Human Resources Manager

  • Location: Oakdale, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43516

SkyWater Search Partners is engaged on an exciting new opportunity with a prominent and growing franchisee of a well-known (and delicious!!) restaurant chain. They are looking for a driven Human Resources Manager who can help to bring cohesiveness to their current process and structure while managing the crucial daily tasks of the HR department. 

Ideal candidate will be quick on their feet, organized, and eager to jump in!

Payroll Manager

  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43471

SkyWater Search Partners is partnering with a private equity-backed retail company to find their next Payroll Manager. This role is based on site, with the intention to progress to a hybrid-model in Oakbrook Terrace, IL. We are looking for an energetic, collaborative candidate that is hungry for growth and comfortable in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate has in-house and multi-state experience in retail, hospitality, or restaurant industries. This position will sit on the Finance team and report to the Controller.

If you are a passionate in payroll and want to join an organization where you can truly make an impact, this could be a great opportunity for you! If you are interested, please apply online or reach out to Yanna Svensen at


This position is responsible for supporting the Company’s objective to continue executing on its growth plan and improve its industry-leading position. This role is an individual contributor role, with the goal to eventually take on additional platforms and build out a team underneath them.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Ability to meet payroll deadlines
  • Oversee the resolution of employee inquiries, wage data, and payroll adjustments keeping employee experience at the forefront
  • Remaining organized and detail oriented in an everchanging workplace
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with internal departments (Finance and HR) to ensure accurate reporting, the identification of system improvements, and recommendations to leadership on solutions
  • Oversee both quarterly and annual tax returns across federal, state, and local jurisdictions
  • Successfully maintain a relationship with third-party vendors
  • Proven success in leadership, coaching and feedback to appropriate parties
  • Practice working with employees across the organization to assist with employee relations for all things payroll and benefits
  • Readiness to identify issues as they arise and handle them properly
  • All other duties as assigned


Qualifications / Skills:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Human Resources, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience running payroll in a multi-state capacity
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a supervisory role
  • Excellent understanding of HRIS / Payroll system (Paycom)
  • CEBS, CPP or equivalent certifications
  • Knowledge of tax compliance, human resources, and other regulatory rules
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite or related software (Excel)

Executive Assistant

  • Location: Edina
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43406

SkyWater Search Partners has been engaged with a Minnesota-based wealth management company to hire an Executive Assistant to support the President of the company. This position maintains a hybrid work model out of their Edina, MN office and can work remotely up to 2 days per week once trained.

Senior HR Business Partner

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43373


The Senior HR business partner (Sr. HRBP) role is responsible for aligning HR objectives to business objectives for designated client groups and developing integrated solutions to achieve them. The HRBP serves as a consultant to leadership on human resources-related issues. The successful HRBP will act as an employee champion and change agent. The HRBP leverages deep knowledge of the business and strong relationships across the HR function to collectively achieve results. The Senior HR business partner supports approximately 425 employees across Minneapolis, Minnesota and Los Angeles, California. 


·Drive meaningful HR processes by establishing effective routines with leaders and maintaining open lines of communication.
·Partner with leaders to provide guidance and tactical support on HR related topics (workforce and succession planning, compensation, hiring, performance management, development, etc.) and utilize the collective HR team to align people strategies with business goals.
·Leverage strategic thinking and business acumen to contribute to strategy and decision making; challenge prevailing wisdom and propose ideas that lead to better strategic decisions.
·Establish and maintain strong relationships with senior leaders; serve as a trusted thought partner, influencing, coaching and providing guidance as needed; act as a change agent to support business needs.
·Analyze trends and metrics in partnership with the HR group to develop solutions, programs and policies; Use data and insight to diagnose and resolve issues that affect organizational performance.
·Serve as an expert on team and talent effectiveness strategies; work closely with leaders and employees to improve performance, build employee engagement and increase productivity and retention.
·Provide day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions).
·Ensure complex employee relations issues are resolved through a partnership with Employee Relations. Support (and occasionally lead) the investigation and resolution process. 
·Maintain in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance. Partner with Employee Relations and the legal department as needed/required.



·Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field
·7+ years of experience in Human Resources
·4+ years of experience working in a Human Resources Business Partner role
·Working knowledge of multiple Human Resource disciplines (e.g. compensation practices, organizational diagnosis, employee relations, diversity, performance management, and employment laws)
·Experience leading and/or supporting Change Management efforts
·High level of comfort with Microsoft Office tools, including the ability to perform workforce analytics in Excel
·Ability to travel to multiple work sites occasionally/as needed
·Highly persuasive influencing and negotiating skills, including experience presenting to and influencing senior leaders. 
·Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with HR and business leaders
·Strong work ethic and self-motivated; ability to set and manage priorities, multi-task and pivot as priorities change




·SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification
·Experience working within an HRIS system (e.g. Workday); gather and analyze employee data to identify trends and inform decisions for driving positive change within the business unit
·Exposure to leading project/process work that showcases attention to detail and organizational ability to effectively organize, plan, control and prioritize work/projects
·Experience supporting call center operations as a Human Resources Business Partner
·Experience supporting multiple sites and remote workforce
·Virtual work experience



Human Resources Manager – Le Sueur, MN

  • Location: Le Sueur, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43244

Human Resources Manager

SkyWater Search Partners has been engaged on an incredible opportunity for an HR Manager in Le Sueur, MN. The client is a family-owned, industry leader in quartz surfaces. This HR Manager will have on-site presence at the client’s 1M sq. ft. facility and have two direct reports. This position will be responsible for the day-to-day human resources operations and the point of contact for on-site employees. The HRM role offers an amazing opportunity for career growth at a well-known and respected Minnesota-based company. This position is a new role and will report directly to the Human Resources Director.

