Manager of Risk

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42203

Title: Manager of Risk

Location: Hybrid (Golden Valley, MN)

SkyWater Search Partners has been engaged in the search for a Manager of Risk for an established organization that is consistently ranked among the top construction managers and general contractors in the nation. In this redefined position, you will play a prominent role in the overall strategy and evaluation of the policies that protect the future risks to the company’s operation.

This role will partner with the VP of Risk Management in support of operations, continuous improvement and management of financial risk. You will refine and oversee the education and training aspects of risk management programs, policies, and practices. This opportunity offers a competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career growth.


  • Champions the responsibility for working safely within an Incident and Injury Free culture
  • Analyzes and provide recommendations for improvement to insurance policies, programs and manuals
  • Collaborates and oversees the third party vendor relationships and pre-qualification process  
  • Negotiates and strategizes on forward thinking principals impactful to company’s growth
  • Review of subcontractor management strategies and development of changes for high-risk subcontractors
  • Controls and administers the corporate insurance programs for all lines of coverage, as well as the review and negotiation of OCIP policies and manuals
  • Presents detailed risk assessments by analyzing documents, statistics, reports and market trends
  • Partner with IT or Legal team members to support subcontractor management reporting systems.
  • Possesses a deep understanding of claims management process and supports the teams working on non-litigated general liability, workers’ compensation and other insured claims


  • 9+ years of professional experience in any combination of risk management, insurance brokerage, or underwriting
  • 5+ years construction specific experience strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in risk management, business administration, finance, insurance, or related discipline
  • Risk management or insurance related certification such as CPCU, CRIS, ARM, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to understand project insurance requirements and evaluate and negotiate coverages
  • Strong communication and partnership skills to leverage and build relationships
  • Confidence to have transparent and candid conversations while maintaining high standards of integrity
  • General understanding of legal contract documentation and compliance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build successful and lasting relationships
  • Developed skills (written, oral and listening) to effectively communicate with diverse audiences

Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42201

Talent Acquisition Specialist

SkyWater Search Partners is working with a leading, local manufacturing company.  This growing company is looking to add a Talent Acquisition Specialist to their team who will be responsible for the sourcing, recruiting, processing of new talent to the organization. This role reports directly to the Director of Human Resources.  

This role has the ability to have a flexible hybrid model, allowing remote work up to 3 days per week.


  • Source, recruit and pipeline candidates for current and future openings
  • Build strong and effective relationships with all members of the organization
  • Create and implement necessary talent acquisitions strategies, including, sourcing, recruiting, succession planning, and hiring-manager coaching
  • Provide individuals with a favorable and outstanding candidate experience
  • Attend job fairs and networking events as needed


  • 3-5 years of Human Resources/Recruiting experience
  • Experience recruiting for a variety of roles
  • Preferred experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential data
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Preferred experience with ADP Service Now
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in Human Resources

Human Resources Specialist

  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42200

SkyWater is currently partnering with a 50-year-old manufacturing company to find a Human Resources Specialist to support all functional areas of HR. This new addition to the growing team is ideally someone who has experience working with payroll systems and full cycle recruiting. This role will be required to be onsite, with some flexibility. This is an individual contributor role and will report directly to the Head of HR.

If you or someone you know is looking for their next role, this could be a great opportunity for you! If you are interested, please apply online or reach out to Yanna Svensen at


The incumbent of this position, who reports to the Human Resources Manager, oversees supporting all functional areas of HR, including hiring, benefits, compensation, training and development, employee relations, performance management, employee engagement activities, compliance, and enforcing policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the full cycle of hiring for all non-management exempt and non-exempt level positions, including posting job openings, locating candidates, reviewing resumes, phone screening candidates, organizing and conducting interviews, facilitating selection decisions and salary negotiations, and conducting pre-employment background checks and reference checks.
  • Organize recruitment drives and temporary hiring initiatives.
  • Provide new employee orientation and onboard all new hires.
  • Carry out duties related to benefit administration, such as answering queries from workers about their benefits, teaching them about our wellness programs, and aiding with the yearly benefit open enrollment process.
  • Process biweekly payroll as necessary and offer backup support for payroll.
  • Assist in supporting compliance activities and enforcing business policies and procedures.
  • Serve as a go-to person for all staff members with inquiries concerning corporate rules and procedures as well as for individuals looking for guidance on issues relating to their working conditions.
  • Support efforts for training and development while assisting with the administration of the pay and performance management programs.
  • Assist with initiatives for ongoing HR improvement.
  • Offer the receptionist backup assistance throughout their regular breaks and vacations.
  • Keep the corporate directory, organizational chart, and data on the intranet current.
  • Take part in the safety committee for the business and back safety measures.
  • As required, offer the executive team administrative support.
  • Capable of adhering to sensitive and private information.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications / Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant Human Resources experience
  • Detail oriented and ability to remain organized
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • HCM system experience preferred (client currently uses CentrallyHR – a UKG product)
  • Analytical and great problem solving
  • Ability to work independently and improve current procedures
  • Capability to maintain confidentiality with employee information

