment across the DC network. This role requires experience in a broad range of HR functions including; recruitment and selection, talent management, compensation and benefits, training and development, change management, and employee relations.


  • Leadership and execution of site HR activities including; interviewing and selection, policy enforcement, orientation and training, new hire processes, and employee relations
  • Contribute to building the DC network HR strategy and lead execution to achieve high-level results
  • Partner with the business to drive accountability around employee performance standards including in the areas of safety, productivity, and quality
  • Identify employee and organizational needs on an on-going basis and coach management to respond to these needs Facilitate change, lead strategic initiatives, and successfully manage complex projects
  • Lead processes to identify, attract, reward, develop and retain a high quality, high performing workforce
  • Continue to improve best practices and standardization around on-boarding, training and organizational development Maintain a development focused culture that enables succession planning and retention of high potential talent
  • Continue to drive a positive work environment and high employee engagement, including issue resolution, training, development and coaching
  • Counsel employees regarding duties, career development, benefit programs, policies and other employment related questions
  • Lead and council leadership on employee relations issues and corrective action steps in disciplinary issues
  • Support monthly, quarterly and annual HR metric tracking and reporting
  • Ensure management consistency and compliance to federal and state employment laws
  • Represent Polaris in the community and foster positive community relations
  • Provide planning and support for all college recruiting efforts for early in career talent, in coordination with the central university recruiting team
  • Lead initiatives that foster diversity in the workplace
  • Other projects, initiatives and duties as required

  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources or a related field required; Masters' degree in Human Resources or related field, or MBA, preferred.
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in Human Resources required
  • Previous experience supporting distribution, warehousing, or manufacturing strongly preferred
  • Understanding of core HR processes, employment laws and related procedures
  • Sound judgment with the ability to integrate HR practices into business processes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to build credibility with executive management, operations leadership and employees
  • Strong customer focus and excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to effectively manage conflict
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, experience with HRIS system-based software and experience with payroll administration required

  • Warehouse and office environments •
  • Travel required, up to 15%


This opportunity is located in Vermillion which is nestled in the southeastern corner of South Dakota just minutes away from the Nebraska and Iowa borders. Vermillion is the perfect place to settle down and raise a family as well as excel your career. It's a small, comfortable, safe, University community that offers various recreation activities including bike paths, four city parks, an 18-hole golf course, hunting, fishing, Division 1 college sports, and much more. If you're ready to become part of a team that operates a world-class distribution center, look no further.

We are an ambitious, resourceful, and driven workforce, which empowers us to Think Outside. Apply today!

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2018 sales of $6.1 billion, Polaris' high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris' presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.

EEO Statement

Polaris is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

City: Vermillion

State: South Dakota

Community / Marketing Title: Senior Human Resources Generalist

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