Location: Le Sueur, MN

Regional Human Resources Generalist

  • Location: Zumbrota, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43198

Title: Regional Human Resources Generalist

SkyWater is currently partnering with a high-growth manufacturing company to find their next Regional Human Resources Generalist in Zumbrota, MN. This role will oversee 200 employees at their Zumbrota, North Carolina, and Tennessee locations. The client is seeking a seasoned Human Resources professional who has the experience and the even-keeled demeanor to be a partner in the transformation of the company’s strategy. This role reports to the Director of HR, is an individual contributor, and expected to travel to their other sites once a quarter.

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


To ensure legal compliance and the effective execution of the organization’s mission and talent strategy, this role’s tasks include planning, leading, directing, developing, and coordinating the HR department’s policies, operations, and staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner leadership cross-functionally to identify the organizations’ goals and strategies related to staffing, recruiting, and retention.
  • Delivers coaching and guidance to all levels of leadership and employees.
  • Creates and executes HR programs to support compliance and strategy needs.
  • Administers HR programs including compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
  • Identifies staffing and recruiting needs via workforce planning and executes best practices for hiring.
  • Creates and delivers performance evaluations to the appropriate leaders.
  • Reviews data within HRIS and delivers metrics from the organization to leadership.
  • Conducts best practice to ensure organizational compliance (federal, state, and local laws and regulations).
  • Continuously tracks internal/external data to keep organization up to date on market trends and reports to leadership.
  • Executes other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of management/supervisory experience.
  • Detail oriented and ability to remain organized.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient with or ability to quickly learn the organization’s HRIS and talent management systems.
  • Analytical and great problem solving.
  • Ability to work independently and improve current procedures.
  • Ability to travel as needed to other locations.

Executive Administrative Assistant

  • Location: Golden Valley
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #43130

We’re excited to partner with one of the most exciting and growing healthcare and medical device organizations in Minnesota as their CEO is in search of a talented, dependable and strategic Executive Administrator. 

This well-respected company has been voted a Best Place to Work by its employees, and has doubled in size in the last 4 years alone.  They partner with some of the most respected organizations in Minnesota, including Medtronic, 3M, and Mayo Clinic.  If you want to work for a nonprofit organization that is advancing the transformation of healthcare, this role is for you!

The Executive Administrator will provide proactive support to manage the CEO’s day to day schedule, scheduling internal and external meetings.  They will also plan, coordinate and attend all Board related meetings, workshops and special events. 

This role is physically located in Minneapolis, but the organization is open to a hybrid work arrangement. The overall compensation package is competitive with an attractive base salary, bonus potential, and benefits package. 

Sr. Associate HR Operations

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42909

Title: Senior Associate HR Operations

SkyWater is currently partnering with a global investment firm to find a Senior Associate HR Operations to support the recent integration of Workday. This is a newly created role, and the ideal candidate is dedicated to process optimization and administration, while focusing on cleaning up processes, data reporting, and maintaining positive HR collaboration. This role is only required to be onsite 2-3 days a week and reports to the Director of HR.

If you or someone you know is a Workday subject matter expert, this could be a great opportunity for you! If you are interested, please apply online or reach out to Yanna Svensen at


The Sr. Associate HR Operations makes sure the HR systems fulfill the demands and specifications of the organization as a part of a cooperative HR Team. To uncover important metrics and trends and address business problems, this job will also design and provide reporting and data analytics.

Key Responsibilities

  • Acts as the subject matter expert for the Workday system, which includes but is not limited to:
    • Identifying and recommending improvements
    • Creating training materials
    • Configuring system functions and troubleshooting
    • Maintain security, business processes, release updates, etc.
  • Generate and distribute key reports and workforce analytics to the appropriate business leaders
  • Serve as pay and benefits admin, duties include:
    • Assist with processing bi-weekly and semi-monthly payroll
    • Coordinate open enrollment
    • LOA admin duties
    • POC for vendor management
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications / Skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, Business or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 4 years relevant HRIS, payroll and benefit administration experience
  • Experience within Workday – implementations, upgrades, configurations, etc.
  • Detail oriented and ability to remain organized
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven proficiency with Microsoft Office tools, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Analytical and great problem solving
  • Ability to work independently and improve current procedures
  • Capability to maintain confidentiality with employee information

Human Resources Business Partner

  • Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Remote: Remote
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #42898

SkyWater Search is partnering with one of our global, innovative clients with a longstanding, successful history in their industry, worldwide product reach and an entrepreneurial culture as they look to hire an HR Business Partner in Brooklyn Park.

The HRBP will be responsible for influencing and executing talent strategies across two businesses.  This person will work closely with employees and management in the areas of recruitment, onboarding, talent development, retention, employee relations and much more.  This position will be great for someone who wants to feel like they are running their own business while also benefiting from the security of a large, established company.  

If you are interested in and qualified for this position, please apply online or send your resume directly to Allie Bornstein at

Senior 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 Senior-level 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 and serving as a consultant to our clients. The Senior 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..

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