Talent Acquisition Director

  • Location: Mendota Heights, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42177

Our client is a Twin Cities-based, mid-market organization that has been around for over 25 years and brings innovative solutions & services to their industry. With year over year growth, they are going through an exciting transformation within their HR function.  The company has been recognized both locally and nationally as a top employer and for their innovative business model.   

We have been retained find a creative and nimble Director of Talent Acquisition. The selected candidate will be joining a collaborative, innovative and fast-paced organization and will be instrumental in transforming the recruiting experience. This role reports directly to the Chief People Officer and is a key member of the HR Leadership Team. 

To be a fit, we are looking for creative talent acquisition leaders that have experience in organizations that have undergone significant growth, change, and/or national expansion. This company offers a competitive salary + bonus, benefits package, and has been and will continue to offer a flexible working environment.


The Talent Acquisition Director will work closely with key partners in the business as a true talent acquisition business partner to define and drive initiatives, programs and processes to help the company grow in the right way with the right talent at the right time.  The role leads a geographically dispersed talent acquisition team to execute talent initiatives nationwide. 


  • Lead design and implementation of complex Talent Acquisition processes, bringing focus to structured program management and delivery and measurement of intended results.
  • Drive hiring process scalability, innovation, and diversification
  • Develop, coach, and lead a high performing talent acquisition team
  • Partner with stakeholders to fully understand the business and key talent needs
  • Develop digital and non-digital employment marketing content and comprehensive recruitment campaign planning and oversight of all external Talent Acquisition digital properties (company LinkedIn pages, Glassdoor, Indeed, etc.).
  • Stay abreast of key talent acquisition trends, hiring intelligence and talent insights
  • Passionately lead diversity in and inclusion initiatives in the hiring process
  • Develop and manage a talent acquisition budget and external vendor relationships
  • Collaborate and/or lead cross-functional HR initiatives


  • Bachelor's degree in human resources, a related field or equivalent work experience
  • 7+ years of progressive functional and technical experience in Talent Acquisition
  • Proven ability to be an effective people leader including experience leading geographically dispersed teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence across the organization
  • Strong business acumen and proven track record in driving results
  • Strong communication and change management experience with proven track record of success in leading / influencing change
  • The ability to move quickly and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven planning and prioritization skills including large scale programs and initiatives
  • Experience leading and growing teams from strategy through to operational execution but also a willingness to jump in personally to do the work.
  • Track record of leveraging technology and systems as a strategic tool, Workday experience preferred
  • Ability to work with and influence all levels of management in the organization
  • Experience in a private equity owned company and has experienced the sales cycle/integration process (preferred)



Executive Recruiter (IT)

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42077

Due to our continued growth, SkyWater Search Partners is currently looking to hire an Executive Recruiter for the Information Technology practice in our Minneapolis office.

The Executive Recruiter is responsible for helping drive the continued growth of our IT Department. This will be achieved through the development of recruiting plans, employing traditional sourcing strategies and resources, as well as developing new, creative recruiting ideas. They will also play a major part in helping lead SkyWater’s recruiting efforts; serving as a consultant to our clients. The Executive Recruiter will play a critical role in ensuring we continue to recruit and place the most talented professionals in Minnesota.

SkyWater Search Partners has been rated the #1 search firm in Minnesota (based on number of placements) for the past 7+ years in a row by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. We place more people in professional full-time positions than any other Minnesota-based search firm.

In addition, we have won 9 Best Place to Work Awards, as voted by our employees, in both the Minnesota Business Magazine, as well as the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and we offer one of the most competitive compensation structures in our industry.

If you have these skills and desire to work for Minnesota’s top-rated search firm, please apply now.

SkyWater Search Partners is conveniently located in the Carlson Towers in Minnetonka at the intersection of Highway 394 and 494. Our A+ rated building includes amenities like free covered parking, a complimentary gym membership with showers/changing rooms, an award-winning Café managed by Bon Appetit, and many other perks including the flexibility to work in a remote/hybrid environment..

Director of Total Rewards, HRIS & Payroll

  • Location: Eagan, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42073

Title: Director of Total Rewards, HRIS & Payroll

Location: Hybrid (Eagan, MN)

SkyWater Search Partners has been engaged in search for a strategic Total Rewards Leader for one of the largest and most influential recyclers in North America. In this newly created role, you will be responsible for the strategy and implementation of the total rewards program designed to attract, retain, and support employee engagement.

This highly visible role reports directly to the Vice President of Human Resources and will regularly interact with the executive leadership team. Our ideal candidate is a strategic leader that has a proven track record of developing and implementing comprehensive and competitive programs in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. This opportunity offers a competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career growth.


  • Champions the enhancement of the Total Rewards design and strategy to enrich a comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Drives compensation and long-term incentive analysis to push data-focused change
  • Leads the evaluation of the HRIS system and develops strategy to drive organizational effectiveness and talent management initiatives
  • Leverages technology and identify ways to streamline and simplify processes for efficiency
  • Expand the team’s expertise and consultation to stay current with industry trends and promote organizational growth
  • Curates and delivers communications regarding systems, benefits and process changes
  • Initiates continual assessment of the company’s annual performance procedure and merit processes to support employee retention, talent acquisition and performance management
  • Collaborates with third party vendors to review and analyze benefits data including 401(k), identify trends, determine employee and business needs
  • Intellect of HR Compliance activities including Affirmative Action Plans, EEO reporting, I9 and documentation audits, and support of internal audits
  • Upholds and fosters company vision, values, and culture by ensuring individual/team actions and behaviors are in alignment



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business or related field from accredited College or University
  • 8+ years progressive experience in human resources with an emphasis on compensation, benefits, payroll and HRIS. 
  • Proven ability to effectively lead a proactive HR team Ability to communicate effectively to employees at all levels both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to operate on both a strategic level and support day-to-day execution
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, change management and relationship building skills
  • Ability to drive team excellence using effective talent and performance management practices
  • Strong business acumen including and understanding of business strategies, competitive challenges and the financial impact of HR decisions
  • Possesses a high degree of integrity and ability to maintain confidential information
  • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations


Preferred Skills:

  • Professional certification (CCP, CPP, CBP, CEBS)
  • Master’s degree in Human Resources or related field

Office Manager

  • Location: Chicago
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42032

SkyWater is currently partnering with a global financial service company to find an Office Manager at their new Chicago location. The ideal candidate is someone who has experience working in a fast-paced and growing company, that is comfortable communicating with overseas leadership. This role will be required to be onsite, 5 days a week. This is an individual contributor role and will report directly to the Market Director, along with full support from the Facilities Manager (located in London).

If you or someone you know has experience running an office, this could be a great opportunity for you! If you are interested, please apply online or reach out to Yanna Svensen at


The Office Manager is a brand-new role and will be instrumental in helping the client expand their global footprint alongside business activity. It will be a great opportunity to support all the staff and improve facilities and services. The client is looking for someone proactive, with an ability to deal with day-to-day issues but also has the foresight to build up infrastructure for the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the general maintenance and ongoing development of the office
  • Ensure that facilities continually meet the applicable regulatory, environmental and health &

safety standards

  • Plan day-to-day and ad hoc essential services
  • Build upon the relationships with third-party service providers that the company already has
  • Liaise internally with stakeholders to understand their requirements of the company’s facilities

on an ongoing basis

  • Ensure the short-term, medium-term, and long-term requirements of the office are

fully understood and planned for accordingly

  • Maintain seating plans for the office and coordinate reorganizations with the relevant teams
  • Manage ad-hoc space requirements (i.e., auditors, graduates)
  • Maintain information relating to all offices in an orderly, logical, and centralized location that

is accessible to other stakeholders in the business

  • Effective communication with Landlord, facilitate solutions for service requirements and

issues including lighting, power, air conditioning etc.

  • Manage office-related contracts and review them on a general basis
  • To comply with all applicable Compliance policies, procedures, laws, and regulations


Qualifications / Skills

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to assimilate requirements from multiple internal stakeholder groups
  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience, preferably in financial services
  • Ability to disseminate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Health and Safety qualification
  • Fire Marshall/First Aid training
  • Leadership, ownership, and a can-do attitude

Human Resources Manager – Battle Creek, Michigan

  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #41990

Human Resources Manager, Battle Creek, MI

SkyWater Search Partners has been engaged by one of the nation’s leading cereal brands to hire a Human Resources Manager to support their Battle Creek, MI production facility. The role will be on-site to fully support the needs of the employees and the business. This production facility is their largest at about 400 employees: a mix between manufacturing, operations, engineers, and R&D employees. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with both manufacturing and unions and have the drive to jump in and guide the employees and managers onsite from an HR perspective.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to influence and partner across lines of business
  • Full spectrum HR experience, including benefits, payroll, performance management, ER, TA, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field
  • 5+ years of progressive HR experience
  • 3+ years of labor relations experience
  • Experience with multiple HCM systems

Additional Information:

  • Relocation assistance offered if needed

Total Rewards Director

  • Location: Bloomington , Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #41955

SkyWater Search Partners has been retained in search for a strategic Total Rewards Leader for a growing $5b global electronics manufacturer. In this newly created role, you will be responsible for designing and implementing total rewards programs (with an immediate emphasis on compensation strategy) that attract, retain, and support employee engagement. This highly visible role reports directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer and regularly interacts with the executive leadership team including the President. Our ideal candidate is a strategic Total Rewards leader that has a proven track record of developing and implementing comprehensive and competitive programs in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.  This opportunity offers a competitive compensation package, excellent benefits, and significant opportunities for career growth.


Leads the design and execution of the Company’s pay philosophy, salary grades and structure, and annual merit and bonus program.

  • Compensation Management, Administration, and Analysis – Research Total Rewards landscape to understand best practices and employment trends to ensure we hire and retain talent to deliver our business objectives
  • Develops insightful and data-informed recommendations to improve current programs/processes.
  • Ensure data integrity of people data in the system is prioritized and maintained.
  • Leads the design, implementation and communication of company benefit plans which are cost effective, consistent with company objectives and market competitive to attract and retain talent.
  • Oversees the development, implementation, and administration of benefit programs and compensation programs.
  • Establishes and manages relationships with vendors, brokers, and carriers, including monitoring service levels, costs, utilization, and other metrics to ensure a positive employee experience and value to the organization.
  • Leverage technology and proactively identify ways to streamline and simplify processes with an eye for efficiency and improved customer experience
  • Collaborate with HR partners and Business Leaders to facilitate attraction and retention of talent and ensure internal equity and compliance.
  • Lead annual market survey analysis activities and compensation planning processes.
  • Stays current with industry trends, developing concepts, practices and procedures in the benefits and wellness field and recommends changes to support a high-growth environment.
  • Ensures through audits and reports that the Company’s benefit programs and practices are consistently administered and compliant with company policies, and local and federal government regulations.
  • Leads and develops compensation, benefits, and payroll teams.
  • Oversees access requests to compensation and people data.  Act as the expert in the area of GDPR and China Privacy Law



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience combined with HR certification
  • 10+ years of strategic total rewards experience in a global and/or matrixed environment
  • Strong business acumen, analytical and strategic problem solver
  • Collaborative team player with dedicated focus in providing exceptional customer service
  • Proven leadership skills, including experience managing other HR professionals and influencing without authority
  • Strong proficiency in managing and leveraging large scale HRIS systems as a strategic tool
  • Self-starting and tenacious with the ability to perform under pressure
  • Strong project management and ability to initiate, implement, drive and sustain change
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with international HR strategy and decision making (preferred)
  • HR Certifications such as SHRM-CP, SPHR, CCP or CBP (preferred)

Global Human Resources Manager

  • Location: Rogers, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #41808

SkyWater Search is partnering with a high-tech manufacturing company in the Northwest suburbs as they look to hire a dynamic, agile professional to lead the Global Human Resources function.  This person will have oversight over the entire HR function, both domestically and globally.  Duties include, but are not limited to, recruiting, training and development, employee relations, compensation, benefits administration, policy development and implementation.

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